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News release - Issued by York Theatre Royal

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

Town and Country, The Infernal Galop and Watch With Mother

York Theatre Royal, 24 & 25 March
Press performance Fri 24 March, 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Bourne’s EARLY ADVENTURES will arrive at York Theatre Royal on 24 and 25 March as part of a year-long celebration of work to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Company.

In EARLY ADVENTURES Matthew Bourne returns to his roots with a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures Company today. Town and Country and The Infernal Galop were last seen on tour in 2012 and Watch with Mother has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

The cast includes New Adventures favourites: Reece Causton, Tom Clark, Daniel Collins, Sophia Hurdley, Mari Kamata, Jamie McDonald and Edwin Ray as well as Joao Carolino and Paris Fitzpatrick who are making their New Adventures debut.

EARLY ADVENTURES is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston.

Town and Country - Lie back and think of England… Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles. This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!

Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard? - Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children’s games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell’s famous Nursery School sketches (“George… Don’t do that”) and set to Percy Grainger’s own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

There will be a post-show Q & A with Matthew Bourne on Friday 24 March.


For further press information please contact

Shelagh Bourke,, 07971 819 016
For press night tickets please contact
Gabriella Lee,

24 March – 25 March 2017
Friday & Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinee Saturday 2.30 pm
Tickets £30 - £16
Box Office 01904 623 568


Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, world-class dancers and high-quality production values, New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British theatre. New Adventures has notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 10 Olivier Award nominations. The Company won the Stef Stefanou Outstanding Company Award at the National Dance Awards 2015. Over the past 30 years New Adventures has created 12 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 4.5 million people worldwide. Investing in the future of dance and theatre, Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures, was formed in 2008. Every year Re:Bourne engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK and around the world. In 2010, the New Adventures Choreographer Award was launched to support and encourage the next generation of dance-makers.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE
Artistic Director, New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to dance.
Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
Matthew started his dance training at the comparatively late age of 22. He danced professionally for 14 years creating many roles in his own work. As Artistic Director of his first company, Adventures in Motion Pictures (1987-2002) Matthew created many award winning works. Further hit productions were created when New Adventures was launched in 2002, becoming the UK’s busiest and most successful dance company.
In 2008 he established his charity Re:Bourne to increase opportunities that inspire young people with a passion for dance.

Sir Matthew Bourne and New Adventures Commemorate 30 Years
The year-long celebration of work to commemorate 30 years of New Adventures began with Matthew’s first new production in four years The Red Shoes which opened at Sadler’s Wells in December 2016.
The celebrations continue with the UK and international tour of Early Adventures which plays through to 12 April 2017. Also, in April, New Adventures and Re:Bourne’s production of The Lord of the Flies will have its Australian premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday 5 April - Sunday 9 April 2017. This is the first international season for The Lord of the Flies and an Australian exclusive.
The year of celebrations come to an end with the much-anticipated return of one of New Adventures’ most loved productions Cinderella to Sadler’s Wells for Christmas, following its sell-out season in 2010. 2017 marks 20 years since the production first premiered in the West End. Tickets will go on sale Monday 6 March 2017. Throughout their anniversary year, New Adventures will play over 300 performances at a record 34 UK venues and will perform in six countries across the world. This will include nine weeks at Sadler’s Wells and nearly 40 weeks of touring elsewhere. The productions will feature over 90 dancers.

York Theatre Royal has brought delight and fulfilment to the people of York and beyond by offering a rich and diverse programme of creative activity for 270 years. York Theatre Royal is one of the UK’s leading creative producers and presenters, constantly building on its reputation for producing high quality and ambitious theatre with highly regarded productions of new commissions, revivals at all scales and each year delivering a pantomime of international renown. The theatre serves audiences of all ages – children, youth, teenagers, adults and seniors.

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