Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man returns for the Royal Albert Hall’s centenary

A limited edition of Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man opens at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.

The production, which includes a group of 65 dancers and musicians and a live orchestra, will play 14 shows at the London venue from June 9th to 19th.

Directed and choreographed by Sir Matthew, the Olivier-nominated dance thriller is a reinterpretation of composer Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen.


Sir Matthew Bourne created the dance production The Car Man (Ian West/PA)

Set in 1960s America, small town dreams are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Fueled by heat and desire, the residents are drawn into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

The show first premiered at the Theater Royal in Plymouth in 2000 and later performed at The Old Vic in London and played in Los Angeles in 2001.

It has been revived several times by Sir Matthew’s production company New Adventures, but this will be the first time the company has staged a full production at the Royal Albert Hall.

They said the dance production was “reimagined for the venue’s gladiator arena” and will center around a sleazy garage diner.

The show will also have an immersive element as the dancers perform throughout the auditorium.

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The show will be a limited run at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the venue’s 150th anniversary (Ian West/PA)

The ensemble cast includes Will Bozier and Richard Winsor, who will play the title role of Luca, The Car Man.

The character Lana is portrayed by Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen, and her abusive husband, Dino, is played by Alan Vincent.

Lana’s older sister Rita is played by Kayla Collymore and Kate Lyons and Angelo, a hired help, are shared by Paris Fitzpatrick and Dominic North.

The musical arrangements are by Terry Davies with Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite based on Bizet’s Carmen.

Stage design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Paul Groothuis.

The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall takes place from 9th to 19th June. Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man returns for the Royal Albert Hall’s centenary

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