So, something to look forward to in the summer of 2021, the year when the Royal Albert Hall celebrates its 150th anniversary, and what better to help mark the date than Matthew Bourne's big thriller?
Based on Bizet's much-loved opera Carmen and set to Rodion Shchedrin’s reworking of its popular score (augmented by Terry Davies), Bourne's The Car Man draws its aesthetics and inspiration from 40s Hollywood film noir, in particular the earlier version of The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Transposed to 60s small-town America, the plot centres on a garage, and a mysterious stranger who gets a temporary job there and in the process disturbs the precarious balance of relationships in the town. This being a Bourne work, there's plenty of sex of all varieties, there's envy, jealousy, betrayal, and finally murder, in a story full of thrills that often has you on the edge of your seat.
For this new production, Matthew Bourne is making the most of all the Royal Albert Hall has to offer, with an augmented cast of 33 dancers, a 25-piece live orchestra and a grandiose new design by Olivier and Tony award-winner Lez Brotherston.
During the 20 years since its premiere at the Old Vic, Bourne's The Car Man has had a couple of revivals and toured extensively, in the process garnering a raft of awards including the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event of the Year 2000 and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Choreography.
It's big, brash, sexy, in-your-face and a typical example of Matthew Bourne's uniquely powerful dance theatre; and in The Royal Albert Hall it appears to have found its natural home. Roll on June!
Age Guidance: 12+
Priority Ticket sales: 9 December
General sale: 10 December
|What||Matthew Bourne's The Car Man, Royal Albert Hall|
|Where||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
17 Jun 21 – 27 Jun 21, 19: 30 weekend mats 14:30 Dur.: 2 hours 20 mins inc one interval
|Website||Click here to book|