News: Matthew Bourne’s 30th Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

News: Matthew Bourne’s 30th Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

Matthew Bourne, New Adventures and Re:Bourne celebrate their 30th company anniversary with a year-long celebration of their work.

Since their first performance in 1987, New Adventures has become a great British success story of UK theatre – in addition to extensive UK touring over the past 30 years New Adventures has played in 15 countries across the world.

So to commemorate this achievement in 2017, throughout their anniversary year New Adventures will play over 300 performances at a record 34 UK venues, featuring over 90 dancers in six countries across the world. This will include nine weeks at Sadler’s Wells, where the celebrations begin begin with Matthew’s first new production in four years.


“THE RED SHOES” opens at Sadler’s Wells on 6 December 2016 and is the twelfth full length production in the New Adventures repertoire. Playing until 29 January 2017 before continuing its tour, Bourne seduces audiences with a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Set to a new score (arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies), this world premiere reunites Bourne with regular collaborators, New Adventures Associate Artists and the team behind the world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty – Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

Bourne then returns to his roots with “EARLY ADVENTURES”, a programme of early works 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. The tour begins on 2 February 2017 and plays through to 12 April 2017.

Also in April, New Adventures and Re:Bourne’s production of “LORD OF THE FLIES” sees its international debut in an Australian exclusive at Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday 5 April – Sunday 9 April 2017. Based on William Golding’s iconic novel, the show follows on from its success of the 2014 UK tour and stars New Adventures principal dancer Dominic North in the principal role of Ralph.

The celebration year ends back where it began, with  “CINDERELLA” launching New Adventures’ 16th Christmas Season at Sadler’s Wells following its sell-out season in 2010.  2017 marks 20 years since the production first premiered in the West End.

Visit the Sadler’s Wells website to book tickets for The Red Shoes.