Matthew Bourne’s
Play Without Words

A word from Matthew…

“Just call it a play without words for now.” Those were my words to the National Theatre when they asked me to create a piece of theatre in 2002. It was a chance for me to experiment, to create a completely original piece of work. Play Without Words has become the perfect title because it has other meanings; there’s so much you can say without words.

To celebrate New Adventures’ 25th anniversary in 2012, our company wanted to bring back the production that, next to Swan Lake, is probably our most critically-acclaimed piece (and in my opinion the most unique and stylish!)

Set in Chelsea, London in 1965 Play Without Words explores the free-loving swinging 60s and its darker, seductive side.

We’ve created something that’s sexy, chic, suave and full of the trade-mark style and drama I hope you expect from a New Adventures production. In a Chelsea home, where only the most beautiful people live, an urbane master and his beautiful fiancée welcome their new manservant, Prentice. What follows will change their lives forever – and prove a surprising truth about love and the struggle for power, territory and sexual domination.

The story was inspired by several 1960s films, most notably The Servant, in which the class system is challenged when a servant turns the tables on his arrogant employer. Two of our original cast members Saranne Curtin and Richard Winsor (who starred in The Car Man, Swan Lake and Dorian Gray, and Swan Lake 3D) returned to the show in 2012. I’m sure you’ll agree that I have an outstanding, versatile, beautiful and sexy company which – combined with a very cool jazz score – makes this show a dazzling dance-theatre work.

Matthew Bourne
Director / Choreographer

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