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Matthew Bourne's 'The Car Man'

Dec 11, 2020 This is a virtual event

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    Tickets give you access to the on-demand stream debuting Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET. The stream will be available through Sunday, December 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Tickets are being sold exclusively through Center Theatre Group's Digital Stage.

  • Pricing:
    $10; film will be available for streaming Friday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET through Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET
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The Car Man is one of modern dance’s most thrilling and entertaining shows and a signature production for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. First seen in 2000, when it won the Evening Standard Award for “Musical Event of the Year,” it has proved to be a smash-hit in the UK and around the world. This recording for Sky Arts was made at Sadler’s Wells during the production’s most recent revival.

The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and has one of the most instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory of the opera becomes a greasy garage-diner in the American mid-west of the 1960s. The arrival of a handsome stranger disturbs the dreams and passions of those who live and work there. Fuelled by heat and desire, the townsfolk are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

Lez Brotherston’s epic design and Chris Davey’s evocative lighting perfectly complement Matthew Bourne’s vivid choreographic storytelling, which draws on a wealth of cinematic references. Together with the glorious dancing of a wonderful cast, they create a delightful, dangerous and ultimately uncompromising vision of small-town America.

A New Adventures and Illuminations production for Sky

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Car Man was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells during its 2015 National Tour.

"Superb, witty, drop-dead-sexy.” —Daily Telegraph


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