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Matthew Bourne's 'The Car Man'

Dec 11 at 8pm ET – Dec 13 at 11:59pm ET


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About The Car Man

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.

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

The Car Man was presented at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2001.

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

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On Demand: Friday, December 11 at 8pm ET –
Sunday, December 13 at 11:59pm ET


$10 (for all guests; available only in the U.S.)

New Adventures/Matthew Bourne
Music by Terry Davies and Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite” (after Bizet’s “Carmen”)
Directed & Choreographed by Matthew Bourne

Beautifully live-captured performance! Please note: this stream is only available in the U.S.

TOTAL RUN TIME: 1 hour 38 minutes (pausable)


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