Bourne’s back to his roots in dance show at Warwick Arts Centre

A scene from The Infernal Gallop, presenting France as seen by the English
A scene from The Infernal Gallop, presenting France as seen by the English

He’s widely regarded as the UK’s favourite choreographer – and now Matthew Bourne is bringing his new show to Warwick Arts Centre.

The show Early Adventures comes to the venue from Thursday February 16 to Saturday February 18.

It comprises a series of hit pieces that launched Sir Matthew’s career and saw the birth of the style, wit and entertainment that have become hallmarks of his New Adventures company.

Two of the pieces were last performed in 2012, with one not seen for nearly 25 years.

Town and Country is a heartfelt pastiche exploring notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward 
Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, among others.

The Infernal Gallop presents France as seen by 
the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded, and climaxing in Offenbach’s Can-Can.

Watch with Mother looks at children’s games, and is based on Joyce Grenfell’s Nursery School sketches.

It is set to Percy Grainger’s own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure.

Early Adventures is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston.

Tickets start at £17.

Visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk or call 024 7652 4524 to book or for more information.