Performed by Matthew Bourne’s Dance Company, New Adventures, the award-winning The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies.
The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a powerful and uncompromising vision of small-town America.
Starring an outstanding cast of dancers praised for the power and magnetism of their performances. The title role of ‘Luca, The Car Man’, is played by CHRIS TRENFIELD; ‘Lana’ by ZIZI STRALLEN; ‘Rita’, Lana’s sister is performed by KATE LYONS; ‘Angelo’ is played by DOMINIC NORTH; and ‘Dino’ by ALAN VINCENT
Matthew Bourne – “Of all our New Adventure’s dance productions The Car Man has become the show that is most often mentioned as a ‘favourite’ by audience members, and it’s loved by the dancers too who relish the chance to perform such gutsy and challenging roles. I’m delighted that dance fans across the UK will have the opportunity to watch this incredibly powerful 2015 revival on the big screen at their local cinema.”