Gripping and explosive show returns to North East

The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
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One of the country’s leading dance companies is returning to the North East later this month with one of its biggest hit shows – a revamped version of a famous popular French opera.

New Adventures is back at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday, April 28, until Saturday, May 9, with the gripping and explosive The Car Man.

The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

Directed and choreographed by probably the ‘hottest’ choreographer in the world right now, Matthew Bourne, the show is loosely based on Bizet’s Carmen and has one of the most exciting and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertoire, featuring Schedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet’s legendary score.

The Car Man was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event of the Year and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Choreography. This revival marks the first time the production has been staged in eight years.

The familiar 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960s 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.

Inspired by classic European and American film noir and the pulp-fiction novels of James M Cain and Raymond Chandler; Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling create a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

The Car Man is at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

The Car Man is at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday, April 28, until Saturday, May 9. Tickets are available from £16.50 (pay less online) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal box office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk