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Thursday, 12 July 2012
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm or 4pm
Tuesday to Sunday 7.30pm
1 hour 40 minutes
Returning for its first revival as part of New Adventures? 25th anniversary celebration, Matthew Bourne?s Play Without Words makes its debut at Sadler?s Wells in a strictly limited four week season.
Tickets from £63.00
Chelsea, 1965. Behind the privileged faÃ§ade of domestic social order lies a struggle for power, territory and sexual domination. In a suave Chelsea home an urbane master and his beautiful fiancÃ©e welcome their new manservant, Prentice. What follows will change their lives forever. Sexy, chic and thrillingly original, this dance drama is a spellbinding carnival of seduction, intrigue and power.
Returning for its first revival as part of New AdventuresÂ? 25th anniversary celebration, Matthew BourneÂ?s Play Without Words was a critical and popular success when it was first produced by the National Theatre in 2002. It now makes its debut at SadlerÂ?s Wells in a strictly limited four week season. Designer Lez Brotherston and lighting designer Paule Constable repeat their Olivier-nominated work and Terry DaviesÂ? acclaimed jazz influenced score will be played live at all performances.
Play Without Words won the 2003 Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer.
So good, I saw it twice.
Stunning, stylish and sexy. A step back in time and Britain's answer to Mad Men, using only the medium of dance. Beautiful from start to finish. A must for Bourne fans but a thrill for all (not suitable for younger children though).
Boredom Without Words
As a massive fan of Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands I was very excited to see this. Perhaps I had already set myself up for a fall. The set was mediocre, the story was beyond minimal and the execution and choreography (arguably the defining feature of Matthew Bourne's shows) had moments of utter genius, but these were fleeting and few and far between. I can't fault the performances which were expressive with wonderful movement and energy. A device where characters were played by three different people at once was interesting both allowing for a larger production and potentially more story although that opportunity seemed wasted. Showing three complimentary mediocre plays at the same time didn't constitute a better overall show.
Great advert for modern dance: exciting, intriguing, erotic and superbly performed
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