Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

Thursday 23 February 2017 to Saturday 25 February 2017
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
30th anniversary celebrations.

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Please note: due to weather conditions the post concert talk this evening (Thursday 23rd) has been cancelled.

Due to unforeseen circumstances “Watch with Mother” will be replacing “Spitfire” as part of the Early Adventures repertoire when it visits Cambridge Corn Exchange.  “Watch with Mother” has not been seen for nearly 25 years and we are delighted to have this opportunity to share it with a wider audience.

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures will visit the Corn Exchange in 2017, as part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. With designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston, Matthew returns to his roots with the programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today.

The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles - This is France as seen by the uptight English
imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach’s
inevitable Can-Can!

Town and Country - Lie back and think of England. Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of
national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger,
amongst others.

Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard? - Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children’s games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell’s famous “Nursery School” sketches (“George… Don’t do that”) and set to Percy Grainger’s own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.
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Three Acts

40min (interval 15min)

30min (interval 15min)