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Sadler's Wells, London4.917 reviews

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Fasten your seat belts... The Car Man is back! Matthew Bourne's internationally acclaimed dance/thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for 'Musical Event of the Year'. The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet's popular opera and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures' repertory, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies.

"Mesmerising. The Car Man is a triumph"  Sunday Times

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.

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 dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

Another spectacular production from the UK's most popular dance/theatre company, New Adventures; The Car Man follows the phenomenal success of Swan Lake, Nutcracker!, Highland Fling and last year's acclaimed Edward Scissorhands.

"Electrifying, a dynamite dance of desire" Daily Mail.

"Electrifying, a dynamite dance of desire. The music is Bizet, the atmosphere is steamy and the art of storytelling in movement is pure Bourne" San Francisco Chronicle


Additional Information

Age restriction

Suitable for ages 12+ No under 5’s

Running time

2 hours including one interval

Performance dates

Tuesday 14th July – Sunday 9th August 2015

Special notes

Suitable for ages 12+ No under 5’s admitted

Venue Information

Sadler's WellsRosebery Avenue, Islington, London, EC1R 4TN

Customer Reviews

17 reviews4.9

Sheila Ebbutt12th August

It was a fantastic show. The dancing was superb, and the acting, and the set and direction. A most moving and emotional evening.

Karen Holden9th August

Brilliant piece of theatre/dance. Held your attention from before it started to the end. Another excellent production by Matthew Bourbe

peter clode9th August

extremely brilliant and captivating

cecilia miskelly9th August

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed this performance. It was brilliant kitchen sink ballet. A cross between grease and West side story. The dancing was fast furious and flawless and so expressive one really got caught up in the story. A great interpretation of very exhilarating music. I would go again and again and again.

Nadine Vella8th August

It was a lovely experience. The dancing was brilliant,mine theatre was just right. Couldn't fault it. Matthew Bourne is a genius

Shelagh McCarthy7th August

We thought it was an absolutely amazing performance! Loved it !

William Whymper6th August

This was a wonderful show! A great and original concept brilliantly staged and danced. Huge energy and commitment from a very talented cast. We particularly loved the music and the exciting orchestrations. The one big dampener on the evening was even before we entered the auditorium. Our tickets were each priced £45, but I had paid £54 for each ticket, a total of £216 for the four of us. There was no receipt with our tickets, and no acknowledgement of a £9 booking fee on each ticket. £9 on each ticket?? NINE POUNDS?? Daylight robbery. How on earth can London Theatre Direct Ltd. justify adding that amount to tickets which are already quite expensive enough? Please explain!!

William Wilson6th August

Smooth experience with a great show at the end of it. Easy to book and no problems collecting the tickets at the theatre box office.

Maggi Marmion5th August

The only way to describe this show .... Absolutely AMAZING !!!

Sarah Francis5th August

An exhilarating production superbly staged and choreographed. The raw emotions kept me on the edge of my seat.

Diana Roxburgh3rd August

Full of life, a great modern version of a classic.

anne claydon3rd August

we took the special offer Sunday tickets and it was money well spent. I don't like dance but the trailer looked really exciting. the story was eloquent, funny and passionate told through dance and was well staged. Energetic, exciting and visually pleasing.