Matthew Bourne returns to The Nutcracker

Matthew Bourne first impressed audiences with his wonderful take on The Nutcracker some twenty years ago. Since then he has done several ballets and has now returned to The Nutcracker with a new group of dancers from his New Adventures’ group. The performance is set to occur this November in Bromley at the Churchill Theatre.

The Nutcracker was the first full production that Bourne took on and its success meant that he went on something of an unexpected journey. He later produced several ballets all that were quite controversial and gave him something of a reputation in the industry as a bad boy. Some of his most notable ballets have been Cinderella and Swan Lake which he put on with just male dancers.

About his original performance of The Nutcracker he said, “When I was asked to take it on I was rather surprised, I was working with a small company and we had only six dancers. Taking on a ballet of that kind of magnitude seemed unrealistic. I quickly realised it was a challenge to be embraced and I worked hard to make it a successful production.”

The performance is widely regarded as probably the best production of The Nutcracker that has ever been seen in the UK. Bourne has said that he wants to celebrate the anniversary of its release with his new performance which he says will be as exciting and fresh as the original. He continued, “Every time I take on The Nutcracker I see new opportunities for it to evolve. I want to keep the charm of the ballet but I also want to give it something new and different.”

The Nutcracker was written by Tchaikovsky over 120 years ago and is still popular today. Bourne says that, “The story of the play, which involves the main character getting older and falling in love, is something that everyone in the audience can relate to. It is this timeless story and the incredible music by the composer that make The Nutcracker a ballet with endless appeal; it really has the ability to transport the audience to another world.”