Will Bozier, Richard Winsor, Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen to star in The Car Man.
Matthew Bourne’s production of The Car Man is coming back to London this Summer in a major new production at the Royal Albert Hall.
Running from 9 to 19 June 2022, this multi award-winning dance thriller is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, and produced by his New Adventures company and the Royal Albert Hall.
The production reimagines Bourne’s original dance show as a big-budget spectacular, timed to celebrate the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th Anniversary.
Based on Bizet’s opera Carmen, The Car Man has been reimagined for the Albert Hall’s in-the-round space, and will feature stage designs by Olivier and Tony award-winner Lez Brotherston.
A company of 65 dancers and musicians and a live orchestra will feature in the show, and principle casting has now been announced.
The title role of ‘Luca, The Car Man’, will be played by Will Bozier and Richard Winsor, with the role of ‘Lana’ danced by Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen. The role of ‘Angelo’ will be shared by Paris Fitzpatrick and Dominic North, ‘Rita’, Lana’s older sister, will be performed by Kayla Collymore and Kate Lyons, and ‘Dino’ Lana’s violent husband will be played by Alan Vincent.
The wider company includes Jonathon Luke Baker (Franco); Benjamin Barlow Bazeley (Fabio); Alistair Beattie (Marcello); Stephanie Billers (Delores); Isaac Peter Bowry (Elio); Cordelia Braithwaite (Mercedes); Ben Brown (Ricardo); Reece Causton (Dirk); Jade Copas (Natalie); Harrison Dowzell (Rocco); Cameron Flynn (Roberto); Rose Goddard (Sophia); Glenn Graham (Bruno); Bryony Harrison (Frankie); Shoko Ito (Elisabetta); Monique Jonas (Bianca); Nicole Kabera (Gina); Kurumi Kamayachi (Silvana); Katrina Lyndon (Monica); Rory Macleod (Marco); Andrew Monaghan (Vito); Stephen Murray (Chad); Harry Ondrak-Wright (Lorenzo); Edwin Ray (Alberto); Danny Reubens (Hot Rod); Sam Salter (Raf); Gabrielle de Souza (Giulietta); Catrin Thomas (Claudia); Christopher Thomas (Ugo) and Bryony Wood (Elsa).
Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling combines with one of the most passionately dramatic scores ever written, with musical arrangements by Terry Davies featuring Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen), to create a dance event like no other.
In Bourne’s reimagining, the 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory of Carmen becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America, where a small-town’s dreams 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.
The Car Man is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies & Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen); designs by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Paul Groothius.
More about the principle cast of The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall
Will Bozier was last seen as ‘The Swan/Stranger’ in “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” in 2018/2020, and also stars in the recent film version. Most recently, he performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Richard Winsor, also a former Lead Swan, has a history with “The Car Man” that goes back to his debut with New Adventures in 2001. He has played several roles within the production (including ‘Angelo’) and now returns in his debut as ‘Luca’. As well as playing a host of leading roles with New Adventures he was most recently seen as ‘Tony Manero’ at the Peacock Theatre in “Saturday Night Fever”.
Ashley Shaw has been a Principal performer with New Adventures since 2009 playing most of the leading roles in the repertory. She won a National Dance Award for her acclaimed portrayal as ‘Victoria Page’ in New Adventures “The Red Shoes” in 2018.
Zizi Strallen also returns to the role of ‘Lana’ – she won a National Dance Award for playing this role in 2016. Zizi is currently starring in the title role of Mary Poppins at The Prince Edward Theatre.
Paris Fitzpatrick was most recently seen in Matthew Bourne’s newest work, “The Midnight Bell” and also created the role of ‘Romeo’ in New Adventures hit production of “Romeo and Juliet” in 2019. This will be his debut as ‘Angelo’.
Dominic North, one of New Adventures most popular dancers for close to 20 years will return to the role of ‘Angelo’, a role that he also plays in the most recent film production. He was most recently seen as ‘Fritz’ in the hit production of Nutcracker!
Kayla Collymore will be making her Principal debut in the role of ‘Rita’ in “The Car Man”. Kayla featured in New Adventures world tour of “Swan Lake” and can currently be seen in a variety of roles in New Adventures Nutcracker!
Kate Lyons returns to the role of ‘Rita’, having played her to great acclaim in the recent film version. Kate joined New Adventures in 2010 for “Cinderella” and has featured in most of the company’s repertory since that time, most recently in “The Midnight Bell’.
Alan Vincent is returning to the show in which he created the title role of ‘Luca, The Car Man’ at the shows premiere in 2000. This time he will be playing the role of ‘Dino’ following a stellar career with New Adventures that saw him play leading roles in pieces as diverse as “Play Without Words”, “Nutcracker!” and ‘The Swan’ in “Swan Lake”.