The Car Man - Royal Albert Hall

The Car Man tickets at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Albert Hall, London

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Matthew Bourne’s sexy and dangerous dance epic The Car Man returns to London for 14 shows only at the Royal Albert Hall this summer.

This spectacular new staging of Matthew Bourne’s Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning show will be completely reimagined for the gladiatorial arena of the Royal Albert Hall, adding a frisson of danger as the dancers perform throughout the auditorium amid stage designs by Olivier and Tony award-winner Lez Brotherston.

Featuring an expanded company of 65 dancers and musicians, a live orchestra and epic new designs, these 14 performances of The Car Man are a unique opportunity to see this extraordinary production as you’ve never seen it before.

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.

An all-star cast includes ‘Luca, The Car Man’, played by Will Bozier and Richard Winsor, and ‘Lana’ danced by Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen.

What’s the story of The Car Man?

The story is set in 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 cast of The Car Man

A fabulous cast includes Will Bozier and Richard Winsor sharing the part of Luca, The Car Man; Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen sharing the part of Lana; Paris Fitzpatrick and Dominic North sharing the part of Angelo; Kayla Collymore and Kate Lyons sharing the part of Rita; and also Alan Vincent (Dino), 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).

The Car Man creative team

The Car Man is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen), sound by Paul Groothuis, lighting by Chris Davey and design by Lez Brotherston.


Reviews of The Car Man

Reviews of previous productions

★★★★ "Glamorous, sexy, funny and dangerous. A triumph!" - Evening Standard
★★★★★ "Sultry perfection" - The Observer
★★★★ "A dynamite dance of desire" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Superb, witty, drop-dead sexy" - The Telegraph

Show Information

Age restrictions
12+
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
Booking to 19 June 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Important Notes

No under 12s. All customers aged 14 years or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.


Venue Information

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Nearest Tube or Train: South Kensington (District, Piccadilly, Circle)
Nearest Buses: 9, 10, 52, 70, 360
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Cast announced for Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall
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. Book tickets to The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall in London The Car Man 2022 - Principle cast for the Royal Albert Hall production 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”.
Cast Announced for Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells
New Adventures  announce the cast for Matthew Bourne's award winning dance thriller The Car Man playing at Sadler’s Wells from 14 Jul til 9 Aug. The first staging of this production in eight years will see a new generation of New Adventures' stars debuting in the iconic leading roles.  Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield will play the title role Luca, The Car Man,  Ashley Shaw and Zizi Strallen will play the role of Lana, and  Katy Lowenhoff and Kate Lyons will play Lana's older sister Rita. The demanding role of Angelo will be shared by rising New Adventures star Liam Mower, and the ever popular Dominic North. The original car man, Alan Vincent returns to the company to play Lana’s violent husband, Dino. Completing the stellar cast, as the inhabitants of the fateful small town of harmony usa are Cordelia Braithwaite, Tom Clark, Danny Collins, Pia Driver, Freya Field, Glenn Graham, Tim Hodges, Katrina Lyndon, Andrew Monaghan, Leon Moran, Danny Reubens, Katie Webb, Layton Williams and Dan Wright. 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. Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera it features Schedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet's score by Terry Davies. BOOK Book tickets to Matthew Bourne's The Car Man

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