NEW ADVENTURES is the UK’s most in demand contemporary Dance/Theatre touring company. Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director, Matthew Bourne, it has, over the last 25 years, changed the landscape of British dance with an award-winning repertory of works that have brought unprecedented new audiences to theatres throughout the UK and internationally.

Matthew Bourne and his team of world-class collaborators have consistently produced some of the most successful dance productions ever staged. Since it’s formation in 2002, NEW ADVENTURES has created an enviable repertory of acclaimed new works (Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray and Lord Of The Flies) as well as new productions of popular favourites from Matthew Bourne’s former company, Adventures In Motion Pictures (Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, Highland Fling, The Car Man and Cinderella

The Company regularly employs over 70 dancers annually, and they are widely recognised as the finest group of actor/dancers working in the UK today.
NEW ADVENTURES is proud to be Resident Company at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London where it regularly performs record-breaking extended seasons. The Company annually undertakes extensive country-wide touring, appearing at more venues and giving more performances each year than any other UK dance company. British dance’s biggest export for over 10 years, New Adventures has performed seasons at the worlds most iconic venues (Sydney Opera House, New York City Center, The Chatalet in Paris, The Kennedy Center and The Moscow Arts Theatre) the most prestigious Festivals (Edinburgh, Ravenna and Chekhov International Festivals) and regular tours to Japan, the USA, Australia, Europe and Russia.

Mixing popular appeal with a groundbreaking and unique theatrical language, New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British Theatre. The Company has notched up a staggering ten Olivier nominations for it’s productions, has won the Manchester Evening News Dance Award four times and was given a Special TMA award for it’s commitment to national touring. 

New Adventures has also been a pioneer in taking dance to wider audiences through the medium of film. Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is the only full length dance production to be shown on BBC1 in the last 30 years; A studio adaptation of The Car Man is still a dance bestseller, and the recent recording of Swan Lake by Sky Arts 3D became the first ballet to be shot in 3D for cinema and DVD release. 

In 2008 the company created it’s charitable wing, Re:Bourne, which aims to inspire and encourage young people and adults, with a year round programme of creative projects, workshops and educational initiatives based on the New Adventures ethos of dance theatre. This was followed in 2010 by the launch of The New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) which showcases the work of a young choreographer, and was created to honour Bourne’s 50th Birthday.

To coincide with Matthew Bourne’s 25th year as Artistic Director, Faber are publishing an updated version of his 1999 book (with Alastair Macaulay) this time titled “Matthew Bourne and his adventures in dance” which brings the story up to date including the launch of New Adventures in 2002.

The 25th Anniversary celebration also saw the company performing six diverse works at thirty two UK venues culminating in the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty in October 2012.




1987-1990: THE EARLY YEARS


“The treats included the appearance of a new company called Adventures in Motion Pictures”
The Guardian

“I hope to see more… of a new company, Adventures in Motion Pictures.”
The Financial Times


“absurdly dignified”
The Observer

“brilliant and hilarious…”
The Dancing Times

THE INFERNAL GALOP (1989 – Revived 1992)

“Matthew Bourne’s choreographey is among the rare delights of the British new dance scene today”
The Financial Times

“offers some of the best fun of any dance show this year”
The Independent



Winner of Barclays’ New Stages award
Nominated for 1992 Olivier award for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in Dance”

“The UK’s cleverest, most entertaining dance company… seriously beautiful choreography”
Time Out

“Matthew Bourne has firmly established himself as the Noël Coward of Modern Dance”
Ham and High


“an evening of playful horror, exaggerated intrigue and lurid fun in the manner of Hitchcock”.
The Guardian

“hits moment of brilliance in its translation of movement into dance…downright chilling… succeeds extraordinarily in making you feel on your nerve endings, all the sexuality, menace and intensity of Hitchcock’s cinema.”
The Independent


“a refreshing desire to entertain has set AMP apart in the modern dance world.”
Ham and High


Starring Nigel Hawthorne
Nominated for the 1993 Golden Rose of Montreux

DRIP – A Narcicistic Love Story (1993) (BBC TV)

Winner of a 1993 Dance for the Camera Award


Premiered  on 26th August at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival (with Opera North)
Sadlers Wells Premiere – 8th December 1993
Nominated for a 1994 Olivier award, “Best New Dance Production” 
Nominated for a 1992 The Scotsman’s Best of the Edinburgh Festival Award.

“A sensational Nutcracker…”
The Guardian

“Dazzling imaginative.”
The Sunday Times

“A cracker with a touch of genius”
The Stage


HIGHLAND FLING – A Romantic Wee Ballet

“One of the funniest, funkiest, most irresistibly infectious ballets I have ever had the delight of sitting through”
Daily Mail

“…mighty set-pieces of fast, foot-flying dance, phrases that move at the speed of light…his most dancerly work.”
The Independent on Sunday


SWAN LAKE (1995)

World première at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 9th November 1995
West End première at the Piccadilly Theatre, 11th September 1996
US première at the Ahmanson Theatre, LA, 25th April 1997
Broadway première at the Neil Simon Theatre, 8th October1998
Winner of over 30 international awards including the 1996 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and the 1999 Tony Awards for Best Choreographer, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design.

“The most fabulous sight on the London stage”
Daily Telegraph

“…uniquely audacious and unforgettable”.
LA Times



World première at the Piccadilly Theatre, 26th September 1997; US première at the Ahmanson Theatre, LA, 7th April 1999.
Winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance” for Lez Brotherston’s Set and Costume Designs.
1999 Backstage Garland and Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Awards for "Best Choreography"

“Matthew Bourne proving again that he has one of the most dazzling theatrical imaginations in the business”
The Guardian

“A work of considerable genius”.
The International Herald Tribune

2000 - 2001

THE CAR MAN (2000)

World Premiere – Plymouth 16th May 2000
Winner of The Evening Standard Award for “Musical Event of 2000”
Nominated for Olivier Award - ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance”

“A humping, pumping, thumping fat hit”
Daily Telegraph

“Gorgeously expressive and gripping. The storytelling is so concentrated that it feels at every moment on the verge of explosion”



2002 - 2004


World Premiere – National Theatre 23rd August 2002
Winner of two Olivier Awards for “Outstanding Theatrical Event” and “Outstanding Choreography”
Winner of National Dance Award - "Best Choreography"
Nominated for five Drama Desk Awards and The South Bank Show Award

“ A groovily shagtastic and blazingly original show…a absolute cracker – funny, sexy, sinister, nostalgic, brilliantly stylish”
The Daily Telegraph

“A breakthrough in Bourne’s career and a major event in British Theatre”
Financial Times


Premiere -  Bromley 11th November 2002

“Surely the only version in history to generate real narrative tension. Once again, Bourne proves that when it comes to conjuring stories, he knows how to work the right spells”
The Guardian

“Even more charming, even more of an eyeful than ever before”
The Daily Telegraph

The Spectator

SWAN LAKE (10th Anniversary Production)

Premiere 1994

“It’s epic, tragic, personal and universal. Welcome back to this tremendous show”
The Daily Telegraph

'Blazingly original and serenely self assured. Bourne finds an entirely new Swan Lake, you feel at the end, that was just waiting to be discovered"
San Francisco Chronicle

2005 -2007


Premiere -  Bromley 12th February 2005
“It’s a Bourne again classic”
The Guardian

"A masterpiece of simple storytelling...a genuinely affecting tragedy"
The Scottish Sunday Times


Premiere - Plymouth 14th November 2005
USA Premiere - San Francisco 11th November 2006
Winner of The Drama Desk Award – “Unique Theatrical Experience”
Winner of The Manchester Evening News Award for “Best New Dance Production”
Nominated for The South Bank Show Award

“Shear theatrical magic… soars into ballet ecstasy”
Time Magazine

“a seemingly boundless sense of invention and attention to detail… could hardly be more inspired”
Wall Street Journal 

“Mr Bourne is the outsider who makes other outsiders feel comfortable in the theatre”
New York Sun

2008 -


Previews - Plymouth 14th August
World Premiere - Edinburgh International Theatre 22nd August
London Premiere - Sadlers Wells 2nd September
Winner of The Herald Award for Excellence at The Edinburgh Festival 2008

Winner of The Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Dance Production 2010

"Dorian Gray is Bourne again... a 21st Century makeover that works astoundingly well"

"A beautiful and perfect, wordless essay on these lives and times"
The Independent

"A brutal comment on modern celebrity and the futility of hedonism...genuinely disconcerting"
Daily Express



Previews - Plymouth 17th November 2010

Sadler's Wells from 30th November 2010

Nominated for 2010 Olivier Award - Best New Dance Production

Nominated for 2010 Manchester Evening News Award - Best Dance

"What a stunning show Matthew Bourne has created. This must be the most heartwarming and sophisticatedly rewarding show in London. A magnificent show and Bourne's finest hour"
Ismene Brown The Arts Desk

‘A gripping theatrical spectacle. Bourne does something wonderful: he scatters love, like fairydust. This Cinderella turns into another kind of fairytale – the miracle of love in war’

‘Cinderella fills me with optimism for the future of dance. Let's celebrate Matthew Bourne, the great showman of British dance’
Daily Telegraph

Swan Lake The Car Man Cinderella Nutcracker! Play Without Words Sleeping Beauty


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