Fasten your seat belts – The Car Man is back!
In a spectacular new staging for the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary
To celebrate the Hall’s 150th anniversary, Matthew Bourne and his acclaimed dance company New Adventures bring their multi-award-winning production of The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time.
A dance-thriller based on Bizet’s beloved Carmen, The Car Man 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. The 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory 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.
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.
The Car Man will ignite your senses and leave you breathless – don’t miss it in summer 2021.
"Glamorous, sexy, funny and dangerous. A triumph!"
"A dynamite dance of desire"
"Superb, witty, drop-dead sexy"
Open the door to an action-packed programme of music, dance, circus, comedy, film, and more.
- All customers aged 14 years or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over
- No under 12s
As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary season.
Book as early as you can to secure the best choice of seats at the best possible prices. Ticket prices will be adjusted in real-time and will reflect the most current price for each performance based on demand. Prices are subject to change without notice.
If you require seating within the wheelchair platforms, please use our accessibility booking form.
A New Adventures production
Music by Terry Davies and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen)
Sound by Paul Groothuis
Lighting by Chris Davey
Designed by Lez Brotherston
Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne
New Adventures’ award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled millions worldwide. Perhaps best known for its now legendary Swan Lake which replaced the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, New Adventures’ intriguing twists on the ballet classics also include Nutcracker!, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Bourne has also been inspired by film and literature in his innovative productions of The Red Shoes, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray, Play Without Words and Lord of the Flies.