Sizzling dance thriller The Car Man

The Car Man. Picture by Chris Mann
The Car Man. Picture by Chris Mann

Matthew Bourne’s internationally acclaimed dance thriller is back.

The Car Man, a superbly balanced eye-grabbing combination of first rate choreography, effectively constructed drama and sheer sizzling, glamorous, sexy, funny and dangerous entertainment, is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen.

This revival by New Adventures marks the first time the production has been staged in eight years and features one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores featuring Schedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet’s legendary score.

The familiar story set in the 19th century Spanish cigarette factory now shifts and becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America where the dreams and passions of the people of the fateful small town of Harmony USA are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Fuelled by the heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

The leading characters created by Bourne for The Car Men are amongst his most challenging both physically and emotionally.

And for this revival a new generation of New Adventures stars are making their debuts in the iconic roles.

The title role of Luca, The Car Man, will be played by Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield, both recently acclaimed as The Swan in Bourne’s Swan Lake.

The role of Lana will be danced by Ashley Shaw, curently enjoying great success as Kim in Edward Scissorhands and Zizi Strallen, who joins the cast direct from the West End production of Cats.

Alan Vincent, who played the original Car Man, will be returning to the company to play Lana’s violent husband Dino.

Rita, Lana’s older sister will be performed by Katy Lowenhoff (also currently starring as Kim in Edward Scissorhands) and Kate Lyons who has previously performed in Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.

The demanding role of Angelo will be shared by rising company star and original Billy Elliott, Liam Mower, and one of New Adventures most popular leading men, Dominic North.

Dominic and Liam both received rave reviews for their moving performances as the title character in Edward Scissorhands during its UK tour.

The Car Man is showing at the Wycombe Swan next month from Tuesday May 12 through to Saturday 16.

Evening performances are at 7.30pm, with additional matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Ticket prices cost from £25 to £40, with offers for groups, students and schools.

Call the box office on 01494 512000 or book online at

A £1.50 booking fee will be added per ticket.