Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer/director, creator of the world’s longest-running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to win Tony Awards for Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
He is Artistic Director of New Adventures which is now Britain’s most popular dance theatre touring company regularly performing some of the biggest dance hits ever seen in the UK (Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, The Car Man, Cinderella, Edward Scissorhands and Dorian Gray).
In 2012 New Adventures celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a year-long programme of work culminating in the world premiere of his latest production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Matthew has also created choreography for classic musical revivals including Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! (1994 and 2008), My Fair Lady (Olivier Award) and South Pacific (NT). In 2004, he co-directed and choreographed the hit West End and Broadway musical Mary Poppins (Olivier Award, Tony nomination).
He has twice been nominated Best Director at the Olivier Awards and his choreography has been recognized with over 50 international awards and six honorary doctorates. In the 2001 New Year’s Honours, he was awarded an OBE for services to dance.
The 2013 Scottish Ballet production of Highland Fling, originally created in 1994, was the first time that a full-length Bourne work had been seen outside of his own company.