Matthew Bourne's new production takes audiences into the throbbing heart of 1930s Soho nightlife.
In Matthew Bourne’s latest production, life, love and lust mingle with liquor and conflicted bar patrons. At The Midnight Bell tavern, all of life's passions, comedy and calamity plays out nightly. Inspired by the stories of Patrick Hamilton and produced with the familiar Olivier and Tony award-winning team including Terry Davies, Lez Brotherston, Paule Constable and Paul Groothuis.
Terry Davies provides a fabulously bluesy score, full of aching feeling. The narrative is fragmentary but the darkness is all-pervasive. Beautifully danced, it’s a triumph of Bourne’s genius for exact storytelling.
Lighting designer Paule Constable creates an atmospheric backdrop for Bourne's vivid choreography. [The] songs sometimes feel like too blunt an instrument, particularly given the decision to have various characters lip-syncing to them.
After two hours in the theatre, you are hard pressed to identify a story, and yet those two hours of wordless dance-theatre are as affecting as anything Bourne has produced in his long career.