Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words

2 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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Definitely one of Bourne's best works, 'Play Without Words' is a sexy, '60s-set, upstairs/downstairs dance drama, based on Robin Maugham's story 'The Servant' (and the Joseph Losey film of the book). You'll see super-stylish, precision choreography, setting out the complex social mores and sexual desires of a Chelsea couple and their domestic help. Bourne's trademark wit is in evidence, but none of the pantomime mugging seen in some of his other works. Terry Davies's jazzy score sets the scene perfectly and sets come courtesy of Bourne's longtime collaborator Lez Brotherston.


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I'm a big fan of Matthew Bourne's productions, having seen several of them, and each one was fantastic. So I went to see this show with very high expectations. However, surprisingly, it was rather disappointing. The plot (if there was one) was difficult to figure out and follow, and there was much more walking than actual dancing. The only really good thing about it was the music. As much as I loved Bourne's Swan Lake, and recommended it to everyone, with this particular show I would say "don't bother".