Matthew Bourne receives Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Elliott Franks

Matthew Bourne, winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts. Picture: Elliott Franks

Acclaimed choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne added another award to his long list of honours on Friday when he was presented with the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.

Receiving his award from Graham Watts, the chairman of the Dance Section of Critics’ Circle and National Dance Awards, Bourne became only the fourth dance-related recipient of the prestigious award (following Dame Alicia Markova in 2000, Sir Peter Wright in 1995 and Dame Ninette de Valois in 1989).

Widely seen as one of the theatre’s most innovative and groundbreaking choreographers, Bourne recently collected the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on The Red Shoes. Bourne’s critically acclaimed reworking of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s visually stunning movie about a doomed ballerina also picked up the Olivier in the Best Entertainment and Family category.

Currently in the middle of a national tour, the New Adventures production arrives at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle on Tuesday (2 May) where it will remain until Saturday 6 May. The tour will then move on to the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (Tuesday 9 May-Saturday 13 May) and Curve, Leicester (Tuesday 16 May-Saturday 20 May).

Sadler’s Wells will also present New Adventures on the Waterfront Stage at this year’s Latitude Festival which runs from 13-16 July.

Angela Thomas

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