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by Kym Hamer (subscribe)
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Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words opened at Sadler's Wells on Thursday and I went along to today's (Saturday) matinee to see it. It was my first Bourne. I have heard nothing but great reviews regardless of which piece people refer to so it was with some excitement that I took my seat in the first circle.

The set was pretty impressive - cleverly bringing the streets of London into the theatre. It's all set in Sixties London - 1963 in fact. The atmosphere is taut and sensual from the start and the story of Anthony, his fiancee Glenda, his old friend Speight and the 'help' begins with a haunting trumpet solo.

Play Without Words - Couple
Anthony and Glenda the calm before the storm

Play Without Words - The Help
And then the help arrives...

Things opened with Anthony's inspection of a lush new pad, which was brilliantly portrayed. This was the moment I leaned forward, absolutely entranced, thinking to myself 'Who needs the words?'

Play Without Words - Undressed
The butler did of the cleverest pieces in what was a brilliant production

There are many ensemble pieces and duets where protagonists wind seamlessly through the movement only for you to find yourself in the middle of another piece of 'action'. This is not a star turn for any one dancer but rather a celebration of synergy and moment by moment collaboration between the players.

Play Without Words - Jazz Club
Swinging Sixties and all that jazz...

Play Without Words - Party
Life's a Party in Sixties London

In short, this is an extrordinary piece. It's daring and witty, slick and sexy, fast and slow and everything (it seems) in between. The one thing it isn't is safe.

Play Without Words is at Sadler's Wells until August 4th. You would be mad to miss this feast of the senses so book your ticket and make sure you fill those seats that stayed tragically empty at today's matinee.
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Why? Breathtakingly brilliant. Not to be missed.
When: Until 5th August 2012
Phone: 0844 871 0090
Where: Sadler's Wells
Cost: 12 - 50 (mine were 25)
Your Comment
Perhaps the empty seats is the reason I had an email for half price tickets. I saw this a few years ago at the Lyttelton and found it fascinating and entertaining. I may even go for a half price offer. I had the opportunity of reviewing it for a website on Friday, but I didn't get the offer until late afternoon and was too tired to go, having already trecked home from central London.
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1278) 2742 days ago
Maybe Sandra...althought it's early in the run so I expect as word gets around, those seats will fill!
by Kym Hamer (score: 1|50) 2741 days ago
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