News: New Adventures' The Car Man casting announced

Tuesday 10 February 2015 by Clare Evans

New Adventures' - 'The Car Man'
Photo: Bill Cooper

New Adventures have announced the cast for their internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning The Car Man ahead of its 16 week UK tour. Opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 16 April, the show will end with a four week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from 14 July to 9 August 2015. This revival marks the first time the production has been staged in eight years.

The leading characters created by Matthew Bourne for The Car Man are among his most challenging both physically and emotionally. For this revival a new generation of New Adventures’ stars will be making their debuts in these iconic roles.

The title role of ‘Luca, The Car Man’, will be played by Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield; both recently acclaimed as ‘The Swan’ in Bourne’s Swan Lake. Marcelo Gomes will also be guest-starring as Luca during the four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells. The role of ‘Lana’ will be danced by Ashley Shaw (currently enjoying great success as ‘Kim’ in Edward Scissorhands) and Zizi Strallen, who will join direct from the West End production of Cats. ‘Rita’, Lana’s older sister, will be performed by Katy Lowenhoff (also currently starring as ‘Kim’ in Edward Scissorhands) and Kate Lyons (Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Early Adventures). The role of ‘Angelo’ will be shared by rising company star, Liam Mower, and one of New Adventures most popular leading men, Dominic North. Dominic and Liam have both been receiving rave reviews for their moving performances as the title character in New Adventures’ Edward Scissorhands on its current UK Tour.

Fans of the original production will be delighted to hear that the original Car Man, Alan Vincent will be returning to the company to play Lana’s violent husband, ‘Dino’. Completing a stellar cast, as the inhabitants of the fateful small town of Harmony USA are Cordelia Braithwaite, Tom Clark, Danny Collins, Pia Driver, Freya Field, Glenn Graham, Tim Hodges, Kartina Lyndon, Andrew Monaghan, Leon Moran, Danny Reubens, Katie Webb, Layton Williams, and Dan Wright.

The show is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Terry Davies & Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite (after Bizet’s Carmen); designs by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Paul Groothius.


The Churchill Theatre – 16 – 18 April 2015
Tickets: £15 – £46.40

New Wimbledon Theatre – 21 – 25 April 2015
Tickets: £15 – £43.50

Sadler’s Wells – 14 July – 9 August 2015
Tickets: £12 – £55

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