Matthew Bourne is the creator of the world's longest running ballet production SWAN LAKE. A five - time Olivier Award winner, he is also the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
Matthew started training to be a dancer at the comparatively late age of 22. He studied Dance Theatre and Choreography at The Laban Centre graduating in 1985 but spending a further year with the college's performance company Transitions. Matthew danced professionally for 14 years creating many roles in his own work. In 1999 he gave his final performance playing The Private Secretary in the Broadway production of SWAN LAKE.
Matthew Bourne was the Artistic Director of his first company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, from 1987 until 2002. During those 15 years AMP became the UK's most innovative and popular dance/theatre company creating an enormous new audience for dance with it's groundbreaking work both at home and Internationally (Works include: - HIGHLAND FLING, SPITFIRE, SWAN LAKE, CINDERELLA and THE CAR MAN).
In 2002 Matthew launched his latest company, New Adventures, with two highly successful productions. PLAY WITHOUT WORDS premiered as part of the National Theatre's Transformation Season and went on to win Best Entertainment at that year's Olivier Awards. It has since embarked on a World Tour and will premier in New York in 2005. Matthew Bourne's NUTCRACKER! also premiered at Sadler's Wells in 2002 and became an instant popular hit with audiences and critics, returning the following year for a second sell-out season. It became the first ballet to be screened by BBC1 in over 20 years and has also now embarked on a world tour.
Matthew has also created choreography for several major revivals of classic musicals including Cameron Mackintosh's productions of OLIVER! (1994) and MY FAIR LADY (2002) as well as the National Theatre's revival of SOUTH PACIFIC (2002). He has collaborated on projects with leading directors, Trevor Nunn, Sam Mendes, Yukio Ninagawa and John Caird and has created dances and roles for such wide-ranging performers as Jonathan Pryce, Lynn Seymour, Dawn French, Adam Cooper, Julie Walters and Martine McCutcheon.
His film work includes television productions of his stage work including SWAN LAKE (Emmy nomination), THE CAR MAN and NUTCRACKER! and original work such as the John Betjamin inspired LATE FLOWERING LUST with Sir Nigel Hawthorne and his own AMP Company.
Matthew was the subject of a South Bank Show in 1997 and in 1999 he presented Channel 4's Dance 4 Series. The channel 4 documentary Bourne to Dance, which he also presented, was broadcast on Christmas Day 2001. His production of SWAN LAKE is featured in Stephen Daldry's hit film BILLY ELLIOT.
In the 2001 New Years Honours list Matthew was awarded an OBE for Services to Dance and 2003 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hamburg Shakespeare Prize for the Arts.
Last year Matthew Co-Directed (with Richard Eyre) and Choreographed (with Stephen Mear) London's latest hit musical MARY POPPINS for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. Future plans include the world stage premier of his adaptation of Tim Burton's film EDWARD SCISSORHANDS later this year. Matthew's 10th Anniversary production of SWAN LAKE is currently on a world tour.back