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William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies has been transformed into a chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining new production by Sir Matthew Bourne’s (OBE) New Adventures & Re:Bourne (Edward Scissorhands and the famous Swan Lake with its menacing all-male ensemble).
Golding’s legendary characters are brought to life with raw physicality, emotional intensity and breathtaking performances by a cast of New Adventures professional dancers and remarkable young talent from across Victoria.
The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre as a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.
Matthew Bourne’s choreography for classic musicals includes Cameron Mackintosh’s productions of Oliver! (1994 and 2009 Olivier nomination), My Fair Lady (2002 - Olivier Award), and the National Theatre’s revival of South Pacific (2002). In 2004 Matthew co-directed with Richard Eyre and choreographed with Stephen Mear the hit West End, Australian and Broadway musical Mary Poppins for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer, and two Tony nominations when it opened on Broadway.
“A superbly visceral version of Golding’s novel. Astonishing, memorable” ★★★★ – The Glasgow Herald
“The great accomplishment of the production is its seamless integration of amateur and professional dancers … an impressive achievement” – Guardian (London)
“Ballet haters should be prepared to have their prejudices blown away. This is real theatre worth travelling miles to see” – The Independent (London)
“Bourne has established an unequalled track record for finding fresh, funny, individual talent. He may bring back his productions year after year, but they look different every season” – Guardian (London)
“The most popular choreographer of theatrical dance in the Western World.” – The New Yorker
Choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated Scott Ambler, set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston, music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey, sound design by Paul Groothuis, adapted and directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.
Based on the novel Lord of the Flies by WILLIAM GOLDING
Music by TERRY DAVIES
Sound design by PAUL GROOTHUIS
Lighting design by CHRIS DAVEY
Design by LEZ BROTHERSTON
Choreographed by SCOTT AMBLER
Adapted and directed by MATTHEW BOURNE and SCOTT AMBLER
Lord of the Flies - Cast and Creatives
Arts Centre Melbourne extends our heartfelt thanks to our supporters who have directed gifts to Lord of the Flies.
The exclusive Australian season of Lord of the Flies at Arts Centre Melbourne is dedicated to the late Miss Betty Amsden AO, DSJ, (1926 – 2017).
Young Ensemble – Over 15
Justin, Hoppers Crossing
Luke, Box Hill
Michael, Mill Park
Safi, Dandenong North
Young Ensemble – Under 15
Darion, Hampton Park
George, South Yarra
Lachie, Bentleigh East
Young Ensemble – Under 12
Alexander, South Yarra
Joseph, Swan Hill
William, Swan Hill