1. Matthew Bourne's THE CAR MAN.  Jonathan Ollivier (Luca).  Photo by Chris Mann LR

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Car Man principal dancer Jonathan Ollivier. From all at Sadler’s Wells our condolences go to Jonathan’s family and friends.

“Jonathan Ollivier was a very talented dancer who performed at Sadler’s Wells on many occasions with both Northern Ballet Theatre and New Adventures, and was hugely admired by audiences and colleagues. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic accident. Our sincere condolences go to Jonathan’s family and friends.”

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Sadler’s Wells

“Yesterday we lost our “Swan” and our “Car Man” – Jonathan Ollivier was one of the most charismatic and powerful dancers of his generation: An intensely masculine presence tempered with tenderness and vulnerability made him the perfect casting for a string of triumphant roles in the New Adventures repertory including “The Swan”, the enigmatic “Speight” in “Play Without Words” and his final role as Luca in “The Car Man” which he was due to dance at last night’s final performance at Sadler’s Wells.

A man of great warmth and charm, Jonny was a true gent, loved and respected by his colleagues and adored by audiences who were mesmerised by his memorable performances on stage as well as his friendly and genuine personality at the Stage Door. He was also an inspiration and role model to several generations of young dancers who strived to emulate his enviable technique and majestic stage presence.

Yesterday’s events have ripped at the heart of the New Adventures family and we join together to send our heartfelt condolences to all of Jonny’s family and friends. In our grieving for this irreplaceable artist we take some comfort in the legacy of memories that he has left behind.”

Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures

Any fans, audience members or colleagues past or present who wish to send messages of sympathy to Jonny’s family can send them by email to: or by post to: New Adventures, c/o Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, EC1R 4TN