One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell. This production is the acclaimed All Male version of the famous ballet. The story is modernised from the traditional version.


Adam Cooper, Scott Ambier, Simon Cooper, William Kemp, Ben Wright, Tom Ward, Alastair Marriott, Isabel Mortimer, Saranne Curtin, Philippa Gordon


Music: Tchaikovsky
Company: Adventures in Motion Pictures
Choreographer: Matthew Bourne
Lighting: Rick Fisher
Design: Lez Brotherston
Producer: Katharine Dore
Conductor(s): David Frame, Benjamin Pope
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Swan Lake

Swan Lake (Dance or ballet) production archive for QTIX code T428580235. Details of all Swan Lake archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S962

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2 Feb 00
11 Mar 00
Dominion Theatre
West End
Greater London

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The Times (11Jan01): This really is your final chance to see one of the most original, entertaining and moving dance productions to have reached the British stage in many a year. Bourne s brilliant directorial imagination still sees theatre in every situation. In this he is helped by the magnificent sets and costumes of Lez Brotherston.

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