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VenueSadler's Wells Theatre
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From10th December 2009
Opened18th December 2009
To24th January 2010
WhenTimes vary, check with Box Oiffce
PricesFrom £10.00. To £50.00.
What is currently on at Sadler's Wells Theatre (V224)

Swan Lake

Swan LakeT01801150551
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.
Music Tchaikovsky

Archive :: production:T01801150551, dance or ballet:S962, venue:V224
Current production:Work

Production details

Premiering at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. This Christmas the multi award-winning hit returns to the theatre where it all began for a strictly limited run. Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times. Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.


Choreographer Matthew Bourne
Director Matthew Bourne
Design Lez Brotherston
Costume Lez Brotherston
Lighting Rick Fisher
Performer Richard Winsor (The Swan)
Performer Jonathan Olliver (The Swan)
Performer Christopher Marney (The Prince)
Performer Dominic North (The Prince)
Performer Sam Archer
Performer Nina Goldman (The Queen)
Performer Scott Ambler (The Private Secretary)
Performer Steve Kirkham (The Private Secretary)
Performer Madelaine Brennan (The Girlfriend)
Performer Kerry Biggin (The Girlfriend)
Performer Ashley Bain
Performer Tim Bartlett
Performer Ben Bunce
Performer Arielle Campbell
Performer tom Clark
Performer Travis Clausen-Knight
Performer Daniel Collins
Performer Gavin Eden
Performer Pia Driver
Performer Ross Fountain
Performer Philip Jack Gardner
Performer Scott Jennings
Performer Jack Jones
Performer Simon Karaiskos
Performer Daisy May Kemp
Performer Franklyn Lee
Performer Katy Lowenhoff
Performer Luke Murphy
Performer Gemma Payne
Performer Gavin Persand
Performer Sam Plant
Performer Danny Reubens
Performer Anwar Russell
Performer Ashley Shaw
Performer Paul Smethurst
Performer Christopher Trenfield
Performer Vince Virr
Performer Chloe Wilkinson
Performer Shelby Williams

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