New Adventures



Thrilling, audacious and totally original, Matthew Bourne's legendary production transforms one of ballet's best-loved stories into a stylish, witty, poignant, contemporary tale with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston.

Perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, Matthew Bourne blends dance, style, humour, spectacle, character comedy and mime to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.

Collecting over thirty international theatre awards including three Tonys, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage.

Since its 9th November 1995 world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s breathtaking and sexy version of Swan Lake has become the longest running ballet in the London’s West End and on Broadway. It has enjoyed four successful tours in the UK and has continued to thrill audiences throughout the world.

"★★★★★ Bourne’s Swan Lake is witty, menacing, lyrical and wild. Its continuing success is a continuing inspiration"

Daiy Telegraph Dec, 2013


WORLD PREMIERE 9 Nov 1995 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

WEST END Premiere 11 Sept 1996 at the Piccadilly Theatre

FIRST US TOUR:  Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles in 1997 then in 1998–99 at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York.

1999 - UK Tour
2000 International Tour played the Dominion Theatre in London's West End
2002–3 International Tour played Japan
2004–5 UK Tour
2006 US Tour and Christmas Season at London's Sadler's Wells
2009-10 Sadler's Wells, UK Tour and New York City Center 
2013-14 Sadler's Wells, UK Tour and International Tour including Australia