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Vintage Adventures: Royal Variety Performance

16 April 2020

We've reached back in to the archives for you again, this time to the Royal Variety Show of 1997 where our Swan Lake company, including Adam Cooper and Scott Ambler, performed excerpts from the show.

Watch the performance below and keep reading for commentary from Matthew Bourne.

Here's what Matthew had to say about this exclusive performance:

“It was in 1997 that we were asked to appear at the Royal Variety Performance at the personal request of Her Majesty the Queen (as we were told at the time!).

However, at that point we were performing Cinderella at the Piccadilly Theatre so we did not have a Swan Lake Company currently performing! Luckily many of the original Swan Lake cast were in Cinderella, including Adam Cooper and Scott Ambler, so we managed to get a scratch cast together from that cast and from others giving their time for the honour of being in this specially staged performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre… 

It was a fabulous night and I remember many of the swans feeling very naked meeting the Queen in the line-up at the end! What's lovely to see in this clip is our introduction from none other than the legendary Two Ronnies! Another honour! 

Enjoy this little bit of Swan Lake and show-biz history…"

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