Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st Century.
Retaining all the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherson (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.
Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotional, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Collecting over thirty international theatre awards including an Olivier in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
The History of the Show
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
2018-20 Sadler's Wells, UK and International Tour across Asia and the US
Cast & Creatives
Photos & Videos
Awards & Reviews
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake has collected over 30 international awards, including:
OLIVIER AWARDS 1996
Winner of Best New Dance Production
Winner of TIME OUT Dance Award 1996 & 1997
LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 1997
Winner of Best Choreography
ASTAIRE AWARDS 1999
Winner of Excellence in Dance on Broadway
TONY AWARDS 1999
Winner of Best Director of a Musical
Winner of Best Choreography
Winner of Best Costume Design
Join us on tour as Matthew Bourne's iconic legend of Swan Lake returns for a major UK tour throughout 2018 and 2019. Find out below how you can get involved with activities and workshops for all ages and backgrounds. Many of the opportunities also include a ticket to the show!
As well as one off workshops in partnership with theatres on our tours we also offer two experiences to give participants an insight into our work:
- Curtain Raisers: This opportunity gives young aspiring dancers the opportunity to work with us to create a short response piece to our work that is then performed live before the main show.
- In Our Shoes: A unique, two-day opportunity to step 'in our shoes' and experience first-hand what it is like to be part of New Adventures. Day one involves a workshop based on our work, followed by creating a response piece to the show, that is then performed on day two to the company.
Check back here regularly as we will continue to add opportunities to take part throughout the tour.