Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

This week Bristol Hippodrome hosts Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. I was lucky enough to go along to my first ever ballet on Tuesday. I wasn’t sure what you expect as it was all new to me. My friend that I watched with had last seen Swan Lake many years ago.

The New Adventures production of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is currently in the middle of a 32 week tour. It will continue until May 2019 and during it’s run it will visit 22 locations.

Matthew Bourne reinvented the traditional Swan Lake Ballet for the first time back in 1995. At the time he only had a very small company with only 6 dancers at the time. So he had an enormous challenge ahead of him, but with some great cast members including Adam Cooper. Cooper worked with The Royal Ballet but was a fan of Bourne’s work and wanted to work with him. Then with the choice of Lez Brotherston as designer and David Lloyd-Jones as the conductor, they had a groundbreaking and successful team. The ballet opened at Sadler’s Well in November 1995 and over 23 years later it is still extremely popular.

SWANLAKE by Bourne, , Choreography – Matthew Bourne, Designs – Let Brotherston, Lighting – Paule Constable, New Adventures, 2018, Plymouth, Royal Theatre Plymouth, Credit: Johan Persson/

I love the escapism of watching a production at the theatre, phone off and brain only engaged on the show I’m watching. And from the opening Act of Swan Lake I was captivated and wanting more. There were moments of wit as well as some serious tension. The swan – Will Bozier – was captivating and fascinating to watch. The Queen – Nicole Kabera – was cool but mesmerizing. The iconic swan costumes were simple but flamboyant at the same time.

I loved the whole production, if you have never been to the ballet you should.

Disclaimer – I received 2 press tickets in return of an honest review, all words are my own.

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