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Sadler's Wells

Matthew Bourne returns with his acclaimed company New Adventures and their beloved production of Swan Lake. Playing a limited Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, the mesmerising show is accompanied by the soaring score from Tchaikovsky and world-class dancers.

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Ground-breaking choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne returns to London with his acclaimed company New Adventures, and their legendary production of Swan Lake. Playing limited performances over the festive season at Sadler’s Wells, the classic ballet is updated for the 21st century, and previously ran at the West End venue in 2014.

Known for replacing the traditional female corps-de-ballet with a troupe of men, Bourne’s Swan Lake is a dark and threatening take on the version Tchaikovsky premiered in 1877. Originally opening in the West End in 1996 at Sadler’s Wells, the production has received over 30 awards across the globe, including the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and Tony Awards for Best Choreography, Best Director of Music and Best Costume Design.

A thrilling and emotional re-imagining of the much-loved ballet, Swan Lake is the heart-breaking, romantic story of swans, Princes and evil magic. Can true love overcome powerful dark magic and break a binding curse?

Swan Lake is created by acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne, who was awarded a knighthood in 2016 for his extensive career in dance that spans over 30 years. After training as a dancer and working professionally for 14 years, he began creating his own work and founded New Adventures in 2002. Working across stage and screen, other award-winning shows include The Red Shoes, Cinderella and The Car Man.

The production features design by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Paule Constable. Playing for a strictly limited season, Bourne’s iconic interpretation of the celebrated Swan Lake plays at Sadler’s Wells from 4 December 2018 to 27 January 2019.

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Performance dates:
26 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No under 5s
Audience Notes:
Ballet and dance fans who haven’t already seen this show won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch it. Fans of Bourne’s work certainly won’t want to pass over the chance to see it again. This production serves as an excellent introduction to those who may be less familiar with dance.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Reviews

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User Reviews


This was my second time watching Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and it was wonderful. The music, the choreography, the set was simply enchanting and had me moved to tears in the final scene. Matthew Bourne never fails to disappoint!

Performance date: 13 December 2018
Performance date: 18 January 2019

What a great show! The swans were beautifully bold and aggressive. Stomping and hissing throughout the show. We had a great night out! Would highly recommend. A wonderful love story transformed for modern times.

Performance date: 12 January 2019
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