Matthew Bourne’s 'Swan Lake' to return to Sadler's Wells for Christmas season

Swan Lake is the longest running full-length dance classic in the West End and on Broadway, and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a UK-wide tour.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is set to return to Sadler's Wells this Christmas, as part of a wider UK tour. This major revival marks the production's 30th anniversary.

The dance production was first staged at Sadler's Wells in 1995 and went on to become the longest running full-length dance classic in the West End and on Broadway.

The show has since been performed across the globe, collecting over 30 accolades including the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and three Tony Awards for Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Costume Design.

On the announcement, Bourne said: “When our Swan Lake was premiered nearly 30 years ago it created a sensation that none of us could have predicted. I think we knew that we had a good idea but could never have dreamt of the impact it would have on all of us, our audiences and the wider dance world. I have seen over those 30 years how this production has continued to change lives, create new audiences and inspire young dancers.

"The inspiration of Swan Lake is central to our “talent development” programme at New Adventures, especially in our Cygnet School and Swan School, where we aim to develop the dancers of the future to feature in our many productions. Indeed, this new revival of Swan Lake will feature dancers who have been nurtured through these programmes, or through their professional development as New Adventures company members, with many of them making their debuts in these coveted roles.

"As our swans take flight once more in this major revival, I’m full of anticipation for the challenges it will bring for our next generation of dancers and the wonder that it will bring to audiences who will experience it for the very first time.”

Further tour dates and casting are to be announced.

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Photo: artwork for Swan Lake. (Photo courtesy of production)

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