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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this 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. Read more …

Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

The critical consensus

For those who come new to the ballet, this is a brilliant adventure. For those who have seen it before, it stands the tests of time and repetition.

*****Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre, 17/10/2108

As innovative and mesmerising as it was first time around.

*****Aisling McGuire, The Wee Review, 18/10/2018

23 years after its debut, the designs have evolved but the performance is just as powerful.

*****Kelly Apter, The List, 23/10/2018

Features about Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Max Westwell: 'You think swans as beautiful, but they're also quite scary'.

Kelly Apter, The List, 28/08/2018

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday March 5, 2019, until Saturday March 9, 2019. More info:

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday October 16, 2018, until Saturday October 20, 2018. More info:

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