One of the most audacious and internationally successful dance shows ever produced, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, played at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from 16 – 26 October, followed by Theatre Royal Sydney from 28 October – 2 November.

The winner of over 30 international awards, sell-out seasons on the West End, Broadway and throughout the world, this groundbreaking reinvention of ballet’s most loved classic, came to Australia after a much-lauded revival season last year at London’s Sadler’s Wells, the same theatre where it exploded onto the theatre scene in 1995.

Matthew Bourne’s production is perhaps best known for its menacing pack of male wild swans, which replaced the traditional fluttering female corps de ballet. It was a bold switch that became the winning signature of Bourne’s interpretation, one that brought a very modern sensibility brimming with style, wit and poignancy to the classic tale.

The production’s many awards include three Tonys (Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreographer and Outstanding Costume Design), an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, five Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critic Circle awards. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is, of course, the production that ‘Billy Elliott’ wins the lead role in at the climax of Stephen Daldry’s hit film.


Melbourne – Regent Theatre
16-26 October 2014

Sydney – Theatre Royal

28 October-2 November 2014


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