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The tour dates for Swan Lake are on Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Website:



    Friday, 18 October 2013 to Saturday, 26 October 2013
    Box Office: 01752 230440


    Monday, 04 November 2013 to Saturday, 09 November 2013
    Box Office: 0116 242 3595


    Tuesday, 12 November 2013 to Saturday, 16 November 2013
    Box Office: 0843 208 6000


    Tuesday, 19 November 2013 to Saturday, 23 November 2013
    Box Office: 01603 63 00 00

  • LONDON | Sadler's Wells

    Wednesday, 04 December 2013 to Sunday, 26 January 2014
    Box Office: 0844 412 4300


    Tuesday, 28 January 2014 to Saturday, 01 February 2014
    Box Office: 0844 871 7652


    Wednesday, 05 February 2014 to Saturday, 15 February 2014
    Box Office: 0844 338 5000


    Tuesday, 18 February 2014 to Saturday, 22 February 2014
    Box Office: 0844 871 7648


    Tuesday, 04 March 2014 to Saturday, 08 March 2014
    Box Office: 01274 432000


    Tuesday, 11 March 2014 to Saturday, 15 March 2014
    Box Office: 0115 989 5555


    Tuesday, 18 March 2014 to Saturday, 22 March 2014
    Box Office: 0844 871 7645


    Tuesday, 25 March 2014 to Saturday, 29 March 2014
    Box Office: 02380 711811


    Tuesday, 01 April 2014 to Saturday, 05 April 2014
    Box Office: 028 9024 1919



          Tuesday, 08 April 2014 to Saturday, 19 April 2014
          Box Office: 08448 11 21 21



    Tuesday, 22 April 2014 to Saturday, 26 April 2014
    Box Office: 0131 529 6000


    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 to Saturday, 03 May 2014
    Box Office: 0844 871 7646


    Tuesday, 06 May 2014 to Saturday, 10 May 2014
    Box Office: 01227 787 787


    Tuesday, 13 May 2014 to Saturday, 17 May 2014
    Box Office: 01494 512 000


    Tuesday, 20 May 2014 to Saturday, 24 May 2014
    Box Office: 0844 871 3012

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Thanks for posting Janet. I'm looking at the Lowry fro Saturday night but have you seen the £80ish price for the central circle tickets. I'm disgusted - I usually get these for ballet but they are calling them VIP tickets - and they are £40 more than all other seats!!! SHOCKING!

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Thinking of waiting for Glasgow now Janet, but it would have been nice to meet up again!


Glasgow looks to be the Feb half term week next year, which is what it was this year for Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty. It worked really well this year when we took the train up for the midweek matinee. A lot cheaper. Also we got to see the new recruit - young Liam Mower dancing the Lilac Prince (or was it fairy?) at the matinee. We've been fans of his ever since watching one of his last performances as Billy, in Billy Elliot.


I'm very cross that the Lowry are using the West End trick of having VIP seats!

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Just got tickets to go and see this next May with my two daughters. I know it's ages off but we are so very excited. We have loved Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and have heard so much about this production. Hoping it meets our expectations.

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In respect of amum/Cathy's post number 7 I wrote to the Lowry.


This is the relevant extract from the email I have just received:


"The VIP option was introduced around 12 months ago in response to feedback from regular theatre Patrons. What we are aiming to do with these packages is to provide visitors with a special theatre experience. The packages include a drink on arrival, a 3 course meal in the restaurant, half a bottle of wine and a programme. For our many Patrons who dine with us when they come to see a performance, they represent better value all round and are a way of conveniently organising their whole evening. The packages are available on selected shows (not all) and we always ensure that prime seats are available separately and do not have to be purchased as part of the VIP package."


If you haven't already booked for Glasgow Cathy, you may still be able to get the tickets you want at The Lowry.


I've got to say that the package does seem to be good value if you wanted to dine in the Lowry restaurant too.

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Thanks Janet. It would be good value for adults I imagine, but as soon as children are involved then not :( . We have booked for Glasgow now where we actually got a discount for under 16s for a matinee performance :)  I love those seats at the Lowry so will be sad if they persist in making them Premium/VIP for other productions.


Please do post when you hear about casting for this tour.

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Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE









Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures are delighted to announce full casting for one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE’S multi award-winning hit SWAN LAKE. The show returns to Sadler’s Wells for an eight week season this Christmas from Wednesday 4 December 2013 - Sunday 26 January 2014 (Press Night Thursday 12 December at 7.30pm), as well as touring extensively throughout the UK. SWAN LAKE not only marks the 12th consecutive Christmas season for a Matthew Bourne production at Sadler’s Wells, but also the show’s seventh London season.


Returning to the iconic role of The Swan are two powerful leading men, Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield who have both made the role of The Swan their own. Jonathan Ollivier, a former star of Northern Ballet Theatre, was last seen as the mysterious Speight in New Adventures’ Play Without Words, and recently with Michael Clark. Chris Trenfield is currently starring as Leo in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and will join the Swan Lake company on his return from the USA tour of that production in December. He has also played leading roles in New Adventures’ Play Without Words and Nutcracker!


The challenging role of The Prince will be played by Simon Williams, Sam Archer and, making his debut in the role (in Jan 2014) Liam Mower. Simon Williams remains the only artist to have ever played both The Prince and The Swan in this production, and he will be doing the same again in this revival. He has just completed 12 years with Michael Clark Company, and also has a long history with New Adventures in Nutcracker!, The Car Man, and Matthew Bourne’s Christmas for Channel 4. Sam Archer has been a New Adventures leading man for over 10 years, creating the role of Edward Scissorhands, as well as leading roles in The Car Man, Play Without Words and Cinderella. Liam Mower, recently seen in Sleeping Beauty in his first Principal role as Count Lilac, was the original Olivier award-winning star of the West End’s Billy Elliot. He joined New Adventures in 2011, and, following Sleeping Beauty, will be joining this production in January 2014.


The Queen will be portrayed by three of New Adventures most popular leading ladies, Madelaine Brennan, Saranne Curtin and making her debut in this role, Michela Meazza. Madelaine Brennan was last seen in this production playing, The Girlfriend. A role that she subsequently played in the 2011 3D Film for SKY Arts. She has played a wide variety of roles in New Adventures productions from Cinderella to Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker!. Saranne Curtin is one of the most important dancers ever to have worked with New Adventures, having created the leading roles of Lana in The Car Man, Sugar in the 2012 revival and 2013 film of Nutcracker! and Glenda in Play Without Words. She was in the original cast of Swan Lake (as The Italian Princess) and comes out of retirement to once again play The Queen, a role for which she received much praise in several UK and International tours of this production. Michela Meazza, a recent nominee for the outstanding female dancer at the National Dance Awards, will be making her debut in this role. Michela is one of New Adventures foremost dancer/actors, having created the roles of Lady H in Dorian Gray and Joyce in Edward Scissorhands as well as leading roles in Play Without Words (original cast), The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Cinderella.


The popular role of The Girlfriend will be played by Anjali Mehra, Kerry Biggin and Carrie Johnson. Anjali Mehra was last seen in New Adventures’ Play Without Words and will also be dancing the role of The Queen during this revival. Kerry is one of New Adventures most experienced and versatile performers, having created the role of Kim in Edward Scissorhands and has starred in every Bourne production of the last 10 years. Carrie Johnson was last seen in Nutcracker! in 2011/12 and will also be seen as The Moth Maiden and French Princess in this revival.


Rejoining the New Adventures Company for this revival are Tom Clark, Glenn Graham, Tim Hodges, Jack Jones, Katrina Lyndon, Jamie-Emma McDonald and Paul Smethurst.


Making their Debut with New Adventures are Chris Agius Darmanin , Michael Barnes, Stephanie Billers, Cordelia Braithwaite, Otis-Cameron Carr, Nicole Cato, Emma Chadwick, Harry Clark, Tom Cummings, Ivan Delgardo del Rio, Freya Field, Robin Gladwin, Chantelle Gotobed, PJ Hurst, Luke Jackson, Graham Kotowich, Andy Macleman, Edd Mitton, Kyle Murray and Ashley-Jordon Packer.


Making their professional debut in this production are Tom Broderick, Reece Haydn Causton and Andrew Monaghan (all from Central School of Ballet).


Matthew Bourne says “The New Adventures Sleeping Beauty tour of the USA this Autumn has meant that we have been able to offer a substantial number of new contracts for our latest revival of Swan Lake. We are delighted to welcome 23 new company members, joining us from diverse dance backgrounds including Rambert Dance Company, Northern Ballet Theatre, Phoenix Dance Company, Michael Clark, BBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and the West End. The quality of this Swan Lake company is testament to how far New Adventures and our Swan Lake has come in the eighteen years since it’s first performance, and the Box Office records already being broken on our upcoming UK tour is proof , if proof were needed, of the British public’s continuing fascination for this much-loved production”


Premiering at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times. Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.


Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tony Awards, MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and Broadway and enjoyed five successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.


MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with Set and Costume Design by Lez Brotherston and Lighting Design by Rick Fisher.

Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan Simon Williams as The Prince and Saranne Curtin as The Queen Jonathan Ollivier as The Stranger Simon Williams as The Prince Liam Mower as The Prince Jonathan Ollivier and Simon Williams Sam Archer Michela Meazza Madelaine Brennan Chris Trenfield Anjali Mehra Kerry Biggin Carrie Johnson


- See more at: http://www.new-adventures.net/latest_news/casting_announced_for_swan_lake_national_tour_2013_14#sthash.j8QO4V2Y.dpuf

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Yesss!!  I was praying that Ollivier would be in the cast again.  Hoping those of you who missed him last time will have better luck this time (and I would love to see him again, too.  Think I shall have to try for multiple bookings, here, there or everywhere).  Haven't seen Trenfield in it before.  What a lot of new cast members, including a couple of names I recognise.

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Yes - a strong cast list.  Intrigued to see Chantelle Gotobed listed.  She's an exciting classical dancer - it will be interesting to see how Bourne uses her.  Definitely one to watch for the future IMHO.  Looking forward to seeing it at the Lowry and hopefully a couple of other venues!

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With Gomes in the cast AMP could I think re-visit the Bourne SL for another short run on Broadway.  He'd sell tickets there I'm sure.  (He sells out his Met performances with Vishneva as it is.)  Maybe they could get her as the queen .... or, better still, Martine van Hamel .... or Alessandra Ferri (who did Cheri in NYC last season - see video clips here) .... or Wendy Whelan (that would sell in NYC if not at the Lindbury!).  (I'd pay to see any of those combos certainly) .... and maybe ... just maybe they could mount it in London and do a two week preview stint here immediately prior at Sadler's Wells  .... where AMP seems to sell regardless - and it being home, of course, to the original with the then RB principal Adam Cooper in the happy creation of its title role.  Who knows maybe they could drag another ABT (sometime) principal, Roberto Bolle, along to be the prince!!


THAT would be GREAT .... I'm confident that Gomes swanning it over all and sundry, much like Robbie Fairchild giving the world his take on Gene Kelly in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and Tiler Peck being featured as the girl who inspired Degas in the world premiere of the upcoming musical LITTLE DANCER (steered by Susan Stroman) and being set (as it will be) in the 19th Century world of the Paris Opera Ballet - with both being on the confirmed Broadway slate for next season - would/will, after their respective musical contracts are up trail new audience members to ABT / NYCB respectively for the vast array of different ballets they will no doubt joyously appear in. That too will very much be in the 'Balanchinian/NYCB and Robbins/ABT & NYCB' mold.  Not entirely sure about the enchanting Ms. Cope and the RB ... She has said publicly that she ultimately isn't sure that ballet will be her own particular end stop.  Time, of course, will tell.  Fingers crossed that we will ALL have a chance to celebrate her ROH return in fitting (and deserved) style.    

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