Leopard Films, from Sadler's Wells Theatre Presents a New Adventures production
When it premiered 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. 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.
Matthew Bourne blends dance, humor and spectacle withRead more extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.
Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys, 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 on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK, thrilling audiences all over the world.
Richard Winsor - The Swan / Stranger
Dominic North - The Prince
Nina Goldman - The Queen
Madelaine Brennan - The Girlfriend
Steve Kirkham - The Private Secretary
Joseph Vaughan - The Young Prince
Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Director and Choreographer - Matthew Bourne
Set & Costume Designer - Lez Brotherston
Running Time: 119 minutes
Format: 16:9 Widescreen, LPCM/Dolby 5.1 Read less
Works on This Recording
Swan Lake, Op. 20by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
New London Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1875-1876; Russia
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Mathew Burne's "Swan Lake" A superb production. December 8, 2012By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria)See All My Reviews"This version may not be yours if you are homophobic. Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake may shock you, especially if you only accept religious beliefs as correct. I do not. With the above clarified, I totally enjoyed Bourne's version of Tchaikovskys music ballet Swan Lake with male-on-male dance partners in a darker than dark plot. The program begins with a series of very humorous set pieces - the little boy Prince (Not Princess) is bullied by his mother. Later, the older Prince becomes infatuated with an embarrassingly sluttish girl, much to mother's dismay, before following her to a sleazy 1940s/50s Nightclub. In a while, the drunken Prince finds himself stumbling along the waterfront to a park where the swans (all male) come out to dance, whereupon he falls in love with the lead male swan (Odette/Odile) and we all know what happens next, dont we? However, in reality, swans are not pleasant, but vicious pecking creatures. The dancing, costumes etc. are impressive. The total is well worth the two hours without a break for anyone with an open mind and a lover of ballet. This Blue-ray disc is highly recommended for its widescreen staging diversity and 5.1 sound qualities. Luke Bryant."Report Abuse