Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures will present the multi-award winning Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Grand Opera House from 1 to 5 April.
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 previously starred as Leo in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and joined 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 Liam Mower and Simon Williams. Liam Mower danced the role of Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty and was the original Olivier award-winning star of the West End’s Billy Elliot. He joined New Adventures in 2011, and, following Sleeping Beauty, made his debut in Swan Lake earlier this year. 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.
Matthew Bourne says “The New Adventures Sleeping Beauty tour of the USA in the Autumn 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 its 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.
Swan Lake is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with Set and Costume Design by Lez Brotherston and Lighting Design by Rick Fisher.
More info and tickets at www.goh.co.uk