Feathers ruffled with Bourne’s return

Swan Lake: Back at MK Theatre from Tuesday
Swan Lake: Back at MK Theatre from Tuesday

Close to 20 years since it premiered at Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is back in Milton Keynes from Tuesday.

When it first took the stage, Bourne’s modern re-interpretation of the classic story, with a menacing male ensemble replacing the all-traditional female corps de ballet, it proved too much for some audience members, who voted with their feet and walked out of theatres.

Nowadays, people still vote with their feet for the piece though – flocking to the brilliant feathersome delivery, which is widely regarded as a modern day classic.

It is the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway, has gathered more than 30 international theatre awards – including Tony’s – and dazzled the world over with its blend of dance, humour and spectacle.
‘A provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times’ is how the piece is rightly regarded.

The cast of this new year show will be a fusion of star players from Matthew’s New Adventures company, and new members, some making their professional debut among Bourne’s celebrated team.

“The quality of this Swan Lake company is testament to how far New Adventures and our Swan Lake has come in the 18 years since its first performance,” Matthew says.

“...the box office records already being broken on our UK tour is proof, if proof were needed, of the British public’s continuing fascination for this much-loved production.”

Of course, modest Matthew’s name is also a seal of approval for many theatre fans. It’s the stamp meaning ‘quality assured.’

Performance times are 7.30pm nightly, with additional matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets for Swan Lake start at £15, and rise to £43.50 if booking in person.

Alternatively, call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or head online to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes