Matthew Bourne brings his Swans back to Bristol

Chris Trenfield as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo by Helen Maybanks (6177674)

Chris Trenfield as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo by Helen Maybanks (6177674)

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ONE of the most popular dance productions ever staged, Matthew Bourne’s multi award-winning hit Swan Lake comes to the Bristol Hippodrome from May 20 - 24.

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 was recently starring 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.

The challenging role of The Prince will be played by Simon Williams, Sam Archer and, making his debut in the role, Liam Mower. Simon 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.

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.

The popular role of The Girlfriend will be played by Anjali Mehra, Kerry Biggin and Carrie Johnson.

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.

For ticket details, visit www.atgtickets.com/bristol

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