Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Extends UK Tour from September 2014
Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures are delighted to announce that one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE'S multi award-winning hit "SWAN LAKE", will extend its current UK tour internationally from September 2014. The show will visit the Tokyo Theatre Orb, Shanghai Cultural Square, Singapore Esplanade, the Regent Theatre, Melbourne and the Theatre Royal, Sydney. Further venues will be announced shortly.
Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield who have both made the role of The Swan their own in the UK tour will continue the role internationally. They will be joined by Marcelo Gomes, making his debut as The Swan, for a number of performances at the Tokyo Theatre Orb.
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 the Michael Clark Company. Chris Trenfield was last seen as Leo in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty on the USA tour. He has also played leading roles in New Adventures' Play Without Words and Nutcracker! Marcelo Gomes joined American Ballet Theater in 1997, he was promoted to soloist in 2000 and Principle Dancer in 2002. He created the roles of Aktaoin in Artemis, the Portrait in Dorian, Ivan in Alexei Ratmasnsky's Firebird, Death in HereAfter, Sergei in On the Dnieper and Prospero in The Tempest.
Christopher Marney and Simon Williams will play the challenging role of The Prince. Christopher has a long history with New Adventures, including roles in The Car Man (original London cast), Swan Lake, Cinderella and Dorian Gray. He is returning to the role of The Prince for the first time since 2009. He has also danced for Balletboyz' George Piper Dances, Gottenburg Ballet, Ballet Biarritz and Michael Clark Company.
Simon Williams has been playing the role of The Prince in the current UK tour and remains the only artist to have ever played both The Prince and The Swan in this production. He has recently completed 12 years with Michael Clark Company and, has a long history with New Adventures in Nutcracker!, The Car Man, and Matthew Bourne's Christmas for Channel 4.
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.
Liz Koops, Chief Executive for Broadway Entertainment Group, "Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is the jewel in his crown of unique and thoroughly entertaining nights in the theatre. I'm thrilled to be presenting this extraordinary company for the forthcoming international tour."
Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director of New Adventures: "Having completed 226 sold out performances in the UK, I'm delighted to announce that this wonderful 2014 New Adventures company is now launching an international tour, thanks to Liz Koops and everyone at Broadway Entertainment Group. I am particularly excited to confirm that Swan Lake will be making its debut in China and Singapore, as well as returning to Japan and Australia where the production has a very strong fan base. I first saw Marcelo Gomes dance with American Ballet Theater in 1998 when we were on Broadway with Swan Lake and thought what a marvellous Swan he would make. Now, 16 years later, he makes his debut in the production in Tokyo! This 2014 tour will take Swan Lake into its 20th year, and if the reaction to the UK tour was anything to go by, I've a feeling that there are going to be a few more anniversaries to celebrate in the coming years."
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 is widely hailed as the UK's most popular and successful choreographer/ director. He is the creator of the world's longest running ballet production (Swan Lake), a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won Tony Awards for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. Matthew Bourne has been the Artistic Director of New Adventures (formally Adventures in Motion Pictures) since 1987. During those 25 years he has created new audiences for dance with groundbreaking work both at home and internationally, including Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray and Sleeping Beauty.