Kyle Murray, Jamie Emma McDonald & More to Star in Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE at King's Theatre
Kyle is from Blairdardie, Glasgow, and attended Knightswood Secondary School. He first attended Dancepoint Theatre School before moving to The Dance School of Scotland for four years. He then graduated from Central School of Ballet, after three years training in 2012 with a BA (Hons) Degree. During his third year, Kyle danced in pieces that include: Matthew Hart's Whodunnit?; Christopher Gable's Celebration; Sharon Watson's Code and Sara Matthew's And Then Their Hopes Soared. He took part in the London 2012 Olympics, dancing pieces by Sara Matthews and Andrew McNicol at both the gymnastics and fencing events. He then joinEd Scottish Ballet for their Christmas season performing Ashley Page's The Nutcracker. After this, Kyle joinEd English National Ballet in their production of Swan Lake in-the-round performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In March 2013, Kyle was nominated for a Young Scot Award and later received the award in the Arts category.
Jamie Emma McDonald: http://swanlaketour.com/cast-creative-team/jamie-emma?iframe=true
Jamie is from Newton Mearns and is a former pupil of Hutchison's Grammar School. She began her training at the Legat School of Dance and the Creative Dance Company before graduating from Millennium Performing Arts in 2010. She most recently performed in 'British Style' a new piece created by Drew McOnie and Matthew Bourne for The Queens Coronation Festival Gala (New Adventures, Buckingham Palace). Other Theatre credits include: Corps de Ballet in The Phantom of the Opera (UK tour); Silver Jubilee Gala (Drew McOnie, National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Sadler's Wells); Marshmallow Girl in Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (UK and European tour); Monaco Princess and Romanian Princess in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (UK, New York and European tour). Television and Film credits include: 'British Style' at The Queens Coronation Festival Gala (BBC); Matthew Bourne's Christmas Special (More4) and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 3D (Leopard Film Productions). Jamie is absolutely thrilled to be joining the New Adventures family again!
Andrew, from Dundee, trained at the London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a first class BA (Hons) Degree, after which he toured nationally and internationally with the Richard Alston Dance Company as an apprentice, gaining a Postgraduate Distinction through the London Contemporary Dance School. His performance experience includes soloist work in both Norrkoping and Linkoping, a soloist for Rei:Pete Dance Company's work I, Only Me; original cast for the acclaimed MADCAP by Martin Lawrence; Richard Alston's newest work Buzzing Around The Hunnisuccle and a role as one of 5 featured male dancers for Dane Hurst's (Rambert Dance Company) large scale site specific work Common Sounds at the previously derelict Commonwealth institute. Recently, Andrew worked with Richard Alston Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company and Mark Morris as a dancer for Rambert's choreographic research lab, working with Ben Duke, Alexander Whitley, Dane Hurst, Martin Lawrance and Particia Okenwa. To date, Andrew has choreographed for student platforms during his training, for Resolution! 2013, and for Bob Lockyer's 70th Birthday Performance at The Place, presenting his duet work "Drone" alongside commissions by Richard Alston, Wayne McGregor, Siobhan Davies, Wendy Houston and Rambert.
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 is currently starring as Leo in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and will join 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 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. 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. Sam Archer has been a New Adventures leading man for over 10 years, creating the role of Edward Scissorhands, as well as leading roles in The Car Man, Play Without Words and Cinderella. Liam Mower, recently seen in Sleeping Beauty in his first Principal role as Count Lilac, was the original Olivier award-winning star of the West End's Billy Elliot. He joined New Adventures in 2011, and, following Sleeping Beauty, will be joining this production in January 2014.
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. Madelaine Brennan was last seen in this production playing The Girlfriend; a role that she subsequently played in the 2011 3D Film for SKY Arts. She has played a wide variety of roles in New Adventures productions from Cinderella to Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker!. Saranne Curtin is one of the most important dancers ever to have worked with New Adventures, having created the leading roles of Lana in The Car Man, Sugar in the 2012 revival and 2013 film of Nutcracker! and Glenda in Play Without Words. She was in the original cast of Swan Lake (as The Italian Princess) and comes out of retirement to once again play The Queen, a role for which she received much praise in several UK and International tours of this production. Michela Meazza, a recent nominee for the outstanding female dancer at the National Dance Awards, will be making her debut in this role. Michela is one of New Adventures foremost dancer/actors, having created the roles of Lady H in Dorian Gray and Joyce in Edward Scissorhands as well as leading roles in Play Without Words (original cast), The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Cinderella.
The popular role of The Girlfriend will be played by Anjali Mehra, Kerry Biggin and Carrie Johnson. Anjeli Mehra was last seen in New Adventures' Play Without Words and will also be dancing the role of The Queen during this revival. Kerry is one of New Adventures most experienced and versatile performers, having created the role of Kim in Edward Scissorhands and has starred in every Bourne production of the last 10 years. Carrie Johnson was last seen in Nutcracker! in 2011/12 and will also be seen as The Moth Maiden and French Princess in this revival.
Making their Debut with New Adventures are Chris Agius Darmanin , Michael Barnes, Stephanie Billers, Cordelia Braithwaite, Otis-Cameron Carr, Nicole Cato, Emma Chadwick, Harry Clark, Tom Cummings, Iván Delgardo del Río, Freya Field, Robin Gladwin, Chantelle Gotobed, PJ Hurst, Luke Jackson, Graham Kotowich, Andy Macleman, Edd Mitton, Kyle Murray and Ashley-Jordon Packer.
Making their professional debut in this production are Tom Broderick, Reece Haydn Causton and Andrew Monaghan (all from Central School of Ballet).
Matthew Bourne says "The New Adventures Sleeping Beauty tour of the USA this Autumn has 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.