Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE Announces Cast
New Adventures is delighted to announce casting for the UK tour of Matthew Bourne's new production of his legendary "SWAN LAKE".
The show will tour for 32 weeks to 22 venues throughout the UK and begins at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Saturday 22 September 2018, ahead of an eight-week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells from Tuesday 4 December to Sunday 27 January 2019. "SWAN LAKE" will continue until the end of May 2019, before embarking on a number of international tour dates. "SWAN LAKE" will be at the Bristol Hippodrome between 12 - 16 March 2019.
New Adventures' star Will Bozier, currently dancing to great acclaim as 'Harry, the Pilot', in Matthew Bourne's "Cinderella" and former English National Ballet star Max Westwell, who was also recently seen in the West End in "An American in Paris", are both making their debuts in the role of 'The Swan'.
Both returning to the role of 'The Prince', two much loved New Adventures Principal dancers, Liam Mower (currently wowing audiences as 'The Angel' in "Cinderella") and Dominic North (acclaimed star of "Edward Scissorhands", "The Car Man", "Sleeping Beauty", "The Red Shoes" and currently "Cinderella"). They are joined by New Adventures' newcomer, James Lovell who is making his professional debut.
'The Queen' will be performed by two long-time New Adventures favourites, Nicole Kabera and Katrina Lyndon both making their debuts in this role.
Returning to New Adventures are Tom Broderick, PJ Hurst and Alex Sturman.
Making their debuts with New Adventures are: Nicole Alphonce, Leigh Alderson, Jonathan Luke Baker, Alistair Beattie, Benjamin Bazeley, Megan Cameron, João Castro, Zanna Cornelis, Kayla Collymore, Keenan Fletcher, Michaela Guibarra, Bryony Harrison, Nicholas Keegan, Shoko Ito, Courtney Liu, Jack Mitchell, Barnaby Quarendon, Jack William Parry, Sam Salter, Stan West and Milwhynne Williams.
Also making their New Adventures debut are Andrew Ashton from Newcastle, Isaac Bowry from Glasgow and Harry Ondrak-Wright from Birmingham who all performed in the acclaimed New Adventures production of Lord of the Flies in 2014.
New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK and their annual open auditions were attended by over 400 dancers. Since Lord of the Flies in 2014 New Adventures has been supporting young dancers from this production on their journey into training and professional work. The company have delivered various initiatives, including Swan School, two week-long intensives designed to prepare graduate level dancers for the audition process. This production of Swan Lake is the first New Adventures production to feature dancers who had their first experience of dance with the company in Lord of the Flies.
New Adventures is delighted to continue its relationship with Central School of Ballet and will this year be joining forces for the third year of our Student Associates Programme. This year making their New Adventures debuts on the Sadler's Wells stage will be third year students, Lewis Bondu and Alex Fadayiro. The Student Associates are generously sponsored by the Archie Lloyd Charitable Foundation.
Matthew Bourne said today "With the largest cast in our repertory, Swan Lake always gives us the opportunity to bring a wealth of new talent into the Company and I'm excited to welcome so many new dancers into the New Adventures family. I'm particularly thrilled to welcome cast members whose journey to this production came via our production of "Lord of the Flies" or through our "Swan School" which was designed to develop young talent for this company".
Matthew Bourne's "SWAN LAKE" returns with a fresh look for the 21st century.
Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and his Associate Artists, award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.
Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne's powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
New Adventures is a national portfolio organisation supported using public funds by Arts Council England.