Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Sadler's Wells

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Venue Information
Sadler's Wells

Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue
Islington, London

Seating Plan


(5mins) Take Upper St towards the City Road crossroads. Continue straight and turn right into Rosebery Avenue, where the theatre is 100m down on the right.

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Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars based on 2 review(s)


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Audiences have been delighted with Matthew Bourne’s take on Swan Lake since it was first seen at Sadler’s Wells back in 1995. Now the show returns to the venue once again, ready to show modern audiences why this has become one of the most talked-about editions of the Tchaikovsky classic since the original opened its doors at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877.

Bourne’s version famously replaces the female Swans with male actors and this controversial decision ensures that it stands out. The decision for such a radical rethinking of the text paid off in the years since it premiered, with a Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Awards to its name. It is no wonder Matthew Bourne has gone on to become one of the biggest names in contemporary dance, with additional ballets like Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man, Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands and The Nutcracker ensuring that he remained in the spotlight.

Even the score is unique to Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; though Tchaikovsky’s remains intact, there are alterations made to accommodate the changes to the ballet from the original. The result is a piece that audiences will not find in any other version of Swan Lake.

So in a year that also brings shows such as Made In Germany and LA Dance Project to the venue, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – New Adventures – appears at Sadler’s Wells in London from Wednesday 4th December 2013. 

Show Information
Booking From: Sunday, 12th January 2014
Booking Until: Thursday, 23rd January 2014
Running Time: 2 hours
Show Status: production_closed
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