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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer/Director: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Sophia Moss In the not so distant future, a group of young men and women dance in pairs underneath a UFO-shaped chandelier. The dancing is rigid and stiff under the watchful eye of the uniformed guards – one hand up, one hand on wait and box step -, but turns into a loose, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Alex Ramon When Matthew Bourne collected his well-deserved Special Award at the Olivier ceremony two weeks ago, the prize was in recognition of a body of work that's not only significantly raised the profile of British dance but also helped to completely transform it as an art form. Principal among the productions that have ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Liverpool Empire

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer/Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: John Roberts Nearly 25 years ago, Matthew Bourne premiered his version ofSwan Lake, a production that not only found him struggling to bring together a creative team to agree to work on his “male” version of the classic ballet, but also take his then company Adventures in Motion Pictures from just a ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Design: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It isn't hyperbole to say that Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake changed the face of classical dance forever. Retaining Tchaikovsky's original score, the rest of the ballet is turned completely on its head. For all its fantasy, in Bourne's hands the story takes on a ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Geoff Mills Matthew Bourne’s transgressive, homoerotic reinterpretation of Swan Lake has been winning over audiences for more than twenty years. This latest incarnation will continue the tradition. Dominic North's unhappy prince is reticent, faltering, a delicate boy struggling to contend with the stiff realities of royal life. His mother (Nicole Kabera) is ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Katy Roberts Since its world premiere in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s thrilling production of Swan Lake has gone from strength to strength. Plagued by walkouts from male audience members during its first run, Bourne’s decision to take the traditional love story of the white swan, Odette, and her Prince and turn it completely ...

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Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Don’t feed the swans” reads the sign standing next to a park bench where The Prince (Liam Mower) is writing a suicide note. Drunk and despondent, the prince plans to drown himself in Swan Lake, but before he can take his life, smoke starts to engulf the space ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Designer: Lez Brotherston Lighting Design: Neil Austin Sound Design: Paul Groothuis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on from the critically-acclaimed new work, The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures delve deep into the back catalogue to 1997 to revive their much-loved production of Cinderella. Re-set to World War 2, Cinderella and her shell-shocked, ...

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