Matthew Bourne’s Tony Award winning reimagining of Swan Lake will return to New York this fall for the first time since its 1998 Broadway run. The limited engagement plays October 13 through November 7, 2010, at New York City Center. The gender-bending production is directed and choreographed by Bourne.
In Bourne’s Swan Lake, the traditional female corps de ballet is replaced by a menacing male ensemble in the story of modern young prince whose search for love and freedom is accented by recurring visions of swans both real and imagined. The cast stars rotating principals Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan, Dominic North and Simon Williams as The Prince, original Broadway cast member Nina Goldman and Madelaine Brennan, as The Queen and The Girlfriend, Shelby Williams as The Girlfriend, and Steve Kirkham and Ashley Bain as The Private Secretary. Complete casting for the production will be announced shortly.
Swan Lake originally opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 8, 1998. The limited engagement played 124 performances before closing on January 23, 1999, and garnered five Tony Award nominations, winning the awards for Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design. Swan Lake is both Broadway and the West End’s longest running ballet to date.
The return production is produced by New York City Center, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and Back Row Productions. The show features sets and costumes by Lez Brotherston and lighting by Rick Fisher.