PREVIEW: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Theatre Royal, April 8 to 19 2014

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
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THE grace and spectacle of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake arrives in the region next month.

The choreographer and director’s famous production of the ballet class is a triumphant modern re-interpretation, which turned the dance’s tradition upside down.

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, creating a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.

Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Liz Koops, chief executive for Broadway Entertainment Group, who has produced the show globally for eight years, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake back for its fifth international tour.

“I am immensely proud to have been part of this wonderful production for so many years, a production which remains as fresh, vibrant and as relevant as it was at its very first performance.

“Its unrivalled success is a testament to its unique storytelling and iconic beauty.”

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.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake will be staged at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday, April 8 to Saturday, April 19.

Tickets are available from £15 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 112121 or you can select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk