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Feast your eyes on an audacious and resoundingly successful attempt to stage Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake with an all-male cast of dancers! This is the longest running ballet on both London’s West End and Broadway, and has been enthralling audiences across the world since 1995.

Why Watch Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

There are few interpretations of classical ballet that dare to foray into unexplored territory as boldly and triumphantly as Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. The company has toured over 8 countries, including Russia, Australia, Japan, and Israel. At Broadway and London’s West End, Swan Lake has been running successfully since 1995. The beautiful Russian romantic ballet that generally features an amalgamation of male and female ballet artists has been converted into a convention-shattering all-male performance in Bourne’s version. The dancers are supported by the award-winning designers Paule Constable (lighting) and Lez Brotherston (set and costume design). Over the years, the company has received an Olivier Award, three Tony Awards, and over 30 other international accolades for its outstanding performance.

The Story

Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Swan Lake, has been one of the most delightful love stories for over 140 years since its debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. This four-act ballet follows the story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, the Swan Princess. Cursed by a powerful sorcerer named Von Rothbart, Odette is forced to swim in a lake of tears as a swan until nightfall.

Odette and Prince Siegfried fall in love when Siegfried learns of her true identity, and like all fairy tales, all is not immediately well. The sorcerer's daughter, Odile, is transformed to look like the lovely Odette by her father. The prince proposes to Odile, not knowing that she is in fact the daughter of his evil mentor and sorcerer. Siegfried realises his folly when he sees the real Odette run back to the lake of tears in sorrow. He follows her to the lake and apologises. They jump into the lake together after a fight with Von Rothbart and Odile, and their spirits ascend to the heavens as Swan Lake comes to an emphatic and memorable finish.

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Fans of Classical Ballet

Critics’ Reviews

"Witty, menacing, lyrical and wild!"
The Telegraph

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Show Details

Show Timings

Tue & Sun 7:00 PM
Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 7:30 PM

2 hours, including 1 interval

Leading Roles
Matthew Ball
Will Bozier
Max Westwell

Directed by
Matthew Bourne

Additional Information

Not recommended for children under the age of 5.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
Hearing assistance system

Sadler's Wells has a seating capacity of 1568.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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