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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 5th Mar 2014 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Not being a lover of ballet this production was a good introduction to the world of dance.  The publicity leaflets bill the show as "a global phonomenon" and after seeing the spectacular production I can see why.
 
Tchaikovsky's dramatic music fits in well with the story. The show though seems to be in two parts, the first half has plenty of humour although there are still a few darks moments.  Liam Mower played a tortured soul as the Prince, whilst Chris Trenfield as the Swan was serene.

Anjali Mehra plays a humourous part as the Prince's girlfriend - her facial expressions were a joy and you knew exactly what she meant! There is even a nod to modern technology as her mobile phone starts to ring whilst watching a ballet in the Royal Box.

There is a visit to a seedy club where disco dancing meets ballet with some very swift moves. Strictly Coming Dancing was never as good as this!

It is in the second half of the show where things get deeper and darker and the swans appear  and things become grander at the Royal Ball with the dark side of the Prince and his nightmares coming to life.

Swan Lake

The show was funny, engaging and it held my interest throughout. For anyone who  needs a easy introduction to the world of ballet this is the show to see. Brilliant.


Runs until Saturday 8th March 2014
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk









 

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. This production became an icon of contemporary dance theatre almost instantly! Amazing show.
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