Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Ballet for the Modern Age ; REVIEWS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Ballet for the Modern Age ; REVIEWS

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LOTS of people couldn't accept the male swans,' says Matthew Bourne.

Recounting the fledgling days of his Swan Lake project, the now multi-Tony and Olivier winner tells of how people assumed it would be a 'send up' of the story, with 'men in drag', in a newspaper interview.

Eighteen years on, it's unlikely that anyone would describe a decision to cast an all-male flock of swans in what would become a huge West End Broadway hit as a cheap gimmick.

And his production, though filled with humour and modern references to the cult of celebrity and mobile phone addiction, is no less serious than the big conventional showpieces, just perhaps a little more fun and a lot more imaginative.

Bourne's retelling focuses on a young prince (Simon Williams) who, surrounded by servants, bound by convention and kept at arm's length by his mother, finds solace first in drink, before a chance visit to the lake brings him in to meet a beguiling creature, a likely figment of his imagination. …

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