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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake took my breath away!

This could be the easiest review I’ve ever written.

From overture to standing ovation, Matthew Bourne’s performance of Swan Lake at Norwich’s Theatre Royal was staggeringly, mesmerisingly good. There you go, that’s it.

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I have often used the word breathtaking but not sure I have actually had my breath taken away by a performance until now. Before anyone says it – it’s not because I’m a 40 plus hormonal woman watching half naked fit men leap around the stage as swans!

The thing with this version of Tchaikovsky‘s classic Swan Lake is that Matthew Bourne has brought it up to date without making it awkward or gauche and if anything the scenery, costumes and narrative suit the music even better than the original.

The other wonderful inclusion is the addition of some very deftly and subtly applied comedy – a look here, a stance there and the audience are laughing at points of this well-known ballet where I’ve certainly never heard laughter before.

All in all, a superb experience and one that I would repeat again this evening if I could.  This particular ballet will never be the same for me again.

You want more?

Muddy HQ were lucky enough to talk to the male lead Max Westwell, read the full interview here.


Unfortunately this weeks performances are sold out. However, massive well done to the team at the Theatre Royal as Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet is coming to Norwich in September.

My advice – book now as tickets will be selling fast!


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