Thursday, October 3

Full Cast for Tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

The full cast has just been announced for the new tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake which opens at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 18th October and spends the Christmas season in London at Sadler's Wells.

Returning to the iconic role of The Swan are Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield (from 14 January 2014) who have both made the role of The Swan their own. Jonathan Ollivier, a former star of Northern Ballet Theatre, was last seen as the mysterious Speight in New Adventures’ Play Without Words, and recently with Michael Clark. Chris Trenfield is currently starring as Leo in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and will join the Swan Lake company on his return from the USA tour of that production in December. He has also played leading roles in New Adventures’ Play Without Words and Nutcracker!

The Prince will be played by Simon Williams, Sam Archer and Liam Mower (from 14 January 2014). Simon remains the only artist to have ever played both The Prince and The Swan in this production, and he will be doing the same again in this revival. He has just completed 12 years with Michael Clark Company, and also has a long history with New Adventures in Nutcracker!, The Car Man, and Matthew Bourne’s Christmas for Channel 4. Sam Archer has been a New Adventures leading man for over 10 years, creating the role of Edward Scissorhands, as well as leading roles in The Car Man, Play Without Words and Cinderella. Liam Mower, recently seen in Sleeping Beauty in his first Principal role as Count Lilac, was the original Olivier award-winning star of the West End’s Billy Elliot. He joined New Adventures in 2011, and, following Sleeping Beauty, will be joining this production in January 2014.

The Queen will be portrayed by  Madelaine Brennan, Saranne Curtin and Michela Meazza. Madelaine Brennan was last seen in this production playing, The Girlfriend. A role that she subsequently played in the 2011 3D Film for SKY Arts. She has played a wide variety of roles in New Adventures productions from Cinderella to Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker!. Saranne Curtin is one of the most important dancers ever to have worked with New Adventures, having created the leading roles of Lana in The Car Man, Sugar in the 2012 revival and 2013 film of Nutcracker! and Glenda in Play Without Words. She was in the original cast of Swan Lake (as The Italian Princess) and comes out of retirement to once again play The Queen, a role for which she received much praise in several UK and International tours of this production. Michela Meazza, a recent nominee for the outstanding female dancer at the National Dance Awards, will be making her debut in this role. Michela is one of New Adventures foremost dancer/actors, having created the roles of Lady H in Dorian Gray and Joyce in Edward Scissorhands as well as leading roles in Play Without Words (original cast), The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Cinderella.

The Girlfriend will be played by Anjali Mehra, Kerry Biggin and Carrie Johnson. Anjali Mehra was last seen in New Adventures’ Play Without Words and will also be dancing the role of The Queen during this revival. Kerry is one of New Adventures most experienced and versatile performers, having created the role of Kim in Edward Scissorhands and has starred in every Bourne production of the last 10 years. Carrie Johnson was last seen in Nutcracker! in 2011/12 and will also be seen as The Moth Maiden and French Princess in this revival.

 Rejoining the New Adventures Company for this revival are Tom Clark, Glenn Graham, Tim Hodges, Jack Jones, Katrina Lyndon, Jamie-Emma McDonald and Paul Smethurst. Making their Debut with New Adventures are Chris Agius Darmanin , Michael Barnes, Stephanie Billers, Cordelia Braithwaite, Otis-Cameron Carr, Nicole Cato, Emma Chadwick, Harry Clark, Tom Cummings, Iván Delgardo del Río, Freya Field, Robin Gladwin, Chantelle Gotobed, PJ Hurst, Luke Jackson, Graham Kotowich, Andy Macleman, Edd Mitton, Kyle Murray and Ashley-Jordon Packer.

 Making their professional debut in this production are Tom Broderick, Reece Haydn Causton and Andrew Monaghan (all from Central School of Ballet).

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