Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow Review

5-9 March 2019


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

At the King’s Theatre in Glasgow last night, the audience was captivated by a mesmerising performance of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

First opening in 1995 in Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s musical score of Swan Lake came alive on stage, though caused somewhat of a stir as males were cast as the swans.

The Prince (James Lovell / Dominic North) feels unloved by The Queen (Nicole Kabera / Katrina Lyndon) and is introduced to The Girlfriend. On discovering that she has been paid by The Private Secretary, he writes a suicide note before the swans appeared before him in the city park, the swans that he dreamed of as a child.

At the Royal Ball of foreign dignitaries, The Girlfriend manages to also attend. A Stranger, played by Will Bozier / Max Westwell (who also plays the role of the Swan) appears courting the Queen. Animosity ensues resulting in The Girlfriend being shot. The Prince is sent to an asylum where the swans appear from under his bed. The swans then turn on the lead Swan, pecking him to death before the prince is found dead on his bed by The Queen.

My 9-year-old daughter accompanied me and she was engrossed by the performance which was far more humorous than either of us expected! We sat in the gallery, which is very high up but the view was excellent. There were only a few bits high up at the back we couldn’t see but it didn’t affect the performance at all, in fact we probably appreciated it more as we could see the whole stage so didn’t miss any of the action. The gallery seats are a very affordable way to experience the theatre and ballet.

The King’s Theatre is on Bath Street in the city centre so easily accessed and has excellent transport links. The traditional theatre is comfortable and the staff are exceptionally pleasant and helpful, enhancing the whole experience.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £19.40 to £59 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 5-9 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.

King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648

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