The acclaimed production — directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne — will officially open for the press Oct. 17.
Attendees of the Gala First Performance Oct. 13 at 7:30 PM are scheduled to include Tony-winning Billy Elliot trio David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik; Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden; Emmy winner Christine Baranski; Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie; director Sir Richard Eyre; Tony winner Alan Cumming; Tony and Oscar winner Sam Mendes; downtown performance artist Joey Arias; renowned puppeteer Basil Twist; screenwriter Caroline Thompson; choreographer Sergio Trujillo; and actor Jack Noseworthy.
Producers are New York City Center, Sadler's Wells Theater London and Back Row Productions.
Swan Lake stars a mix of established New Adventures performers and newcomers. Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier return to the role of The Swan following their 2009 debuts; the role of the Prince is shared by Dominic North and Simon Williams; the role of The Queen is played by American dancer and original Broadway cast member Nina Goldman; sharing the roles of both The Queen and The Girlfriend is veteran New Adventures company member Madelaine Brennan; The Girlfriend is played by New Adventures veteran Shelby Williams; and the role of The Private Secretary is shared by New Adventures resident director Steve Kirkham and company member Ashley Bain.
The production features set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Rick Fisher. Adventures artistic director Matthew Bourne previously stated, "Can it really be over a decade ago that my production of Swan Lake was on Broadway? A memorable experience that culminated in our winning three Tony Awards. An incredible journey for a piece that started out as a government subsidized project that was seen as, at best, a creative gamble and, at worst, an outrageous folly! Of course, this was before people had seen the power and the majesty of our now famous male swans. I am happy to say that that journey has since continued and Swan Lake has been seen all over the world, inspiring young (particularly male) dancers and creating an unprecedented new audience for dance."
Swan Lake — which is set to the famed Tchaikovsky score — debuted in London in 1995 and landed on Broadway in 1998, earning Bourne Tony Awards for direction and choreography. Swan Lake was later televised on PBS' "Great Performances" and featured in the film "Billy Elliot."
Tickets are available at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org. Tickets are $110 (Orchestra and Grand Tier); $85 (Orchestra, Grand Tier and Mid-Mezzanine); $50 (Mid-Mezzanine and Rear Mezzanine) and $25 (Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine).
Matthew Bourne talks about the "phenomenom" of his Tony Award winning production of Swan Lake: