Tripping the light fantastic

Matthew Bourne’s multi-award winning production of Swan Lake is back in the area and can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from March 11-15.

One of the most popular dance productions ever staged, the New Adventures touring show is a real favourite with ballet lovers of all ages.

Returning to the iconic role of The Swan are two powerful leading men, Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield who have both made the role of The Swan their own.

Matthew Bourne said: “The New Adventures Sleeping Beauty tour of the USA this autumn has meant that we have been able to offer a substantial number of new contracts for our latest revival of Swan Lake.

“The quality of this Swan Lake company is testament to how far New Adventures and our Swan Lake has come in the eighteen years since its first performance, and the Box Office records already being broken on our upcoming UK tour is proof, if proof were needed, of the British public’s continuing fascination for this much-loved production.”

Premiering at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm.

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times, all set to Tchaikovsky’s sparkling score.

Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tony Awards, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement.

Ticket details are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.

n Jools Holland will be taking the greatest boogie-woogie party around the UK once again with his annual autumn/winter tour.

The piano master will be coming to 26 venues, covering 32 dates across the UK and Ireland, including a show at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, November 8.

British icon Marc Almond will be joining Jools and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for the Nottingham performance.

Marc Almond will be making a special appearance at 25 dates of the tour.

Having sold over 30 million records worldwide, Marc has made an unprecedented contribution to British popular music.

In addition to numerous hits during his time in Soft Cell, including Tainted Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Marc went on to become an international acclaimed solo artist with chart-topping success around the world.

His brand new four-track EP, featuring a plethora of excellent friends including Jarvis Cocker and Carl Barat and producers Tris Penna and Tony Visconti, was released last month.

With the vocal power of Ruby Turner, the soul tones of Louise Marshall, and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, along with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools Holland will perform tracks spanning his entire solo career, as well as songs taken from his new album, due to be released through Rhino this autumn.

For ticket availability for his Nottingham show, you can call the box office at the Royal Concert Hall on 0115 9895555.

n The Flaming Lips have been confirmed to play an intimate gig at Capital FM Arena Nottingham on Thursday, May 29.

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band and formed in 1983. They are acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble.

Tickets are £36.40 (includes administration fee), from www.capitalfmarena.com/online/theflaminglips