Melbourne again proves itself as a major arts destination, supported by audiences and press alike, with the exclusive return season of modern classic Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

The production returned to original London home Sadler’s Wells for a sell-out season over Christmas, and has now set off on a world tour. The Melbourne season, beginning 16 October 2014 at the Regent Theatre, is the only Australian leg of the tour.

This current production includes a number of changes made by director and choreographer Matthew Bourne, the most since the show opened on Broadway in 1998.

"I am very proud to be returning to Australia, with my company, New Adventures, as Swan Lake enters its 20th year. This is a show that is very close to my heart and I’m happy to say that audiences around the world are still moved and entertained in equal measure by this beloved production. The 2014 company is one of the finest that this production has ever had and I’m particularly thrilled that we are able to delight Melbourne audiences once again with this exciting young company of dancers." said Matthew Bourne.

A measure of the success of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is that has been performed more times in London than the Royal Ballet has performed the traditional version of Swan Lake.

Fans of the movie Billy Elliot will remember that adult Billy is seen performing in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. A nice piece of synergy was achieved in the 2013/2014 London return season with the casting of dancer Liam Mower, who was one of the four boys who originated the role of Billy Elliot on the West End.

Presenter Liz Koops said “ Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is the jewel in his crown of unique and thoroughly entertaining nights in the theatre. I’m thrilled to be presenting this extraordinary company for this exclusive Melbourne season.”

Matthew Bourne’s production is perhaps best known for its menacing pack of male wild swans, which replaced the traditional fluttering female corps de ballet. It was a bold switch that became the winning signature of Bourne’s interpretation, one that brought a very modern sensibility brimming with style, wit and poignancy to the classic tale.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake plays at Regent Theatre, Melbourne 16 – 26 October 2014. For more information, see the show’s official website HERE.