April 20, 2011 10:46 ET

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake to Be Broadcast in 3D TX: June 2011

Produced by Leopard Films for Sky 3D and Sky Arts

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 20, 2011) - This summer will see Matthew Bourne's award-winning production of Swan Lake come to television screens for the first time in 3D, exclusively on Sky 3D, Europe's first 3D TV station.

Thrilling, audacious and totally original, Matthew Bourne's production transforms one of ballet's best-loved stories into a stylish, witty, poignant, contemporary tale with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston. Perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake premiered at Sadler's Wells in November 1995 and has become the longest running ballet in the London's West End and on Broadway. It has enjoyed four successful tours in the UK and continues to thrill audiences throughout the world.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake has collected over thirty international theatre awards, including three Tony's for the Broadway production and has been widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a landmark production on the international stage.

Returning exclusively for Sky 3D to Sadler's Wells, and in association with Arts Council England, this unique production will be filmed with the most up-to-date 3D technology, bringing this legendary production to life in a way that has never been seen before on UK television. It will also be broadcast in 2D on Sky Arts.

'Matthew Bourne's production has fast become one of the most iconic productions of this ballet and we're delighted to be able to broadcast it in 3D,' comments John Cassy, Director of 3D. 'Performance is one of the most exciting genres for 3D – and the depth of feel that 3D is able to offer to dance productions on screen is truly thrilling. It sounds clichéd, but it really does feel as if you're there.'

Todd Austin, Chief Creative Officer at Leopard Films said: "This exciting event marks the first production from our new arts division and Leopard Films' first 3D project. We are delighted to partner with Sky Arts and New Adventures to deliver a visually spectacular film for arts and ballet fans across the world."

The production was filmed by a live, before an audience on 8th April at Sadler's Wells. The production was directed by Ross MacGibbon and executive produced by Fiona Morris for Leopard Films.

Contact Information

  • Notes to Editors: For more information, or to
    attend the live filming please contact:
    Amy Holland