Great Performances: Season 26, Episode 15

Swan Lake (10 Jun. 1998)

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Episode credited cast:
Adam Cooper ...
The Swan / The Stranger
Scott Ambler ...
Fiona Chadwick ...
The Queen
Barry Atkinson ...
The Press Secretary
Emily Piercy ...
The Girlfriend
Andrew Walkinshaw ...
The Young Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacqui Anderson ...
Teresa Barker ...
Sarah Barron ...
Lee Boggess ...
Greig Cooke ...
Ross Cooper ...
Andrew Corbett ...
Saranne Curtin ...
Darren Ellis ...


The unhappy and unloved Prince is mocked, betrayed and rejected by everyone around him. When he decides to commit suicide by throwing himself in a lake at a city park, a beautiful Swan emerges from the water. The Prince and The Swan become close friends, but their friendship is destined to end in tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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Version of Natalya Makarova's Swan Lake (1988) See more »


Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Condcted by David Lloyd-Jones
Performed by the New London Orchestra (leader: 'David Juritz) with solo cello by Michael Kaznowski
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Different, but absolutely wonderful all the same
13 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love ballet, and I love Swan Lake. Swan Lake with males as swans and a somewhat anti-romantic(in musical eras that is) approach in some scenes is a different production, but I like it for its uniqueness.

And it is wonderfully done all the same. The story is classic and haunting, and the music is utterly amazing with a sense of elegance and melancholy about it.

The costumes and sets are big and grand, not to mention they look wonderful. The camera work and editing helps hugely, and David Frame's conducting of a 27-member orchestra is commendable.

The choreography is fantastic, not just in the solos and duets but also in the group dances which are very energetic without feeling too heavy. The performances also add a lot, Scott Ambler is great as the Prince and Fiona Chadwick is a suitably icy queen, but it is Adam Cooper's show all the way.

In conclusion, different, unique yet absolutely wonderful and not one to forget in a while. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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