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Edition No. 140

Date:- 21 February 2004

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Swan Lake

National Dance Awards 2004

FRESH from winning two awards at the National Dance Awards, earlier this month, English National Ballet’s Spring Tour 2004 arrives at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool on 16 March 2004 with 7 performances of the world’s best-known ballet, Swan Lake. 

Supported by National Tour Sponsors 2004, Sky and Artsworld, Swan Lake continues to Manchester (23 – 27 March). 

The ultimate classical ballet, Derek Deane’s Swan Lake remains faithful to the original production of 1895 choreographed by Marius Petipa with original choreography by Deane and additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton. With Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, designs by Peter Farmer and lighting by Howard Harrison, this magical production makes a welcome return to The Empire. 

This enchanting ballet tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for the beautiful Odette, turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer, Rothbart. 

The first performance features the powerful partnership of Georgian-born ballerina Elena Glurdjidze as Odette/Odile and Swedish Principal Jan-Erik Wikström as Prince Siegfried. The same roles will be danced at other performances by Principal Dancers Erina Takahashi and Vladislav Bubnov, and Daria Klimentová with Dmitri Gruzdyev, and Principal Guest Artists Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur. Full day by day casting is attached. 

Adapted in 2000 especially for the proscenium stage from Deane’s arena version of Swan Lake, this production was made possible by funding from The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. 

Swan Lake – Spring Tour 2004 

LIVERPOOL Empire Theatre... 

16 March to 20 March 

Derek Deane’s Swan Lake 

Ticketmaster for ENB:-  0870 160 2832

MANCHESTER Palace Theatre

23 March to 27 March

 Derek Deane’s Swan Lake 

Ticketmaster for ENB – 0870 160 2832

Southport Cinema.

New Name!

THE SBC Cinema on the Ocean Plaza site is one of the 40 odd Warner Cinemas to relaunch under the name “Vue”.

The management state that their aim is to offer the highest standard of cinematic experience and customer service, in order to serve the community.

Certainly, on our recent visit, we were impressed by the cleanliness and comfort of the place. The seats afford a clear view of the screen without straining to look over or around those ahead, even for short people. Children can avail themselves of plastic booster seats, so that their view is not obstructed either. Because of this, the rake of the seats is quite steep but the wider steps help even those who are a little stiff to reach their seats safely.

Spaces for wheel-chairs, alongside the ordinary seating, are provided, albeit rather close to the screen, but this seems to be unavoidable.

The facilities are clean and well maintained. The water for hand washing was cold, but this was the only minor quibble.

The staff is pleasant and helpful and the ambience is conducive to a happy visit.

Click on to see the film times for Southport.

Click here for show times @ the Southport Vue.

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