Derek Deane's Swan Lake | Melbourne Only

Derek Deane’s version of Swan Lake 

Performed by Shanghai Ballet with a Corps de Ballet of 48 Swans!


In a unique collaboration between the Shanghai Ballet and renowned British choreographer Derek Deane, a grand production of SWAN LAKE with 80 dancers, will open exclusively at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on 20th April 2017 for a week of dazzling performances.
From China’s cultural capital, the Shanghai Ballet showcases impeccable skill, with some of the most precise and graceful dancers Australia has ever seen. Audiences will experience the perfection of Deane’s impressive interpretation of the Tchaikovsky classic in this incomparable and exquisite production of SWAN LAKE.
Along with 450 stunning costumes and 10 tonnes of scenery, the Shanghai Ballet’s 80 dancers, including 48 beautiful swans, will grace the stage of the Regent Theatre in a truly lavish and spectacular production of SWAN LAKE . It is one of the most beloved ballets in the world and tells the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart in a story where true love conquers all.
Derek Deane remarked “The enduring popularity of SWAN LAKE is a testament to the appeal of traditional ballets. People can’t get enough of this story and choreographers like myself keep putting their individual stamp on it. The corps of the Shanghai Ballet rivals that of any world famous company, and is reason enough to see this unique production. It is also extremely rare to see a SWAN LAKE of this size.”
With over a thirty-year dance history, the Shanghai Ballet holds a predominant position in ballet circles in China and around the world. The company have created and staged many acclaimed and varied ballets including: Jane Eyre (Patrick de BANA), A Sigh of Love (Bertrand d’At), Hamlet (Derek Deane), The Last Mission of Marco Polo (Jose Martinez), and Shanghai Grand Theatre’s version The Nutcracker (Derek Deane).
SWAN LAKE has captivated the world for centuries, partly because of its technical demands and attendant prestige. This production will be the first time that SWAN LAKE has been performed in Australia in a theatre with a deluxe swan flock lineup.

We have 2x double passes to give away to see this ballet on Thursday 20th April at 7:30pm. To enter simply send in your name and phone number to in an email entitled ‘Swan Lake in Melbourne’. Entries close April 11th.


SWAN LAKE | Presented by Andrew Guild & Simon Bryce – Theatre Tours International

Thur 20th April – Sat 22nd April @ 7:30pm
Sun 23rd April @ 2pm
Mon 24th April @ 6:30pm

Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne

Tickets: $59 – $179 + Transaction fees

Bookings: 1300 111 011 /

After his training at The Royal Ballet School, Derek Deane went on to join Royal Ballet Company in 1972. Deane was promoted to Soloist in 1977, Principal Dancer in 1980 and then to Senior Principal Dancer in 1982. There, Deane danced some of ballet’s most memorable roles, including Prince in Swan Lake; Romeo, Benvolio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet; and Prince Rudolf in Mayerling.
Deane worked with some of the era’s most respected choreographers, including Macmillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Van Manen, Neumeier, Tetley, Nureyev, Wright and Bintley. After retiring from the stage, he went on to become the resident choreographer and Assistant to the Director of Teatro Del Opera Di Roma in 1990, before rising to Artistic Director of English National Ballet in 1993.
Derek Deane is continually travelling not just on choreographic assignments but also as a much sought after teacher, coach and repetiteur . He has on-going associations with The Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School as well as the English National Ballet, La Scala Milan, Teatro del Opera di Roma, the Pittsburgh Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet du Toulouse and the National Ballet of Croatia.
Deane has twice been nominated for Laurence Olivier Awards, and was awarded the OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Years honours list 2000.