If you’ve never seen Swan Lake I’ll warn you that this is not the most traditional retelling of this classic story but it is probably the funniest… and smallest. Living Spit’s Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin transform Swan Lake into a wonderfully silly comedy. From the beginning they invited us to feel part of the story, Tchaikovsky might be turning in his grave, but we were having a brilliant time.

Living Spit's Swan Lake

Unlike most of Living Spit’s shows this time Howard and Stu are joined by two professional ballerinas and thankfully they leave most of the dancing to them, although there is some ingenious use of sock puppetry on their part. Howard and Stu’s perfect chemistry is still there, and they are clearly having fun getting a few more people to join them. The two ballerinas play the roles of princess Odette and prince Siegfried while Howard and Stu are everyone else and narrate what really happened on Swan Lake. The combination of beautiful ballet and this comic duo is so different and sure to keep you smiling long after it’s over.

Living Spit's Swan Lake

It’s always a treat to spend an evening with Howard and Stu, if you can’t make it to Swan Lake it is definitely worth keeping an eye out for their next adventure at the Tobacco Factory. They put a new twist on stories we think we know, and, as Swan Lake shows, they will try anything and can make even a tragedy brilliantly funny.

Living Spit’s Swan Lake runs at Tobacco Factory Theatres until 9th February 2020. Find out more and buy tickets here, then see what else is on at Bristol's theatres


Tobacco Factory Theatres
The Tobacco Factory Exterior

A popular theatre and café bar in Southville, with a programme of touring and in-house productions, childrens' and music events