New Adventures




A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites the team who brought you New Adventures’ world-wide hit, Sleeping Beauty, with sumptuous designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

This world premiere is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese), whose work ranges from the witty and playfully robust to the achingly romantic and bittersweet, and played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

Age Recommendation: Suitable for children aged 5+, but we recommend having a read of the film's synopsis here, as there are some mature themes.

Awards 2017

Nominated for The Robert Robson Award for Best New Dance

Winner of Best Entertainment
Matthew Bourne winner of Best Theatre Choreographer


The show first opened on 21 November 2016 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, with an eight week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells before continuing its UK tour in 2017.

The Red Shoes will had its American premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on 15 September, followed by seasons at The Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte and City Center, New York.

An Interview with Matthew Bourne

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The Red Shoes Factsheet

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