The Red Shoes in Cinema

1 May 2020

The postponed cinema screenings of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes have been rescheduled and this special event will be released in venues worldwide from 30 September 2020. Tickets are going on sale now at If your preferred cinema is not yet available please do keep checking back as the listings are being updated regularly.


Utterly enthralling

Daily Express

Matthew Bourne’s finest achievement to date

The Stage

Matthew Bourne commented:

‘I’m proud that for nearly 20 years, New Adventures has built an unprecedented audience for dance. Cinema plays a vital role in ensuring we can take our productions to many more places, both across the UK and around the world, than it is possible for us to reach with our live performances. I am delighted that our dance production of The Red Shoes, based on the Powell and Pressburger film that I have loved since I was a teenager, will now have its moment on the big screen.’

World-famous dancer, actor and choreographer, Adam Cooper, returns to New Adventures after more than 20 years to play the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario ‘Boris Lermontov’. One of New Adventures much-loved stars, Ashley Shaw, reprises her award-winning role of ‘Victoria Page’ having first created it for the 2016 World Premiere Season. Acclaimed New Adventures performer, Dominic North, dances the role of struggling composer ‘Julian Craster’, with whom Victoria falls in love.  The filmed cast also includes other celebrated New Adventures dancers: Michela Meazza as the Prima Ballerina of Ballet Lermontov ‘Irina Boronskaya’, Liam Mower as Premier Danseur ‘Ivan Boleslawsky’ and Glenn Graham as the Ballet Master ‘Grischa Ljubov’.

Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw), Lady Neston (Daisy May Kemp) and Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper) The Red Shoes
Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw), Lady Neston (Daisy May Kemp) and Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper) The Red Shoes Credit: Johan Persson

Bourne’s supremacy is assured with a gorgeous take on a film classic

The Times


Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale

Music by Bernard Herrmann

Orchestrations by Terry Davies


BORIS LERMONTOV, Ballet Impresario:  Adam Cooper

VICTORIA PAGE, A Rising Star:  Ashley Shaw

JULIAN CRASTER, A Struggling Composer:  Dominic North

IRINA BORONSKAJA, Prima Ballerina:  Michela Meazza

IVAN BOLESLAWSKY, Premier Danseur:  Liam Mower

GRISCHA LJUBOV, Ballet Master, Choreographer and Character Artist:  Glenn Graham

NADIA – Rose Goddard

SVETLANA – Bryony Harrison

BERYL – Stephanie Billers 

PAMELA – Kate Lyons

MIKHAIL – Danny Reubens

 ANTON – Harrison Dowzell

SERGE – Jackson Fisch

 FREDERIC – Joao Carolino

LADY NESTON (Victoria’s Aunt), JOYCE (Auditionee), EDITH (Costume Designer) – Daisy May Kemp

SERGEI RATOV (Scenic Designer) – Reece Causton

DIMITRI (Lermontov Secretary & Company Manager) – Ben Brown

MUSIC HALL PERFORMERS, LADY NESTON’s GUESTS and other characters played by members of the Company


Directed & Choreographed by Matthew Bourne

Set & Costume Design by Lez Brotherston

Lighting Design by Paule Constable

Sound Design by Paul Groothuis

Projection Design by Duncan McLean

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and produced by Illuminations.  It is being screened in cinemas worldwide by More2Screen, a leading Event Cinema distributor based in London.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London and is the seventh New Adventures production to be filmed in partnership with More2Screen and distributed to cinemas worldwide. 

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