New Adventures are delighted to announce North American tour dates and casting for Matthew Bourne’s double OLIVIER AWARD winning production of THE RED SHOES. The production will make its American debut as part of a World Premiere tour, starting at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles on Friday 15 September 2017; and continuing to the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte and City Center, New York.
The World Premiere tour of The Red Shoes opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November 2016 ahead of a sold-out eight-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, where it opened to rave reviews. The performances at Sadler’s Wells were the fastest selling in New Adventures history. There are just two venues left on the UK tour. Due to popular demand, following sold out dates earlier this year the show is returning to The Lowry, Salford (11 July – 15 July) and Birmingham Hippodrome (18 July – 22 July).
The original award-winning cast returns to recreate their critically acclaimed performances in these iconic roles. The role of “Victoria Page”, the girl who dreams of being a great dancer, immortalised on screen by Moira Shearer, was created by New Adventures leading lady, Ashley Shaw, in a career defining performance. New Adventures rising star, Cordelia Braithwaite, who has also received great praise for her interpretation will return for the USA Tour. For the run at City Center, New York only, New York City Ballet star, Sara Mearns, will also play the role of “Victoria Page” making her New Adventures debut.
Sam Archer who created the title role of Edward Scissorhands in 2005 and who has starred in Cinderella, The Car Man and Play Without Words returned to the company to create the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario “Boris Lermontov”. Having recently made his debut in the role, Jack Jones will also play Lermontov at some performances.
The role of “Julian Craster”, was created by one of New Adventures most popular dancers, Dominic North, who was last year nominated for his second National Dance Award. Joining him, we are delighted to welcome back American Ballet Theatre star, Marcelo Gomes, who will be making his debut as Julian at all venues during the USA Tour. Marcelo was last seen with New Adventures in The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells in 2015 having previously danced “The Swan” in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Tokyo in 2014.
Completing the principal cast are the leading dancers of the Lermentov Company. Prima Ballerina, “Irina Boronskaja” is played by Michela Meazza, who returns to New Adventures where she has danced and created many leading roles (Los Angeles and New York only). She is joined by Company favourites Anjali Mehra, most recently seen as both “The Queen” and “The Girlfriend” in Swan Lake and Nicole Kabera, who most recently played “Queen Eleanor” in Sleeping Beauty.
“Ivan Boleslawsky” the role made famous by Robert Helpmann has been created by one of New Adventures finest young dancers, Liam Mower (the original West End Billy Elliot but now taking on his seventh principal role with New Adventures). Also playing Ivan is popular company dancer, Danny Reubens, who scored a great personal success recently as “Jack” in Lord Of The Flies and rising star, Will Bozier.
Lermontov Company choreographer and ‘character dancer’ “Grischa Ljubov”, has been created by veteran company dancer, Glenn Graham, who as well as playing “The Swan” in Swan Lake has recently been seen as “King Benedict” in Sleeping Beauty. Also playing the role of “Grischa” will be Leon Moran recently seen in Sleeping Beauty, The Car Man and as “Jim” in Edward Scissorhands.
Completing the New Adventures cast as the leading dancers and creative team behind the Ballet Lermentov are Steph Billers (cover “Irina Boronskaia”), Jackson Fisch, Joshua Harriette, Daisy May Kemp, Phil King (cover “Julian Craster”), Dominic Lamb (cover “Grischa Ljubov”), Katrina Lyndon (who also plays “Victoria Page”) Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (who also plays “Julian Craster”) Joe Walkling, Katie Webb (cover “Victoria Page”) and Seren Williams.
Sam Archer 'Boris Lermontov' and The Company (Photo: Johan Persson)
Long time company dancer Chris Trenfield, who co-created the roles of “Julian Craster” and “Boris Lermontov” will be retiring from New Adventures at the end of the UK Tour, after eight years of performing with the company. His final performance will be at the matinee at The Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 22nd July.
An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.
The North American tour dates will be supported across the continent with a program of workshops; curtain raisers and masterclasses for young people and emerging artists led by Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures.
REMAINING UK TOUR DATES 2017
TUESDAY 11 JULY – SATURDAY 15 JULY
THE LOWRY, MANCHESTER
WEDNESDAY 19 JULY – SATURDAY 22 JULY
US TOUR DATES 2017
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
AHMANSON THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA
TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER
THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC
TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER
BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS, CHARLOTTE, NC
THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER
CITY CENTER, NEW YORK, NY