It blew us away!
Nigel Lythgoe
What a lovely experience! I love the film and now, WOW! This!
Misty Copeland
With admiration, awe and privileged to have been in the audience. Will not soon or ever forget
Sarah Jessica Parker
This is just everything…more, more, more
Alan Cumming
Thank you for sharing your spirits, your bodies and your hearts. Beautifully told and a pleasure to see
Ben Platt
I cannot thank you enough for an unforgettable performance of one of my favourite stories
Sir Daniel Day Lewis
Brotherston’s costumes and set design have often been described as 'sumptuous' or 'dramatic' - I'd call them breathtaking. What you see on stage is detailed, explosive (literally!) and effective beyond belief.
Black Country Radio
Madelaine Brennan is glamourous yet threatening as the Stepmother
What's On Magazine
Nicole Kabera conveys subtle sophistication as carefree stepsister Vivien
What's On Magazine
Ashley Shaw is at the heart of this production, dazzling in the title role
What's On Magazine
This is a show for every single member of the family, whether you’re passionate about dance or if this is your first trip to the theatre
Style Birmingham
Matthew Bourne, whose Swan Lake famously rewrote the ballet rulebook, has turned his sights on this other archetypal tale, and the result is quite simply stunning... the cheering audience and standing ovation at the end said it all
Lichfield Live
beyond breathtaking... every scene is beautiful, with a great mixture of realism and fantasy
Brum Hour
★ ★ ★ ★
this clever subversion of the Swan Lake story still works for ballet aficionados and dance first-timers alike
Evening Standard
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
the most astonishing dance dramas of our time
Birmingham Post
★ ★ ★ ★
Its confidence, cleverness, fluent choreography and real emotion make it the perfect treat for Christmas – or any time of year.
The Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★
wonderfully entertaining
The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★
a maverick showman, mining his own highly coloured seam of nostalgia and pastiche
The Guardian
a breath of fresh air
Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★
Dance-Theatre marvel, Matthew Bourne… one of dance’s true originals
The Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★
Within seconds of the first piece starting, I was smiling. Within minutes, I had laughed out loud. What might be called the Bourne Effect was beginning to work.
The Telegraph
If you haven't seen ballet before this is the type of ballet you should come and see, you'll fall in love with it
Jason Watkins
Matthew is able to express story, love and passion without any words. When you can transcend like that, you transcend language, you transcend boundaries and you go straight to the heart
Dustin Lance Black
Douglas Booth (actor)
You get the story you love, but with a completely different twist, so you never know what's coming around the corner
Douglas Booth
Anybody will get it and that really is the magic of it
Bruni Tonioli
Matthew strikes a chord with everybody and you don't necessarily have to be a ballet aficionado for this to really hit you
Ore Oduba
I think what Matthew does that's so great, is he appeals to young and old and that's not easy to do.
Lulu
It was such a spectacle. Magical!
Ophelia Lovibond
It was exceptional, inspiring and deeply emotional.
Susan Calman
It's the scenes, it's the acting, it's the costumes. Just gorgeous!
Louise Redknapp
Andrew Marr (Political Commentator & Television Presenter) at Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Gala
It was sensational. Beautiful, beautiful choreography!
Andrew Marr
Such a beautiful show with so much talent
Tab Hunter
I'd go anywhere for Matthew Bourne. I'll see everything and anything that he does
Minnie Driver
Staggering! What he does is contemporary and classic at the same time - and fiendishly different. He just follows his muse, and the result is spectacular
Michael Feinstein
I've never seen anything like this. I'm in love!
Liza Minnelli
It was terrific!
David Hockney
Thank you for a miraculous evening. Sheer joy and excellence
Dame Angela Lansbury
Amy Adams with The Red Shoes cast
It was so moving. Thank you for all of your artistry and dedication. So inspiring!
Amy Adams
Get your behind to whatever coast you cant to see this incredible work of beauty. The entire, extraordinary company blow an audience out of the stratosphere
Adam Shankman
★ ★ ★ ★
An enthralling experience for dance audiences old and new
Birmingham What’s On
It is delightful. Bourne keeps you thinking all the way home.
The Reviews Hub
Hats off to Matthew Bourne. This touching wartime romance is a ballroom blitz.
Express & Star
★ ★ ★ ★
Bourne has got under Prokofiev's skin and produced a work of art in dance
Sunday Express
★ ★ ★ ★
Clever, clever Bourne. He sprinkles his stage with the stardust of fairytale romance, but he gives his story a proper tear-jerking heft by reminding us that darkness always surrounds the stars
The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★
Plenty to marvel at in this gorgeous spectacle
Mail On Sunday
★ ★ ★ ★
Bourne’s dancers are once again on top of their game
The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
a rewarding but thoughtful theatrical treat
Bachtrack
★ ★ ★ ★
one of Bourne's most accomplished and polished retellings to date
BroadwayWorld
★ ★ ★ ★
energetic, and fired off with typical brio by those super New Adventures dancers
The Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
storytelling of the highest order and brilliantly served by the dancers
WhatsOnStage
★ ★ ★ ★
Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful.
The Daily Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★
Simply magical
Metro
The experience of a life time
Birmingham Hippodrome Review Roundup
What a story, what show, what a night.
94.7 The Wave
A beautiful and perfect, wordless essay on these lives and times
Independent
A masterclass in how to have witty and wonderful fun with tchaikovsky's iconic ballet
The Times
Bourne laces his glittering confection with the wit and sly humour that’s become his trademark… it’s like watching a selection box sparkle into life
Metro
Hats off to Matthew Bourne. His nutcracker! Is the most enjoyable and clever staging imaginable
The Times
It is a production that can appeal to children and the most hardened of dance fiends
Financial Times
More clever ideas than any other 10 versions put together
Time Out
So pretty, so funny, so frisky and good-hearted – has just about everything desirable in a christmas show. Very few ballet productions send you home feeling as good about life as this one
Daily Telegraph
The best it has ever been
Guardian
Three cheers for Matthew Bourne, three more for his version of the nutcracker... A brilliant family show
Evening Standard
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A cosmic, effervescent, thrilling synergy of set design, dance and music, the red shoes is an unmissable, unforgettable theatrical experience.
365 Bristol
Absolutely glorious, it’s a brave thing to do to take a favourite, iconic film and turn it into a ballet like that. Unbelievable.
Jennifer Saunders
Amazing... The dance was just beautiful!
Gorka Marquez
Astounding. Beg, steal or borrow a ticket.
Christopher Biggins
★ ★ ★ ★
Enthralling. Richly satisfying.
The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Everything about it is magical
Chronicle Live
He’s done it again…incredibly powerful and intoxicating - I couldn't recommend it enough!
Douglas Booth
Electrifying, a dynamite dance of desire
Daily Mail
It delivers a supremely and inventively slick entertainment: at its best it drills down to a hard core of emotional truth
Guardian
It is dance theatre at its very finest.
Barry Humphries
It's funny & thrilling & magical. A stunning piece of dance theatre. Go!
David Walliams
★ ★ ★ ★
Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful.
The Daily Telegraph
Matthew Bourne’s fun and feisty dance thriller
The Times
Natural bourne thriller. Superb
Sunday Times
Nobody does it better than bourne. A joyride of sweat, seduction and murder
Daily Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★
Simply magical
Metro
The experience of a life time
Birmingham Hippodrome Review Roundup
Bowled over by this ballet masterpiece
Manchester Evening News
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quite simply blown away by tonight’s performances, it was perfectly sublime
North West End
Superb female dancing in act three is icing on the cake
Irish Times
Swan lake is a tsunami of creativity that crashes about the senses in an evening of unbridled exhilaration
Plymouth Herald
The dancing is exquisite, varied, sexy and simply stunning
Birmingham Mail
The sheer breadth of physicality, emotionally underpinning this production is overwhelming and it’s novelty as fresh as ever’
Belfast Telegraph
Undeniably entertaining
Los Angeles Times
A deliciously lubricious spectacle’. Tuned to perfection
Time Out
A sizzling bourne adventure. Sultry perfection. See it
Observer
A steamy melodrama that’s just right for sultry summer nights’
Evening Standard
Absolutely beguiling and funny and beautiful.
Caroline Quentin
Absolutely glorious, it’s a brave thing to do to take a favourite, iconic film and turn it into a ballet like that. Unbelievable.
Jennifer Saunders
Achingly beautiful.
Patricia Ward Kelly
Amazing... The dance was just beautiful!
Gorka Marquez
An outstanding production. Fabulous evening.
Darcey Bussell
Another triumph for Matthew Bourne & his company.
Elaine Paige
Astounding. Beg, steal or borrow a ticket.
Christopher Biggins
Awesome!
Tom Daley
Bourne at his best
Sunday Express
Exhilarating. This modern re-telling of william golding’s classic is a breath-taking triumph
Wow 247 (Glasgow)