The Red Shoes
THE DOUBLE OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING SMASH HIT
A sell-out before its world premiere season opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returned in 2019, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA.
The Red Shoes is a 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.
Set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and played by the New Adventures Orchestra, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection from Duncan McLean.
The History of the Show
World Premiere: 21 November 2016 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Following its premiere, The Red Shoes enjoyed an eight-week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells before continuing its UK tour in 2017.
The Red Shoes had its American premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on 15 September 2017, followed by seasons at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, and City Center, New York.
Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoesreturned to Sadler's Wells in 2019 for a seven-week Christmas season from 5 December 2019 - 19 January 2020.
Running time: Approximately 2 hrs, including a 20 minute interval
Age recommendation: Suitable for children aged 5+, but we recommend reading the film's synopsis, as there are some mature themes.
Watch ‘The Red Shoes, From Home’
This short film allowed our Red Shoes company to say one final farewell - with a flourish - after the unfortunate cancellation of the tour in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A big thank you to TEAfilms Ltd for putting this film together and bravo to our dancers, crew and creatives for all your hard work on the tour.
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Awards & Reviews
MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS 2017
Nominated for The Robert Robson Award for Best New Dance
OLIVIER AWARDS 2017
Winner of Best Entertainment
Matthew Bourne winner of Best Theatre Choreographer
HOSPITAL CLUB'S H.CLUB 100 AWARD
Ashley Shaw winner of Theatre & Performance
BROADWAY WORLD UK AWARDS 2017
Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production
NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS 2017
Matthew Bourne for ‘The Red Shoes’ nominated for Best Modern Choreography
Ashley Shaw as Vicky Page in ‘The Red Shoes’ winner of Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)
LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS AWARDS 2017
Matthew Bourne winner of the LADC Choreography award
Lez Brotherston winner of the LADC Costume Designaward
Paule Constable nominated for the LADC Lighting Design award
BIRMINGHAM WHAT'S ON AWARDS 2018
Nominated for Best Dance Production
BESSIE AWARDS 2018
Nominated for Outstanding Production
Lez Brotherston (Set & Costume), Duncan McLean (Video & Projection) & Paule Constable (Lighting) nominated for Outstanding Visual Design