The Red Shoes
Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
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.
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, as there are some mature themes.
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.
Cast & Creatives
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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 Design award
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