Why See Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes?
A ballet to remember
Matthew Bourne's Olivier award-winning The Red Shoes heads out on a brand new UK tour in 2020 following a stunning premiere back in 2016. Based on the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film, which is in turn based on the tragic fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson, The Red Shoes is the story of a talented young dancer who finds herself torn between love and her career, with heartbreaking consequences.
What to expect
This electrifying production reunited Bourne with some of his frequent collaborators; Lez Brotherston, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Paul Groothuis. The brand-new score has been arranged by Terry Davies, from music by Bernard Herrmann.
Telling the story of a hopeful young dancer who hopes to make it into ballet legend, The Red Shoes draws parallels with the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale of the same name. Determined to be a star, Victoria is coached by the demanding impresario Boris Lermontov, who pushes her forward at every turn, eventually becoming possessive and jealous of her. When Victoria falls in love with the company composer, she is forced into an impossible position, which leads to heart-breaking and eerie tragedy.
Opening night: 12 May 2020
One hour and 56 minutes
And before you stop reading
Images are taken from the previous production and do not reflect casting for this tour
Cast and Creative
Cordelia Braithwaite and Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page
Adam Cooper as Voris Lermontov
Glenn Graham as Grischa Ljubov
Michela Meazza as Irina Boronskaja
Liam Mower as Ivan Boleslawsky
Dominic North as Julian Craster
Adapted and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne
Set and costume design by Lez Brotherston
Lighting by Paule Constable
Sound design by Paul Groothuis
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