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The Red Shoes

Closed January 29, 2017

"It has been a long held ambition of mine to bring The Red Shoes to the stage as a dance/drama. It is set in the theatrical world of a touring dance company...My challenge will be to capture some of that surreal, sensuous quality within the more natural t

Matthew Bourne

Why See The Red Shoes?

put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Matthew Bourne returns with a new show this Christmas, a self-confessed love letter to the theatre; The Red Shoes. 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.

Starring Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page, the production will reuinte Bourne with some of his frequent collaborators Lez Brotherston, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Paul Groothuis and will have as score mixed by Terry Davies, from music by Bernard Herrmann, composer for classic thillers such as Psycho, Vertigo and Citizen Kane.

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Opening night: 6 December 2016


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Two hours long including a 20-minute interval

Cast and Creative


Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page
Cordelia Braithwaite as Victoria Page at certain performances
Katrina Lyndon as Victoria Page at certain performances
Sam Archer as Boris Lermentov
Chris Trenfield as Boris Lermentov at certain performances
Dominic North as Julian Kraster
Andrew Monaghan as Julian Kraster at certain performances
Michela Meazza
Anjali Mehra
Liam Mower
Danny Reubens
Glenn Graham
Leon Moran
Steph Billers
Will Bozier
Jack Jones
Daisy May Kemp
Phil King
Dominic Lamb
Kate Lyons
Joe Walkling
Katie Webb
Joshua Harriette
Seren Williams


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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