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The Red Shoes - 2019 - West End


A sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne's triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, 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 live by the New Adventures Orchestra, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis.

With Adam Cooper, returning to New Adventures after more than 20 years, and Ashley Shaw, and Dominic North, Liam Mower, Michela Meazza, Glenn Graham and Cordelia Braithwaite set to revive their acclaimed original roles, this intoxicating drama will dazzle your senses and break your heart.


Running Time: 2 hours, including one intermission

Sadler's Wells


by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019
Bay Area Cabaret opens its 16th season on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm with Broadway legend Maurice Hines performing Tappin' Thru Life. Backed by the acclaimed, all-female The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and his tap protégés, The Manzari Brothers, Maurice will tap through his incredible career in a jazzy song-and-dance celebration that pays tribute to his late brother Gregorya?"with whom he appeared on the stage of The Venetian Rooma?"and other artistic influences, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne offering his distinctive take on American standards, like Luck Be a Lady, I've Got You Under My Skin, It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing), and much more. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
The full cast has been announced for the return of Matthew Bourne's double Olivier award-winning, smash hit production of a?oeTHE RED SHOESa??.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
New Adventures has announced the full cast for the return of Matthew Bourne's double Olivier award-winning, smash hit production of The Red Shoes at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 11 a?' Saturday 15 February 2020.
by BroadwayWorld UK TV - Sep 22, 2020
Matthew Bournea??s double Olivier Award-winning dance adaptation of the legendary film The Red Shoes will be released in cinemas nationwide from 30 September. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive clip - watch the video below!
by TV News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has partnered with the V&A to co-curate a free to enter display to mark the iconic dance education organisation's centenary.
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by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
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As one of the lucky October-born people, the celebration of Halloween has always been a very important occasion for me as it is just a handful of days after my birthday. Growing up enjoying playing dress-up at this time of year always brought out my imagination into the realm of spirits, goblins, and how I just assumed they lived together with us in this world. So at this time of year, I have always wanted to attend the annual GHOSTWALK an in the streets production held in Santa Paula which brings to life encounters with local sprits who share the history of unique locations in the lovely quaint town. And now virtually I have - and so should you!
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A combination of storytelling, musical theater, comedy and jazz, acclaimed master guitarist Bruce Forman brings his one-man show to New York City's theater district. a?oeThe Red Guitara?? will make it's Big Apple debut after playing well over 100 dates in more than 25 cities including Los Angeles, Melbourne, San Francisco, Munich and Denver.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 1, 2020
What are you prepared to sacrifice for your art? Filmed at Sadlera??s Wells in January, Matthew Bournea??s The Red Shoes asks what a passionate obsession might cost a person. First seen in 2016, this wonderful show was a double Olivier Award winner and perfectly demonstrates Bournea??s deep understanding of and devotion to dance.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2020
NYU Skirball will co-present the digital tour of Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, a play with music and dance directed by Emma Rice, on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm EST (available for streaming through December 18).
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
For high school drama and English students in Ottawa, this time of year is usually brimming with anticipation and excitement. Unfortunately, this year it's filled with disappointment with the announcement that Canada's Capital Cappies had canceled the remainder of what was its 15th anniversary season.
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2020
But first, the episode starts off with a look at The Wedding Singer, based on the popular Adam Sandler film. It starred newcomer Stephen Lynch and joining him in the role of Julie, the waitress with a heart of gold, was one Broadway's loveliest leading ladies, Laura Benanti. The musical features a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and a book by Begluin and Tim Herlihy. Rounding out the cast was Kevin Cahoon, Matthew Saldivar, Amy Spanger, Rita Gardner, Felicia Finley and Richard H. Blake. Benanti told Ridge, 'I'm really proud of it. It's nice to play the girl next door. I have never done that. This is really my first brand new Broadway musical. So, I have learned a lot.'
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by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
New Adventures has announced that Adam Cooper and Ashley Shaw will star in the return of Matthew Bourne's double Olivier award-winning, smash hit production of "THE RED SHOES". The tour opens on Monday 18 November at Theatre Royal Plymouth and runs until Saturday 23 November, before visiting The Lowry, Salford, from Tuesday 26 November to Saturday 30 November; ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells, London, from Tuesday 3 December to Sunday 19 January 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019
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by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
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by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
GINGER THATCHER, former principal dancer of the Cleveland Ballet, will be a guest teacher from March 23-27, 2020, and VIOLETA ANGELOVA, former principal dancer of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, will be a guest teacher from July 20-August 1, 2020 at the Goh Ballet Academy. Ms. Thatcher will be a guest teacher for the New a?" Spring Performance Workshop, and Ms. Angelova will be a member of the faculty for the International Summer Intensive.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Spoleto Festival USA announces Romantics Anonymous, a musical theater production set to run during the 2020 season. Produced by Plush Theatricals in association with Wise Children, the work, which premiered in 2017 at Shakespeare's Globe in Londona?"comes from the mind of Emma Rice, an acclaimed director whose many piecesa?"The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (2018), The Red Shoes (2011), Don Jon (2009), and Tristan and Yseult (2006)a?"have been seen and adored by Festivalgoers. Rice adapted this musical from the French-Belgian romantic-comedy Les Emotifs anonymes; Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman developed the lyrics and music.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! returns to London for a limited Christmas season at Sadler's Wells in December 2020.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Dec 16, 2019
It's fitting that Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes returns to London to finish up another year of reviewing dance. By far Bourne's most accomplished, creative and complete work, it's a theatrical joy from start to finish that is performed with confidence by a cast who have now had time to perfect it since the 2016 premiere. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
New Adventures has announced that Adam Cooper and Ashley Shaw will star in the return of Matthew Bourne's double Olivier award-winning, smash hit production of 'THE RED SHOES'. a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells, London, from Tuesday 3 December to Sunday 19 January 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
The Metropolitan Opera today announces two cast changes for its forthcoming production of Verdi's La Traviata, opening January 10, 2020. Piero Pretti sings the role of Alfredo Germont at the performances on February 26, 29, March 5, 9, 13, and 19, 2020, replacing Vittorio Grigolo. Additionally, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns joins the cast as the female solo dancer for the performances on January 10, 14, 18, 23, 26, February 3, March 5, 9, and 13, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
A NEW production by celebrated choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne comes to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, next month (September).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2020
The postponed cinema release of Matthew Bournea??s The Red Shoes has been rescheduled. The double Olivier award-winning dance adaptation of the legendary film will be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 30 September 2020.