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Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes

Based on the film byMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 

and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale 

Music by Bernard Herrmann

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. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne's magical adaptation 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 and Orson Welles) and played live by the New Adventures Orchestra, with sumptuous set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston,  Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

"BRITAIN'S MOST SUCCESFUL CHOREOGRAPHER WILL BLOW YOUR MIND WITH HIS SHEER IMAGINATION, WIT AND BRIO" - The Times 

"BOURNE IS A MASTERLY STORYTELLER" - New York Times

"The great showman of British dance with an instinctive understanding of what audiences want’" - Daily Telegraph