Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes - Tickets
Witness a show that has captured the hearts of audiences around the world with its story of a girl who has just one dream - to become the best dancer in the world.
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why you should watch the red shoes
The Red Shoes is a wildly popular fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen that captivated audiences across the world as an Academy Award-winning film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It has been adapted for the stage by Matthew Bourne, one of the most successful choreographers in England. The show is set to an all-new score by Terry Davies, who makes use of the spellbinding music of Bernard Hermann. Hermann is a legendary composer from the golden age of Hollywood who was famous for having collaborated with Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. The music for the show is played live by New Adventures Orchestra. It also features a brilliantly designed set and charming costume designs by Lez Brotherston.
The show traces the tale of a passionate girl named Victoria Page, who dreams of being the most renowned dancer in the world. She is born to dance, but the trials that lie ahead are insurmountable. The adaptation is a thrilling drama that is sure to overwhelm your senses and fill you with deep sorrow. Bourne has given a lot of emphasis to the idea of dance in the production. The original plot has been watered down to fit this new medium and is full of duets, solos, and an array of ensemble arrangements. His 17-member cast does justice to this incredible work of art that barely has any dialogue. Everything that Bourne wants to convey is done through dance and music instead of dialogue, resulting in an emphatically fresh experience for the audience.
Lovers of Musicals | Lovers of the film The Red Shoes
“If ever there was a film destined to be reinvented as a stage ballet, 'The Red Shoes' is it — and Matthew Bourne is just the director to envision it.” - Variety
know before you go
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
2h with one 20min interval
The show is recommended for viewers over the age of 5.
Sadler's Wells Theatre has a seating capacity of 1505
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Carry a few layers; the theatre is air-conditioned through the year and can get a bit chilly
You will get an email confirmation with your Red Shoes voucher. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID.