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Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes Tickets

Sadler's Wells

Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of The Red Shoes returns to Sadler’s Wells for the festive season, spinning its seductive tale of possession and obsession set to the romance of Bernard Herrmann’s score.

Enchanting ballet makes triumphant return

Matthew Bourne’s sumptuous The Red Shoes returns to Sadler’s Wells for the Christmas season. This gorgeous adaptation of the iconic film charts one girl’s dream to be the world’s greatest dancer.

Ballerina Victoria Page has given her heart to dance. When two men enter the scene, she finds herself torn between love and ambition. As they exert their own desires and agendas upon her, she finds that passion, obsession, and possessiveness all go hand in hand. The piece is based on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film of the same name, which Bourne has adored since his teenage years.

The Red Shoes is set to Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann’s gorgeous score, orchestrated by Terry Davies and performed live by the New Adventures Orchestra. Cinematic designs are by Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis, and projection by Duncan McLean.

For an intoxicating slice of magic showcasing Matthew Bourne’s signature artistry, don't miss The Red Shoes tickets.

Sorry this show closed 19 January 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

The Nutcracker
Swan Lake
Circa's Duck Pond
Performance dates:
18 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Under 5s will not be admitted.

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes Reviews

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User Reviews


A proper ballet which being totally honest isn't what I normally watch but I know the film and story so very much enjoyed it, I may have had more trouble following it if I hadn't known it, but beautiful

Performance date: 15 December 2019

Fabulous show. The set is amazing and the dancers/actors fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. That includes the theatre, we didn't experience queues for refreshments or toilets, seemed very smoothly run.

Performance date: 12 January 2020

The show was in my opinion better than the movie - surprised by a diverse cast. The costumes were corful and not necessarily the traditional classic ballet atire. Although I understand that the theater is new I was a little bit disappointed by the es Read more

Performance date: 18 December 2019
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