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    a gorgeous swirl of storytelling and style
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    [a] plush festive treat
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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.

Performance dates:
18 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Sadler's Wells (See map)
Age recommendation:
Under 5s will not be admitted.

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    A proper ballet which being totally honest isn't what I normally watch but I know the film and st... More

    markspears's avatar
    markspears 06 Feb 2020

    Fabulous show. The set is amazing and the dancers/actors fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole... More

    deborahb24's avatar
    deborahb24 14 Jan 2020

    The show was in my opinion better than the movie - surprised by a diverse cast. The costumes were... More

    mariaifrim's avatar
    mariaifrim Top 10 reviewer 13 Jan 2020

    Simply beautiful production, magnificent choreography, exquisitely danced with sumptuous music. S... More

    stevent6's avatar
    stevent6 30 Dec 2019

    An excellent adaptation of this classic film. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and dancers we... More

    mrscrm's avatar
    mrscrm 14 Dec 2019

    Beautiful fairy tale, good mix of classical choreography with some modern dance, but appropriate... More

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    nataliaivlikova 28 Feb 2020
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