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    a gorgeous swirl of storytelling and style
    The Independent
    [a] plush festive treat
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Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes tickets

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.

Performance dates: 18 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)

Age recommendation: Under 5s will not be admitted.

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Latest audience reviews

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

markspears 06 Feb 2020

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

markspears 06 Feb 2020

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

deborahb24 14 Jan 2020

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.

deborahb24 14 Jan 2020

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

mariaifrim Top 100 reviewer13 Jan 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 esthetics of the circles or stalls - personally, I think that the design did not help building an atmosphere.

mariaifrim Top 100 reviewer13 Jan 2020

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

stevent6 30 Dec 2019

Simply beautiful production, magnificent choreography, exquisitely danced with sumptuous music. Sets were simple, yet lush and extremely vivid.

stevent6 30 Dec 2019

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

mrscrm 14 Dec 2019

An excellent adaptation of this classic film. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and dancers were brilliant.

mrscrm 14 Dec 2019

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

nataliaivlikova 28 Feb 2020

Beautiful fairy tale, good mix of classical choreography with some modern dance, but appropriate to go with a conservative mom.

nataliaivlikova 28 Feb 2020
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