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Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Ave
London, EC1R 4TN
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Opened: 06 Dec 2016
Booking from: 28 Jan 2017
Booking until: 29 Jan 2017
Duration: 2 hours (including 20 min interval)
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  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Red Shoes, 6th January 2017
    A typical Matthew Bourne creation. Beautifully staged, fantastic dancers and intricate and imaginative choreography! A simple set really well used! I felt the story is well told and conveyed clearly although I did notice quite a few people around me looking up the plot in the interval! Another amazing production from the company!
    This seat is definitely value for money! The whole stage is visible and due to tiered seating taller people in front don't restrict the view at all! For this show the screen at the back is obstructed slightly meaning that you can't see the text displayed at the top of the screen at the start of act 2, in my opinion though it didn't make any difference to the story! I would say that the only real restriction is if the person directly in front leans forward! For a cheap price you get a clear view but if you're wanting to see small details in the set or the dancers facial expressions I would say you need to sit further forward! Legroom is actually really girl for an "upper" circle seat and I had plenty of room for my bag as well! I would sit in this seat again!
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  • joc78 5"4 female 165 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Red Shoes, 8th January 2017
    Matthew Bourne is back to his best with this production. What wonderful, imaginative choreography and the dancing is altogether a different class. Compounded with the most elegant, dynamic music this was a real treat to behold!
    A very good seat to the left of the stage at Sadler's Wells. The raking is good so that you can see over the person in front of you and there is pretty good leg room and its a comfortable seat.
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  • joc78 5"4 female 165 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Red Shoes, 8th January 2017
    Matthew Bourne is back to his best with this production. What wonderful, imaginative choreography and the dancing is altogether a different class. Compounded with the most elegant, dynamic music this was a real treat to behold!
    A very good seat to the left of the stage at Sadlers Wells. The raking is good so that you can see over the person in front of you and there is pretty good leg room and its a comfortable seat
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  • grahamlockwood 2 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Red Shoes, 3rd January 2017
    An excellent balletic interpretation of the Red Shoes story, whether you are a fan of the 1948 film or the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.
    Sat in Stalls A16
    This is an excellent seat. The only rows in front of you are Rows AA and BB and the view I had was unrestricted. The legroom in Row A is probably the best in the whole of the Stalls as there is ample room for people to walk past you without you having to stand up from your seat to allow them to pass. Seat 16 is in the middle of the row and so you have a centre view of the stage and not so close that you have to look up either.
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THE RED SHOES SEATING PLAN
The Stalls generally give good views, especially in the centre, with a deep rake ensuring that other patrons generally don’t impair your view. The front three or four rows should probably be avoided if possible for this production, as you are likely to miss a lot of the dancers’ footwork that close to the stage.

The First Circle tends to give very good views, especially in the front row, as unlike many theatres there is not a safety rail to restrict views. With quite a significant curve, seats towards the edge of the rows tend to be a lot more side on to the stage, but still with acceptable views. The rear however tends to be quite restricted in sight line by the overhand of the Second Circle. Seats in the Second Circle itself can feel very distant to the stage however are still reasonably unrestricted.
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STORY
Matthew Bourne brought his new production of the classic Oscar-winning film The Red Shoes to London’s West End this Christmas for an eight week run at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre between 6th December 2016 to 29th January 2017.

The much loved dance-drama tells the tale of Victoria Page’s dream to become the greatest dancer in the world. With a life that is obsessed with dance, her ambitions soon become a battleground between the two men who inspire her work.

Set to a score arranged by Terry Davies, utilising the enchanting music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, famous for his work with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, the music for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoe was played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

The Red Shoes was the latest in a series of ballets from the New Adventures Company, and sits alongside a huge range of other shows that have enjoyed great praise from audiences and critics alike, such as Sleeping Beauty, Lord of the Flies, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Swan Lake.

From the original film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948, to this most recent production, The Red Shoes has been inspiring dancers for generation, dazzling sensing and breaking hearts. Lez Brotherston leads on set and costume designs, ensuring that the vibrant and enchanting beauty of the original is experienced in London’s West End this Christmas.

Leading the coveted role of Victoria Page was the Australian dancer and New Adventures principal, Ashley Shaw, who has recently been dazzling crowds all over the country after reaching critical acclaim for her performance in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty as Aurora. Ashley Shaw had performed with the company ever since 2009 and many fans would have recognised her from many of the company’s starring female roles. Sam Archer, best known for his work as the title role in Bourne's Edward Scissorhands returned to the company to play the impresario Boris Lermentov, while Chris Trenfield will play Julian Kraster.

Matthew Bourne is considered by many as Britain’s most successful choreographer, staging many of the most imaginative productions that London has seen in recent years. With such a rich and delightful source material The Red Shoes at The Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London’s West End was a festive delight.

Previews of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes ballet began at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London’s West End on 6th December 2016, with an official opening night on 14th December 2016 and the show played for eight weeks over Christmas.
SUITABLE FOR
The Red Shoes is highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of any of Matthew Bourne’s previous enchanting work such as Sleeping Beauty, Lord of the Flies or Edward Scissorhands. With such a fantastic piece of source material, this new production is set to be a spectacle not to be missed.

For fans of the original Academy Award-winning 1947 film, you should not miss the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and vibrant movies about dance transferred to the West End stage. With a dance master such as Matthew Bourne in charge, you can rest assured that it will likely do the original justice.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 5+
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