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Matthew Bourne's Olivier Award-winning show, The Red Shoes, is returning to the stage,

The Red Shoes returns!

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell Published 11 March 2019

Get your ballet shoes at the ready, because the double Olivier Award-winning dance show, The Red Shoes is making its return to the stage!

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Bourne, and based on the iconic film, The Red Shoes is a fond favourite for audiences across the UK and America. And in 2017, Matthew won an Olivier Award for his choreographing of the show.


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The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Set to the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and played by the New Adventures Orchestra, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection from Duncan McLean. And there’s still a few more announcements to be made about this upcoming production, including its cast!

This year Matthew Bourne was announced as the recipient of this year’s Special Award at the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard. Recognised for his extraordinary achievements in dance, Matthew is considered to be one of the UK’s most successful choreographer and director. He’s created and directed dance for musicals, theatre and film for 30 years, receiving numerous international accolades including seven Olivier Awards.

The Red Shoes cast will start their UK tour in November this year. They will first perform at Theatre Royal Plymouth (18 – 23 November), then At the Lowry, Salford (26 – 30 November), and finally as part of the Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells between 3 December – 19 January 2020. The Red Shoes will then commence a longer tour, with dates still to be announced.


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