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The Red Shoes returns

Posted on March 19, 2019

New Adventures has announced the return of Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier award-winning production of The Red Shoes later this year.

The national tour opens on November 18 at Theatre Royal Plymouth and runs until November 23, before visiting The Lowry, Salford, from November 26–30, ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, London, from December 3 to January 19, 2020.

A sell-out before its world premiere season opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of the legendary film 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 romantic 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.

Further tour dates for 2020 and casting will be announced shortly – keep an eye on new-adventures.net.

Ashley Shaw  as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes. Photograph by Johan Persson

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, is out now as an ebook and available on Amazon, with the paperback following on August 22.

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