The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

3.3 (4) · Dance, Physical Theatre

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale

“If you’re looking for a dance show this winter, this one is a class act. Created by the legendary Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne, it is set in the golden age of Hollywood and follows a young starlet who’s on her way to fulfil her dream of becoming the world’s greatest dancer. It won Olivier Awards in previous years and is returning for the festive period.”


A sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA.

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 achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and played live by the New Adventures Orchestra, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Critic reviews

A gorgeous swirl of storytelling and style

The Independent

Since its debut three years ago, Matthew Bourne's dazzling show has deepened and matured

The Stage

A real Christmas treat


The cast brought the story to life with remarkable detail

The Times

A dazzling, triumphant masterpiece

The Upcoming

Matthew Bourne's love letter to the cinema returns, in even sharper focus

The Arts Desk

By far one of Bourne's most accomplished, creative and complete works, it's a theatrical joy from start to finish

Broadway World

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Dec - Sun 19 Jan, 2pm, 2.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R London, UK · Get Directions
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