"The dancing is exquisite, of course. The New Adventures company of dancers poses a potent combination of strength, grace, and acting ability. They have flawless bodylines in every movement, making even walking seem like an effortless elegant pursuit." – Entertainment Weekly
"You will be amazed and delighted by this spectacular entertainment. No one does it quite like Matthew Bourne." – Broadway World Los Angeles
A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession, and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
Matthew Bourne’s (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty) double Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, with sumptuous designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting), and Paul Groothuis (sound).
Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. For the New York premiere, New Adventures star Ashley Shaw, who originated the role of Victoria Page, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, debuting as a guest star with the company, alternate in the role. American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes and New Adventures dancer Dominic North share the role of composer Julian Craster, and Sam Archer is Boris Lermontov, the iconic Svengali-like impresario.
Matthew Bourne’s first new production in four years, The Red Shoes had sold-out runs in London and across the UK, making this smash hit one of the most anticipated tickets in New York City this fall. Learn more about how Matthew Bourne took this classic story from screen to stage in this interview.
"The Red Shoes triumphs" The Sunday Times
**** (4 stars) "Bourne’s supremacy is assured with a gorgeous take on a film classic" The Times
"A feast for the eye." Observer
**** (4 stars) "Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful" The Daily Telegraph
**** (4 stars) "A bewitching central performance from Ashley Shaw. A star is Bourne" Evening Standard
**** (4 stars) "Bourne’s gift for storytelling dazzles" Time Out
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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MATTHEW BOURNE’S production of
THE RED SHOES
Based on the film by MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER
and the HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN fairy tale
Music by BERNARD HERRMANN
|BORIS LERMONTOV, Ballet Impresario||Sam Archer|
|VICTORIA PAGE, a Rising Star||Sara Mearns, Ashley Shaw|
|JULIAN CRASTER, a Struggling Composer||Marcelo Gomes, Dominic North|
|The Ballet Lermontov|
|IRINA BORONSKAJA, Prima Ballerina||Nicole Kabera, Michela Meazza|
|IVAN BOLESLAWSKY, Premier Danseur||Will Bozier, Liam Mower, Danny Reubens|
|GRISCHA LJUBOV, Ballet Master,
Choreographer and Character Artist
|Glenn Graham, Leon Moran|
Completing the New Adventures cast as the leading dancers and creative team behind the Ballet Lermentov are Steph Billers (cover “Irina Boronskaia”), Jackson Fisch, Joshua Harriette, Daisy May Kemp, Philip King (cover “Julian Craster”), Dominic Lamb (cover “Grischa Ljubov”), Katrina Lyndon, Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (who also plays “Julian Craster”) Joe Walkling, Katie Webb (cover “Victoria Page”) and Seren Williams.
For details about casting, please click the + sign in the Tickets section next to a specific performance date.
Support for The Red Shoes is provided by
Douglas S. Cramer and Hugh Bush
Leadership Support for Dance at City Center is provided by