Leading dancing company New Adventures have today announced the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes – based on the hit film. 

This world premiere production will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on the 21st November, with an eight week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from the 6th December 2016 to the 29th January 2017.

A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its 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.

The cast will include Australian dancer and New Adventures Principal, Ashley Shaw who will create the role of Victoria Page and is currently stunning audiences as Aurora in ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Matthew Bourne said today: “It has been a long held ambition of mine to bring “The Red Shoes” to the stage as a dance/drama. It is set in the theatrical world of a touring dance company. It is actually about dance and dancers, a world that we all understand so well. However, the film’s genius is to make that theatrical world at times surreal, larger than life and highly cinematic. My challenge will be to capture some of that surreal, sensuous quality within the more natural theatre setting.”

This new production by Matthew Bourne, based on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film, reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists and the team that brought the world wide hit, Sleeping Beauty: Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

The Red Shoes will be set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese.

The Red Shoes opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on the 21st November before embarking on a UK tour. For more information on the tour dates and to book tickets visit: http://new-adventures.net/the-red-shoes/tour-dates

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