"a riot of colour and motion"
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"a gorgeous swirl of storytelling and style"
-The Independent-

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About the show

Matthew Bourne’s surreal and intoxicating The Red Shoes makes its returns with a Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells. This adaptation of the legendary film follows one girl and her dream to be the world’s greatest dancer. After starting a tour of the UK, it plays at the London venue from 3 December 2019.

A sell-out success at its 2016 world premiere, the production proceeded on to win two Olivier Awards: one for Best Theatre Choreographer and another for Best Entertainment. It has toured to critical and popular acclaim across the UK and USA.

Victoria Page is a ballerina whose life revolves around her love of dancing. When two men insinuate themselves into her world, she finds herself cruelly torn between love and ambition. Passion, obsession and possessiveness all play a part in this heart-breaking story. The stage show is based on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film, which bears the same title.

The Red Shoes is set to an evocative score by Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, orchestrated by Terry Davies and performed by the New Adventures Orchestra. Cinematic designs are the work of Lez Brotherston, with sound by Paul Groothuis, lighting by Paule Constable and projection by Duncan McLean.

The principal dancers have not yet been announced.

Matthew Bourne’s aesthetic artistry, combined with the drama and heartbreak of the original story, conjure an evening of dance without comparison. The Red Shoes plays at London’s Sadler’s Wells from 3 December 2019.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures won't want to miss the darkly seductive The Red Shoes.

Playing at

Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Ave
Seating Plan

Sadler's Wells seating plan

Booking period

3rd Dec 2019

5th Jun 2020

19th Jan 2020

Running time

2 hours (including interval)


Under 5s will not be admitted.