Adam Cooper and Ashley Shaw will star in the return of Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier award-winning production of The Red Shoes for New Adventures. The tour opens on 18 November at Theatre Royal Plymouth and runs until 23 November, before visiting The Lowry, Salford, from 26 November to 30 November; ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at London’s Sadler’s Wells from 3 December to 19 January 2020.
Also confirmed to revive their acclaimed created roles from the original cast are Dominic North as Julian, Liam Mower as Ivan, Michela Meazza as Irina, Glenn Graham as Grischa and Cordelia Braithwaite who also plays Victoria Page. Full casting to be announced soon. The Red Shoes will tour throughout 2020 with further tour dates to be announced.
Matthew Bourne said: “The return of Adam Cooper after 20 years is a major event in New Adventures history. Through his iconic role as The Swan, Adam is still an inspirational figure for many of my dancers so I am delighted that the current generation of company stars will get the chance to work alongside him in The Red Shoes.
“Adam and I have talked many times over the years about working together again so I am utterly thrilled to have finally managed to persuade him to come home to his New Adventures family in the perfect role of Boris Lermontov, another iconic role that I’m sure he will make all his own”
Dancer, actor and choreographer Adam Cooper returns to New Adventures after more than 20 years to play the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario Boris Lermontov, and one of New Adventures’ much-loved stars, Ashley Shaw, returns to the role of Victoria Page, having first created it for the 2016 world premiere season.
This will be the third time Cooper has collaborated with Bourne. He first worked with Matthew in 1995 to create the iconic role of ‘The Swan’ in Swan Lake. He played the role in London, New York, LA and Japan, for which he won a Time Out Award, Evening Standard Award, Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer and a received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Cooper returned to work with Bourne a second time in 1997, creating the role of The Pilot in Cinderella in London and LA. He also famously portrayed ‘grown up Billy’ dancing as ‘The Swan’ in the 2000 film Billy Elliot. Cooper’s many theatre credits include Singin’ in the Rain, On Your Toes and Guys and Dolls.
Shaw has most recently performed in the title role of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella in the UK, China, Japan and America. For her role as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes she won the Hospital Club 100 award for Theatre and Performance 2017 and the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance 2017. Her other credits for New Adventures include: Aurora in Sleeping Beauty; Lana in The Car Man; Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands and Princess Sugar in Nutcracker.
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 design from Duncan McLean.