NEWS: Matthew Bourne premieres dance adaptation of The Red Shoes

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New Adventures are delighted to announce the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s production of THE RED SHOES, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Monday 21 November with an eight week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017. Press Night is Wednesday 14 December. Full tour schedule below.

A beloved fairy-tale 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.

Creating the coveted role of Victoria Page will be the Australian dancer and New Adventures Principal, Ashley Shaw. Ashley is currently wowing audiences around the UK and receiving rave reviews for her performance as Aurora in Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty”. She has been dancing with New Adventures since 2009 performing many of the Company’s leading female roles including “Nutcracker!”, ‘Lana’ in “The Car Man”, ‘Kim’ in “Edward Scissorhands” and the title role in “Cinderella”. This will be her first created role in a new production.

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. It has also long been an ambition of mine to bring the incomparable music of Bernard Herrmann to the stage. It has been fascinating to discover how much of this music lends itself to story-telling through dance and this production will, I believe, be the first full length ballet to celebrate his unique music.”

Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists and the team that brought you the world wide hit, “Sleeping Beauty”; Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

This World Premiere is 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), whose work ranges from the witty and playfully robust to the achingly romantic and bittersweet.

Tour schedule 

MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2016
PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH

TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016
THE LOWRY, MANCHESTER

TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2016 – SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2017
SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE, LONDON

TUESDAY 31 JANUARY – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING

TUESDAY 7 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017
THE HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM

TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES

TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH

TUESDAY 7 MARCH – SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM

TUESDAY 14 MARCH – SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

TUESDAY 21 MARCH – SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017
THE MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON

TUESDAY 28 MARCH – SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017
THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD

TUESDAY 4 APRIL – SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2017
THE HIPPODROME THEATRE, BRISTOL

TUESDAY 11 APRIL – SATURDAY 15 APRIL 2017
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, WIMBLEDON

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