Originally a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, The Red Shoes was made into a beloved Academy Award-winning film in 1948 and has beguiled and inspired audiences for decades. Now returning to the West End stage in a new adaptation by Matthew Bourne, New Adventures: The Red Shoes is the most hotly anticipated ballet of the season.
Based on the acclaimed film, New Adventures: The Red Shoes is set in the dramatic world of a touring dance troupe. Here, a young dancer’s boundless ambition to become the greatest dancer in the world leads to a desperate battle of obsession between the two men who inspire her most.
Bourne, the UK’s favourite choreographer, employs wit, imagination and an unflinchingly bold approach to bring The Red Shoes to the stage. Award-winning composer and conductor Terry Davies uses the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, famed for his work with directors Orson Wells and Alfred Hitchcock, to create a dazzling and brand new score. Performed by internationally renowned ballet company New Adventures and featuring glorious sets and costumes as well as live music performed by the New Adventures Orchestra, New Adventures: The Red Shoes tells a heart-rending story in exceptional style.
Playing at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre for a limited run, don’t delay in booking your tickets to this sensational new production.
Thoroughly enjoyable - music, dance and wonderful story-telling all together really memorable. The sets were clever too. Having seen the original film (lots of times!) I was keen to see the Matthew Bourne 'take' on this classic story. I was not disappointed. Thank you. I would have like to have bought a pair of the red ballet pumps that were dangling from the ceiling - were they for sale?
Absolutely stunning ballet. If this is Matthews 'Swan Song' he's gone out wth a bang! I love all his work - but everything about Red Shoes, from lighting, projections, costumes, choreography, the way the sets changed before your eyes, was just so ingenious. Not to mention the beautiful dancing. I absolutely loved it.
Enjoyed the red shoes but compared to last years sleeping beauty and two years ago Edward scissor hands, it just didn't have the wow factor for me.
Really enjoyed this version of The Red Shoes fantastic.
Amazing production in every way. Matthew Bourne is a genius. Staging, lighting, sound, orchestra perfect. Couldn't have enjoyed it more.
Dancing as expected brilliant Music haunting Staging inspired My daughter and I have been to many ballet/dance and theatre and it is up there with the best. I would recommend this to wonderful production to everyone
This has now become one of my favourite Matthew Bourne ballets - up there with Cinderella and Swan Lake. A wonderful blend of classical and contemporary dance peppered with elements of comedy and emotion as only Mr Bourne knows how to do. The set design was breath-taking and the music wonderful. An evening I'll remember for a long time.
I enjoyed every minute of The Red Shoes and would love to be able to see it again. Quirky and original - a magical evening!
We enjoyed the complete performance immensely. The imaginative sets and lighting effects were absolutely stunning and we were transformed into another world by the sensitive and brilliant performances by all the cast.The orchestra was faultless and I particularly enjoyed the use of the piano.
Great choreography, fab characters a wonderful stage version of a hard to forget film. Worth a visit.
he has excelled himself,the best of his shows so far,wonderful dancing,super costumes,colours,brilliant sets and very funny,sad and will see it again!! 10/10 not to missed. DOUG
I loved it as I always love Matthew Bournes productions for the colours, design, energy , and story telling. But alas the dancing was a bit sloppy however I would love to see it again. Not as good as Car man or swan lake.
Have never seen a better stage production
The performance was fabulous and we particularly loved the end of the first half and the storm scene, it was mesmerising. The beach scene was very funny and lifted the tension. All the dancers were fantastic. The music was wonderful and loved the conductors shoes at the end! Looking forward to cinderella already and sad for the productions I have missed over the years.
Amazing dancing and amazing sets - enjoyed it very much
The red shoes is a beautiful ballet infusing humour, tragedy, modern and classical dance into a seamless performance that held me captive throughout
Very nice evening dancers wonderful.
We were entertained and enthralled with the enthusiasm of the dancers, the superb choreography and were swept along with the response of the audience. We just loved it to bits.
I have been a lover of Matthew Bourne's ballets since Swan Lake which is my favourite by miles. Red Shoes is up there in my estimation. It is a joy to watch from beginning to end and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
A truly brilliant show! I loved the way they told the story and all the lovely costumes and sets.
Thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was faithful to the film version, but had a magical quality of its own. The dancers, music and sets were perfect. I would happily see it again.
By far the best yet of Matthew Bourne's productions, as far as I'm concerned. The staging, lighting, costumes, choreography, sets - everything - were just divine. It really did capture the essence of the film and reminded me of how scared I felt when I watched it on TV as a wee girl with my granny all those years ago. Loved it and would definitely see it again given the chance.
Lead dancer was exceptional
A glorious production and a wonderful show.
A glorious production and a wonderful show.
I think this is the best Matthew Bourne production yet. I had not seen the 1948 film but reading the programme set the scene. The choreography was amazing, very amusing in the First Act. You can see how well Matthew Bourne's company work together, the dance looks so collaborative. Bernard Herrman's music, originally written for films, was well chosen. Sets were just right. Excellent.
What a gorgeous ballet! Loved every moment of it, definitely recommend
Loved every minute a beautiful experience.
I have already written a review sent 2 days ago
Amazing performance! Highly recommended.
A most enjoyable production . Visually very attractive , an imaginative set , varied dance styles and striking costumes .
Excellent, what a performance, great acting superb dancing, and a great orchestra
Do go and see 'The Red Shoes', it is beautiful, well choreographed version of the classic film. It is interesting, emotional, innovative with humorous moments. Classic Matthew Bourne. A great way to spend two hours of your life.
An outstanding performance in every way Production, dancers design, lighting were just so good. I have seen most of Matthew Bourne's productions starting with Swan Lake and each one has been so good And what an interpretation of The Red Shoes - very moving
Wonderful choreography, staging, lighting, costumes , dancing. But WHY was the orchestra music amplified? I m afraid it was just too loud for us!first
This was a great ballet, i loved the whole thing especially the bits of humor, dancing was fantastic
Red shoes ballet was brilliant a mixture of humour and deeply moving sadness , beautiful dancing and costume . excellent stage set I loved it
Very good visually. Not sure how it worked as a narative
A beautiful production, imaginative and sensationally danced. Captivating from start to finish.
One of the best ballets I have ever seen to, classical with a modern twist.
I would only say that I think the website description and promotional material should state that this is best enjoyed by dance, in particular, ballet, aficionados. I found it difficult to follow the plot and was left feeling totally confused. The couple next to us were reduced to tears in places so clearly it was very much appreciated by them. Possibly I should have invested in a programme, however, I find the cost of these on top of the ticket price and train travel to London that bit more than I can afford. To sum up, yes go if you love ballet set to new music don't go if you are expecting a retelling of the fairytale through dance.
I took my two daughters and granddaughter to see the performance on Sunday 15th Jan at 2pm. Really enjoyed the performance by all. Great location and atmosphere, thank you
What a clever interpretation and portrayal of an inspirational film. The dramatic endings of both acts are very memorable. Set changes are excellent and add to enjoyment. music and action is very moving, my wife had a tear in her eye at the end.
Mathew Bourne never disappoints red shoes is my favourite so far and can't wait till next ballet in April Staging and music fantastic and dancers sublime It moved all my family to tears
I have loved the film since I first watched it as a child. I was intrigued how it would transferred to the stage. I wasn't disappointed- this production was stunning. The dancers were amazing, the music fantastic and the sets wonderful. I hope they do a longer run as I would love to see this again.
Stunning production and wonderful dancing. Could not ask for more!
loved, loved, loved the show
Such a joy - the entire production and cast members, everything! To me this surpassed the original film starring Moira Shearer. I'm still on a "high" 24 hours later.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
No refunds after purchase.
2 hours (including one 20 min interval)
How Does It Work
Please bring your ticket voucher on the day and collect tickets from the box office before the show.
When Can I Go
Tue - Sat at 7.30pm (Thu 15 Dec at 7pm, no eve perf 24, 31 Dec)
Sat Mats at 2.30pm
Sun Mats at 2pm (no mat perf 25 Dec or 1 Jan)
Sun at 7pm (no eve perf 25 Dec, 1 Jan or 29 Jan)
Mon at 7pm on 26 Dec
Tue Mat at 2.30pm on 27 Dec
Thu Mats at 2.30pm on 22 Dec, 29 Dec, 26 Jan
Fri Mat at 2.30pm on Fri 30 Dec
Where Do I Go
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R