Film fan Matthew Bourne is set to stage his interpretation of The Red Shoes, a fairy tale about dance and obsession, that was a classic British movie of the 1940s starring Norma Shearer.
New Adventures, Bourne’s production company, will premiere the show at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November with an eight-week Christmas season, in London, at Sadler’s Wells. A national tour will follow.
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 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: “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.”
Matthew Bourne’s new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures associate artists, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).
The production is set to a new score arranged by another associate artist, Terry Davies, using the music of Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and
2016/7 Tour Dates
November 21-26, THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
November 29-December 3, THE LOWRY, MANCHESTER
December 6-January 29, SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE, LONDON
January 31-February 4, NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
February 7-11, THE HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
February 14-18, MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
February 21-25 THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH
March 7-11, THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM
March 14-18, WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
March 21-25, THE MAYFLOWER, SOUTHAMPTON
March 28-April 1, THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
April 4-9, BRISTOL HIPPODROME THEATRE
April 11-15, NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE.
FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED