Passion & obsession. Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes comes to Milton Keynes Theatre

The Red Shoes. Images Johan Persson

Matthew Bourne’s love affair with classic movies continues with his New Adventures production of The Red Shoes, which comes to Milton Keynes Theatre next week at the start of its UK Tour.

Based on the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film – and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale – the production stars local girl, Leighton Buzzard dancer Cordelia Braithwaite, who will be seen in the lead role alternating with Ashley Shaw.

Victoria Page, the girl who dreams of being a great dancer, was immortalised on screen by Moira Shearer.

A beloved fairy-tale and Oscar-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.

Here Shaw and Braithwaite, both most recently seen across the UK and internationally as Aurora in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, will play the role, along with Sleeping Beauty favourite Katrina Lyndon in her principal role debut (at certain performances).

Sam Archer, who created the title role of Edward Scissorhands in 2005, and who has starred in Cinderella, The Car Man and Play Without Words, returns to the company to play the iconic role of Svengali­-like Impresario Boris Lermentov.

Leading man, Chris Trenfield, will also play Lermentov, as well as musical genius, Julian Kraster, the man who steals the heart of Victoria Page.

Sharing the role of Julian will be one of the dance company’s most popular stars, Dominic North, who was this year nominated for his second National Dance Award, along with rising name, Andrew Monaghan, who has already debuted leading roles in Swan Lake, The Car Man and Sleeping Beauty.

Completing the principal cast are Michela Meazza, Anjali Mehra, Liam Mower, Danny Reubens, Glenn Graham and Leon Moran.

The cast of leading dancers, and the creative team behind the Ballet Lermentov, are Steph Billers, Will Bozier, Jack Jones, Daisy May Kemp, Phil King, Dominic Lamb, Kate Lyons, Joe Walkling and Katie Webb.

Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites him with Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound), his regular collaborators and New Adventures associate artists, and the team that created the worldwide hit, Sleeping Beauty.

The Red Shoes will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre from February 14-18.

2017 UK Tour

Norwich Theatre Royal, 21-25 February
Nottingham Theatre Royal, 7-11 March
Cardiff Millennium Centre, 14-18 March
Southampton Mayflower, 21-25 March
Bradford Alhambra, 28 March-1 April
Bristol Hippodrome, 4-9 April
Wimbledon Theatre, 11-15 April
Canterbury Marlowe, 25-29 April
Newcastle Theatre Royal, 2-6 May
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 9-14 May
Leicester Curve, 16-20 May
Sheffield Lyceum, 30 May-3 June
Glasgow King’s, 6-10 June
Wycombe Swan, 13-17 June
Liverpool Empire, 27 June-1 July
Salford Lowry, 11-15 July
Birmingham Hippodrome, 19-22 July.

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