Winner of two 2017 Olivier Awards including Best Theater Choreographer! The beloved fairy tale has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession, and one young woman's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
Winner of two 2017 Olivier Awards
including Best Entertainment and Best Theater Choreographer!
The Red Shoes
Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
Music by Bernard Herrmann
"Matthew Bourne works his magic… blissful!"--The Daily Telegraph (London)
A beloved fairy tale and an Academy Award–winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession, and one young woman's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambition becomes a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion: impresario Boris Lermontov who brings her fame, and composer Julian Craster who wins her heart.
Matthew Bourne, the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director (Swan Lake), brings his magical new adaptation filled with a stunning combination of 1940s swing, waltz, and ballet. His company New Adventures was last here in 2013 with the "vividly emotional" Sleeping Beauty (The Washington Post). Helmed by that production's same creative team, The Red Shoes now comes to D.C. direct from a critically acclaimed, sell-out London season--and set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Combining classic glamour with some of the most virtuosic dancing you've ever seen, this glorious drama tells a powerful, heartrending story to dazzle your senses.
Oct. 10: Free post-performance discussion