Tuesday 19 May - 7.00pm

Matthew Bourne’s

the red shoes

Filmed Live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in January 2020

Matthew Bourne’s ‘gorgeous take on the film classic’ (★★★★ The Times) comes to the Merlin for the first time.

Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an ‘utterly enthralling’ (★★★★★ Daily Express) 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.

Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the production is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with stunning designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Duncan McLean. 

Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas and theatres, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes stars Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page, Adam Cooper as Boris Lermontov and Dominic North as Julian Craster.

This ‘cinematic masterpiece re-Bourne on stage’ (★★★★ Evening Standard) will dazzle your senses and break your heart.



Adam Cooper – BORIS LERMONTOV, Ballet Impresario
Ashley Shaw – VICTORIA PAGE, A Rising Star
Dominic North – JULIAN CRASTER, A Struggling Composer
Michela Meazza – IRINA BORONSKAYA, Prima Ballerina
Liam Mower – VAN BOLESLAWSKY, Premier Danseur
Glenn Graham – GRISCHA LJUBOV, Ballet Master, Choreographer and Character Artist


Directed & Choreographed by Matthew Bourne
Set & Costume Design – Lez Brotherston
Lighting Design – Paule Constable
Sound Design – Paul Groothuis
Projection Design – Duncan McLean
Orchestrations by Terry Davies

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Tickets: Adults £16, Concessions £10.50
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Recommended: 15+

Running time: 97 mins


‘Utterly enthralling’
Daily Express

‘Sumptuous. Beautifully told, and full of vivid incident’

‘A gorgeous take on a film classic’
The Times

‘A cinematic masterpiece re-Bourne on stage’
Evening Standard

‘Simply magical’

‘Enthralling. Richly satisfying’
The Guardian

‘Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful’
The Daily Telegraph