The Red Shoes Tickets

A beautiful take on a classic movie, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is magical. The 1948 movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger inspired generations and seduced the audience with its endearing fairytale. The movie took home multiple awards at the 21st Academy Awards and while we all thought it was the last we’d seen of it, Bourne has recreated the story for stage. Called a feast for the eyes, the stage version earned Matthew Bourne 2017 Olivier Award in the Best Theatre Choreographer category, along with the Best Entertainment honor. As the production sells out venues on its national tour, get your The Red Shoes tickets to be a part of the triumphant run.  

The Red Shoes Soar on the Wings of its Creative Team

Matthew Bourne along with the costume and set designer Lez Brotherston has worked their magic on numerous stage productions. Together they have created award-winning musicals like the Swan Lake, Cinderella, Play Without Words, The Car Man, Highland Fling and Mary Poppins, among others. Brotherston’s costumes are central to Bourne’s cutting-edge choreography. Their creative collaboration encompasses every facet of the story, set design and characters.

Paule Constable creates amazing lighting effects that not just drip with atmosphere but also enhance each and every act. Orchestrator Terry Davies has come up with new score arrangements using the incredible melodies of the acclaimed Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. By blending various sounds, Davies created music that’s romantic, seductive and at times even haunting.

All these factors make The Red Shoes a vivid stage adaptation and as Matthew Bourne stated, “It’s my love letter to the ballet world”.

Reasons To Buy The Red Shoes Tickets


In 1993, director Stanley Dolen brought his version of The Red Shoes to Broadway and the production shut down after only five shows. It was called one of the biggest disasters in Broadway history.


When Matthew Bourne decided to present the ballet there was a lot at stake – his reputation as one of the best ballet storytellers as well as his passion for dancing. But he delivered. Through a sumptuous adaptation, Bourne beautifully delivered an obsession – for art and for love.

Here’s why you must watch The Red Shoes when the tour makes a stop in your town. 

The Story – An aspiring ballerina Vicky Page is completely enchanted by the charismatic impresario Boris Lermontov. As a director of an innovative, itinerant ballet company, it’s Lermontov’s job to hunt for talent, and he’s really good at it. On one such stint as he sat unfazed by wannabe dancers, Vicky caught his attention. He invited both Vicky and a young composer Julian Craster to join his company and started nurturing their raw talents. They both flourished under his guidance, realizing their gifts. And slowly Julian and Vicky started to fall in love – an unforeseen situation by Boris that threatened his creative plans.

A complex story about artistic fulfillment and real love, Bourne’s vision brilliantly highlights Vicky’s dilemma – whether to choose love or dedication to her art.

Matthew Bourne’s Productions Improve With Age – The Red Shoes is a clear example. The ballet preserves the 40s’ setting of the movie with some minor additions to cater to the modern sensibilities. But the success of the production lies in Bourne and Brotherston’s approach. They didn’t try to reinvent the movie; in fact, tweaked it to present the story in theatrical terms. They heightened the fantasy of plot through theatre language and toned down the aesthetics to make it more relevant.

The Performances Perhaps in one aspect, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes even surpassed Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s efforts: The immediacy of flesh-and-blood ballet dancers performing right in front of your eyes.

Australian ballerina Ashley Shaw pulls off a nuanced performance. She effortlessly plays Vicky’s bold assurance and ambition. Sam Archer shines as Lermontov, presenting his controlling authority and obsession for the art. Both the performers ace the celebrated exchange in the movie which Bourne smartly retained in the stage version. When Lermontov asks “Why do you want to dance?”, Vicky retorts, “Why do you want to live?”.

The Red Shoes will open at the Ahmanson Theatre in September 2017, after which it will travel to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. After a six-date run at the Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, the ballet will raise its curtains at the New York City Center. The tour will take place from September till November 2017.

The Red Shoes Tickets Prices

The average price for The Red Shoes Tickets start from $77. The minimum get in price is $69 for The Red Shoes Tickets at the New York City Center MainStage, New York. For a detailed look at ticket prices and amazing discounts, visit our website.

Name City Date Average Ticket Price Get In Price
(Minimum Price)
The Red Shoes New York 5-Nov-17 $77 $69
The Red Shoes New York 5-Nov-17 $120 $100

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