Bourne's Red Shoes cinema release rescheduled

Published: 20 August 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes Credit: Johan Persson
Adam Cooper as Boris Lermontov in The Red Shoes Credit: Johan Persson
Dominic North as Julian Craster and Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes Credit: Johan Persson

The postponed cinema release of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes has been rescheduled; it will be in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 30 September 2020.

Matthew Bourne said, “New Adventures may not be able to perform on stage this year, but I’m thrilled that the UK will be able to experience the magic of our award-winning production of The Red Shoes on the big screen. This show was in many ways a love letter to a life in the theatre for me and it seems particularly apt to be able to share it with you at this time. We are extremely proud of this film, which captures the excitement of live performance so powerfully and we trust it will bring a much-needed escape for our loyal audiences countrywide.”

The Red Shoes is a 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.

Set to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Duncan McLean. It was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Adam Cooper returns to New Adventures after more than 20 years to play impresario Boris Lermontov, Ashley Shaw reprises her role of Victoria Page having first created it for the 2016 season and Dominic North dances the role of struggling composer Julian Craster, with whom Victoria falls in love. The filmed cast also includes Michela Meazza as the Prima Ballerina of Ballet Lermontov Irina Boronskaya, Liam Mower as Premier Danseur Ivan Boleslawsky and Glenn Graham as the Ballet Master Grischa Ljubov.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and produced by Illuminations. It is being screened in cinemas worldwide by More2Screen.