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Full casting and full tour dates announced for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Adam Cooper 'Boris Lermont and Ashley Shaw 'Victoria Page'. Photo credit: Johan Persson.

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NEW Adventures has announced the full cast for the return of Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier Award-winning, smash hit production of The Red Shoes.

The tour opens on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Theatre Royal Plymouth and runs until Saturday, November 23, ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells (Tuesday, December 3 to Sunday, January 19, 2020). The tour continues until June 2020.

Matthew Bourne said: “I’m proud that for nearly 20 years, New Adventures has built an unprecedented audience for dance throughout the UK, and for this national tour of The Red Shoes we will play over 200 performances across 21 leading regional large-scale theatres, more than any other UK dance company. We have an audience who are fiercely loyal, questioning and open-minded, as has been shown on the current tour of our radical reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet. As ever, I am grateful for their trust and enthusiastic support.

“I’m thrilled that for the first revival of our 2016 hit, The Red Shoes, most of the original leading cast will be returning including Ashley Shaw in her multi award-winning performance as Victoria Page. Along with several New Adventures rising stars, who will be performing in the production for the first time, I’m particularly excited to be re-united with my original Swan, the wonderful Adam Cooper, who joins us for the first time in twenty years.”

The full cast is:

Boris Lermontov – Adam Cooper (until January 19, 2020), Glenn Graham, Reece Causton (from February 2020), Ben Brown (from February 2020) and Andrew Monaghan (from March 2020)

Victoria Page – Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaites

Julian Craster – Dominic North, Stephen Murray (until end of February 2020), Harrison Dowzell (until end of February 2020) and Andrew Monaghan (from February 17, 2020)

Irina Boronskaja – Michela Meazza (until February 8, 2020), Sophia Hurdley and Katie Webb (from February 17, 2020)

Ivan Boleslawsky – Liam Mower and Jackson Fisch

Grischa Ljubov – Glenn Graham, Liam Mower and Danny Reubens

They are joined by Steph Billers, João Carolino, Cameron Flynn, Christina Rebecca Gibbs, Rose Goddard, Bryony Harrison, Daisy May Kemp, Kate Lyons, Matt Petty, Catrin Thomas, Jem Trim and Joshua White.

A sell-out before its world premiere season opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns in 2019, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA.

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.

The tour opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth (November 18 – 23) before continuing to The Lowry, Salford (November 26 – 30), Sadler’s Wells (December 3 – January 19, 2020), Milton Keynes Theatre (January 28 – February 1), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (February 4 – 8), The Hippodrome, Birmingham (February 11 – 15), Theatre Royal, Norwich (February 18 – 22), Liverpool Empire (February 25 – 29), The Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol (March 3 – 7), New Wimbledon Theatre (March 10 – 14), The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (March 17 – 21), The Mayflower, Southampton (March 24 – 28), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (March 31 – April 4), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (April 7 – 11), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (April 14 – 18), Theatre Royal, Newcastle (April 21 – May 2), Hull New Theatre (May 5 – 9), Glasgow Kings Theatre (May 12 – 16), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (May 19 – 23), Sheffield Lyceum (May 26 – 30) and Wycombe Swan (June 2 – 6).

Read more about The Red Shoes.

Image: Adam Cooper ‘Boris Lermont and Ashley Shaw ‘Victoria Page’. Photo credit: Johan Persson.