Review: Matthew Bourne's Red Shoes

March 05 2020
Review: Matthew Bourne's Red Shoes

It is a fairy tale first and foremost, based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson and later made into a film in 1948 with music by long-time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.

I went along to this ballet performance with a limited knowledge the story, but left entralled by what unravelled in ftont of me and a delighted audience at the Hippodrome.

It is a fairy tale first and foremost, based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson and later made into a film in 1948 with music by long-time Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.

This production by Matthew Bourne tells the story with the message being that nothing matters but Art - it is a religion almost and nothing, not even love, can get in the way - but of course it does. The show starts with the spotlight being shone on the captivating red ballet shoes - and then we are catapulted with a light and springy performance of all the cast members, mesmerising us with Bourne's choroography and the expected grace intertwined with some comedic moments! The elegant backdrop of the scenery cleverly twirls around with drapes and the use of neon lights absolutely stunning!

Now that I know the storyline, I wouldn’t hesitate to see this again and the portrayal of the main character, Victoria Page, by Cordelia Braithwaite, as the gril who wants to be the world's best dancer, was fantastic.

It made me desperately wish I’d never given up my ballet lessons.

Until March 7, Bristol Hippodrome. Tickets here


Sadie Cording