Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

This is a review of my visit to see The Red Shoes at Norwich Theatre Royal in February 2017.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

This was an unforgettable show!

I was unsure as to how they would do the train scene at the end, and I must say that if you don't know the story or aren't expecting it, it will come as a shock. Something I noticed was that there was a lot more pointe work in this than previous Matthew Bourne productions that I've seen. A memorable part was the 'beach ball' scene! Because of the lifts, costumes, dance and set.

The story telling was great! A nice touch was a curtain in the middle that rotated to fit each scene that brought the whole show together. The whole show was extremely well choreographed.

There were some impressive sets: they used white screens for when Victoria did the performance of Red Shoes. In this scene, the other dancers were dressed in black and white. There was a lot of expression used to really tell the story.

At the end of the performance there was a Q&A with Sir Matthew Bourne. He talked about how he researched the show and filmed tiny little pieces of movement which he would then bring together to make the show.

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2 Comments

  • Sally Zabroski

    On 21 August 2017, 10:06 Sally Zabroski Team Member commented:

    Fantastic review Kezia - I am gutted I missed The Red Shoes, as I love Matthew Bourne productions. It sounds like another great piece, cleverly choreographed and beautifully created. And what a treat to have a Q&A with Sir Matthew at the end too!

  • Bhavesh Jadva

    On 22 August 2017, 20:35 Bhavesh Jadva Voice Team commented:

    Such a classic. Have you seen the film? It's hard to better!

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