Reviewed by Emily Crombie
The King’s Theatre in Glasgow was last night (6 June 2017) graced with the 184th performance of The Red Shoes where it runs until Saturday the 10th June. In the principal roles were Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page, Sam Asher as Boris Lermontov and Dominic North as Julian Cranster.
Based on the fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen The Red Shoes was made into a film in 1948 before Michael Bourne choregraphed and directed this current production as a ballet which premiered in 2016.
The full house was swept away on Victoria Page’s journey of reaching her dream of taking the principal role in the ballet.
The unknown Victoria was noticed by Ballet Impresario Boris Lermontov and she begins to dance with his ballet in Monte Carlo taking the lead role in The Red Shoes. Page falls in love with composer Julian Cranster but Lermontov also develops feeling for Page forcing her to decide between the two. She chooses to follow Cranster to London and takes a job dancing in a music hall. The opportunity to return to the ballet and her conflicting emotions and inner turmoil lead to her being killed by a train.
The emotion the cast portray through dance is quite stunning and there was utter silence from the enthralled audience.
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is a clever blend of ballet as well as other styles of dance and humour. The fabulous costumes and cleverly detailed scenery add to the glamour of the 1940’s.
The King’s Theatre is located in Bath Street in the city centre of Glasgow. It is easily accessible by both public transport and car with on street parking in the vicinity. The theatre is traditional but perfectly comfortable. We were seated in the Grand Circle and has a super view. The staff were courteous and helpful.
Tickets cost from £19.40 to £55.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 6-10 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648