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Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes announces new cinema release date

The critically lauded show will arrive from the end of September

Ashley Shaw in The Red Shoes
© Johan Persson

A new cinematic release date for Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes has been revealed.

Utilising some of the most distinctive scores from the last century, penned by Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the piece is based on the 1948 film of the same name. It follows a tragic romance between a conductor and an aspiring dancer.

Originally meant to be presented on the silver screen earlier this year, the hit production from the award-winning director and choreographer will appear in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 30 September. The show was recorded live at Sadler's Wells in London.

The screening will feature performances by Adam Cooper, Ashley Shaw, Dominic North, Michela Meazza, Liam Mower and Glenn Graham. The piece 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.

The newest revival of the production received a glowing review from WhatsOnStage, being described as "a real treat."

Bourne said today: "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 company recorded a 12-minute version of the show recorded in lockdown – you can watch it here.