Reviewed by Louise Edwards
This week the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield is host to The Red Shoes ballet, an interpretation by the brilliantly talented choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne.
The supernatural story, a Hans Christian Anderson original, tells of a girl, Victoria Page (played by Ashley Shaw) and her ambition/obsession to be the best dancer. Her ambition meets with tragic consequences that mirrors the life of the real dancer caught in a love triangle with the ballet impresario Boris Lermontov played by Sam Archer and composer Julian Craster, played by Chris Trenfield. All of the cast of the Ballet Lermontov throw their hearts into the performance to pull together a stunning spectacle.
The ballet is glamorous, dramatic, intense and powerful balanced with light hearted and fun intercepts. The audience are in rapture of the fast paced “show within a show” giving an insight into the “behind the scenes” lives of the creative genius’.
The costume design transports us back to the 1940s in this theatrical love story full of turmoil and angst. This, and the ever-moving set, by award winning theatre designer Lez Brotherson, capture the essence of the period perfectly.
The Red Shoes is a must for any fan of ballet, vintage cinema and incredible drama. Tickets are in high demand so get yours quickly to avoid disappointment.
The Lyceum Theatre is located in Sheffield city centre, a short walk from the train station. The nearest car park is Arundel Gate and you can get a discount voucher from the theatre to save on parking.
Tickets cost from £18 to £45 (booking fees may apply).
The Red Shoes is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 30 May to 3 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000