Matthew Bourne’s “The Red Shoes” at the Ahmanson September 15-October 1.

The acclaimed Matthew Bourne / New Adventures production of “The Red Shoes.” Presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, the American premiere of “The Red Shoes” runs September 15 through October 1, 2017, with the opening on September 19.

A beloved Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, “The Red Shoes” tells the tragic tale of one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Dancers include Victoria Page as Victoria;  Sam Archer as the  Svengali-like impresario Boris Lermontov, and Dominic North in the role of Julian Craster.

Completing the principal cast are the leading dancers of the Lermontov Company with Michela Meazza, Anjali Mehra,  and Nicole Kabera.

Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film reunites him with Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

“The Red Shoes” is set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann.

Bourne has enjoyed a special relationship with Los Angeles audiences, and Center Theatre Group, in particular. In addition to “Swan Lake,” which had its American premiere at the Ahmanson in 1997, a total of eight other Bourne productions have been presented: “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Car Man,” “Play Without Words,” “Nutcracker!,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “My Fair Lady” and “Mary Poppins.”

Matthew Bourne is a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. He has been recognized by over 40 international awards and was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance in 2001.

Tickets for “The Red Shoes” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at or by visiting the Center Theatre Group Box Office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $30 – $130 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, 90012.