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The Red Shoes: Premier Experience

Powell and Pressburger | SOLD OUT

Tue 28 Nov 2023


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Hosted at Exeter Cathedral


£5* (Under 25/Student) | £16* Standard | £37* Premier Experience


Doors 6.45pm | Talk 7pm | Film 8pm

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The Red Shoes: Premier Experience



Dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
1948 | 135 mins | UK | PG
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer


Tuesday 28 November | 6.45pm

Premier experience:

  • Doors: 6.45pm
  • Talk: 7pm
  • Intro + Screening: 8pm

The enchanting tale of The Red Shoes played out on the big screen in Exeter’s iconic Cathedral provides the ideal setting for an unforgettable experience.

The Premier Experience comes with gold-standard hospitality throughout the evening, and exclusive access to Exeter Cathedral’s magical Lady Chapel. Crafted to perfection, this luxury event guarantees a lasting impression on your guests and will set the festive spirits aglow.

Join Exeter Phoenix and experience the magic of the festive season like never before with an immersive screening of THE RED SHOES (1948) in Exeter’s the stunning gothic cathedral – enjoy a night of wonder and enchantment as we take you on a journey through one of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s most beloved films of all time.

The event will be immersive, bringing to life the passionate technicolour made so famous by cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Dancers will perform, fizz will sparkle and with a special introduction from Pamela Hutchinson, the leading expert of THE RED SHOES, this will make way for an unforgettable, technicolour experience.

When she is cast as the prima ballerina in a new work entitled ‘The Red Shoes’, eager young dancer Victoria Page is driven to breaking point and beyond by the charismatic but obsessive impresario Boris Lermontov. Powell and Pressburger, aided by Brian Easdale’s score and Jack Cardiff’s sumptuous Technicolor photography, create an atmospheric piece of cinema that is as sinister as it is magical.


Arrival Drinks

Reserved VIP seating

Pre-feature talk: In-conversation with Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter Cathedral’s stunning Lady Chapel

Canapés from seasonal food expert, Bel’s Kitchen

Live interactive performance from Chhaya Dance Company

Special introduction from leading Red Shoes authority, Pamela Hutchinson

Complimentary popcorn to enjoy with the film

About In Conversation with Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Before the screening join experts from Bill Douglas Cinema Museum who will unlace the Red shoes and unlock items, artefacts and untold stories from the museum’s collection. The talk will draw on archive, research and documents and will offer insight into the cast who defined this magical film that inspired so many. There will be a focus on international star Anton Warbrook and his striking performance as Lermontov in The Red Shoes as well as his relationship with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger.

The talk will last approximately 30 mins.

About Pamela Hutchinson 

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance critic, curator and film historian. She is the author of BFI Film Classics on The Red Shoes and Pandora’s Box. Her curation projects include seasons on Marlene Dietrich and Asta Nielsen for BFI Southbank. She edits the Weekly Film Bulletin and she is a columnist for Sight and Sound, writes for The Guardian and her website,, is devoted to silent cinema.

Pamela’s new study of The Red Shoes delves into the influences and creative energy behind this fascinating film: from the unique dynamic between filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to their many artistic collaborators and the mid-century rebirth of English ballet. Pamela Hutchinson explores what makes the story of ballerina Vicky Page, her composer lover and the forbidding impresario who engineers her overnight success so fascinating, and even dangerous, as well as an inspiration to generations of young people.

About Chhaya Youth

Chhaya Youth Dance Company was established in 2015 and provides an excellent opportunity for young dancers, aged 12 to 21 years, to develop their technical, creative and performance skills. The company strives to offer dancers an insight into the multidisciplinary, intercultural and diverse ways of working as a professional dance artist. The classes are primarily contemporary based, but weave influences from Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu, African Forms, Social dances and Contact Partnering. Chhaya Youth are regularly involved in film projects, live performances, site specific performance, curtain raisers for visiting professional companies and workshops from renowned artists. Chhaya Youth Dance Company runs weekly classes at Exeter Phoenix on Monday’s and Exmouth Community College on Tuesday’s (5.00- 6.30pm).

This screening is supported by BFI and is part of a nationwide season celebrating the ground breaking filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.



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