Ledbury Intermediate Youth Theatre presents The Red Shoes at the Market Theatre on Wednesday March 20 at 7:30pm.

Ledbury Intermediate Youth Theatre puts a spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale of The Red Shoes in their modern adaptation.

Follow Karen’s journey as she becomes entangled in the allure of magical red shoes and pays the price for vanity and disobedience.

In the original fairy tale a peasant girl named Karen is adopted while still very young.

Karen is adopted by a rich old lady after her mother's death and, as such, grows up vain and spoiled. Before her adoption, Karen had a roughly-made pair of red shoes; after, she has her adoptive mother buy her a pair of red shoes fit for a princess.

Karen is so enamoured of her new shoes that she wears them to church, but the old lady tells her, "This is highly improper: you must only wear black shoes in church".

The following Sunday, Karen is unable to resist putting the red shoes on again.

As she is about to enter the church, she meets a mysterious old soldier with a red beard.

"Oh, what beautiful shoes for dancing," the soldier says. "Never come off when you dance," he tells the shoes, and he taps each of the shoes with his hand. After church, Karen cannot resist taking a few dance steps, and off she goes, as though the shoes controlled her, but she finally manages to stop them after a few minutes.

After her adoptive mother becomes ill and passes away, Karen doesn't attend her funeral, choosing to go to a dance instead. Once again, her shoes take control; this time, she is unable to stop dancing. An angel appears to her, bearing a sword, and condemns her to dance even after she dies, as a warning to vain children everywhere. Karen begs for mercy but the red shoes take her away before she hears the angel's reply.

Karen finds an executioner and asks him to chop off her feet. He does so; however, the shoes continue to dance, even with Karen's amputated feet inside them.