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Red Theatre   
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Iouri is the successor to Abalkin, a luxury brand of dazzlingly high heels. He spends his days parading in Abalkin heels to promote the brand, and the nights servicing patrons for the company's survival and growth. Through the years, he's had his secretary Adam by his side, but their relationship isn't as simple as it seems...

A dark, twisted, psychological story in true Ogawa Chise style!


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Associated Names
Aka no Teatoru
Aka no Theater
Aka no Theatre
Czerwony teatr (Polish)
Le talon aiguille rouges
Les talons aiguilles rouges (French)
Red Theater
Красный театр

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c.Epilogue by Whatever over 6 years ago
v.1 c.Extra by Whatever over 7 years ago
v.1 c.4 (end) by Chrima Scans over 7 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (167 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.06 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 1st 2022, 10:16am



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Enchantingly Dark, yet mesmerizingly alluring  
by Kin883
November 16th, 2023, 8:55am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Twisted, cruel (in my own context), sad and Dark, truly sensei’s style BUT with a happy ending.. I guess for me, the ending is satisfying! 🥰 the extra CP uncle x uncle, definitely something interesting!!!

Wishing both couples happily ever after!!!!
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Happy ending ?!  
by Fati1367
August 26th, 2022, 12:25pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
It's so sad , everything about it so sad , twisted and tragic. so the happy ending of them just spoiled whole story and so unfit, basically ruined the story for me.
+ I love extra more than main story fr, so good and they got chemistry unlike main couple, so hot I want moreee. bc of them I give it a high rating.

... Last updated on August 26th, 2022, 12:49pm
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The Red Shoes this time GAY and Toxic  
by Mmatriuska
November 1st, 2021, 12:49pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Great. Totally into this rendition of the The Red Shoes ballet, I totally love what artists do with this ballet's story because is such an exploration into characters obsession's and how far we are wiling to go.

... Last updated on November 16th, 2021, 6:15pm
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Loved it  
by Pio-Pio
April 26th, 2020, 9:59pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is so dark and so twisted (really, really twisted) but also sweet, it has everything I was looking for, was not disappointed 10/10 would recommend 👌💕
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I'm in awe  
by OmNom
July 18th, 2019, 9:22am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I don't know what it is that this mangaka inhales but she's capable of producing some of the trippiest shit and I can't seem to get enough of it. Unlike Harada's school of studying the human mind at its darkest and ugliest by exposing its rawest nature, Ogawa Chise takes a different approach to the same subject matter and transforms it into the most elusive and addictive drug. You always feel like you're in a trance when you're reading her stories; there's this sort of elegance emitting not just from her art that binds and grips at you, leaving your attention mercilessly at her beck and call - it's astonishing just how much power she holds over an audience. No matter how twisted and unpleasant the stuff she comes up with can be she always has a way to present it in the most enchanting and seductive manner; I'm honestly floored by how much talent she has.

And I still haven't moved on to the story this time, which I think is one of her strongest to date. Just what is love, what is attraction, how should one come to express them, and what is the appropriate way to preserve one's love? Do you shield your beloved from being touched by anyone but you, or should you protect their purity by never tainting them with your own hands? What do you do to prevent yourself from being driven to madness by love? Reject it, or embrace it? And how to deal with the inevitable ranges of intense emotions and desires that one will come to learn on the journey of love? Ignore them, or act upon them?
And that's just barely scratching the surface of the layers and layers of hidden meanings that were packed into this compact tankoubon. It filled me with many thought-provoking philosophisical questions, studded with complex characters, and the delivery is equally exquisite. How the crisp yet subtly suffocating tone of the manga was set, how each panel was framed with utmost care to composition and details, and of course the alluring art style itself which elevated the whole thing even further - all of them were superbly executed and of top notch quality.

Not everyone will be able to get this mangaka, and it's fine. Once she gets her twisted gears running her stuff diverts far from the common fluff easily digestible to the shallow-minded mass. I pity those that miss out on her genius; it's a very fulfilling and rewarding experience when you 'click' with an author and understand their line of thinking, and are able to pick up on the little details with deeper connotations that they want to convey. Red Theatre truly is a remarkable creation all around; do not pass up on this one if you're open-minded and ready to be blown away.
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one second  
by YanaseRyoko
June 10th, 2018, 12:05am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Oh dear god, I really love Ogawa Chise's work and the art style is unique and her plot with psychological problems makes it even better. But I can't deal with ukes like this, all the bloody time I was in "protect the child" mode on. I don't like when the uke degrades himself just for the sake of his beloved one, this was too much. He's so beautiful and fragile. I'm glad about his happy ending but would have been better if he ended up with somebody else.
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What the heck has just happened?  
by okigen
June 25th, 2017, 4:40am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Ok... So I wrote a positive review after reading chapter 1, saying that this is a really wierd story which may worth the read just for the sake of curiosity. Screw that.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So, we got a shoemaker who is the ghost designer behind a luxury brand, and the heir of that brand who is obsessed with his shoes. In order to expand the brand, the heir - whose face might be the most beautifully androgynous thing you've seen in recent memories - is pimped out to influential 'sponsors'. You get the idea.

My problem is that while all the twists and turns are played out to an insufferable level, it never gives much of a meaning for people to take the story seriously. The premise has so much potential. It can be a twisted tale about the price of fame. It can be a dark and meaningful commentary about lust and obsession. But instead, the characters' dynamics are inconsistent and their motives so questionable that really, in the end this is just 4 chapters full of meaningless porn with a happy ending coming out of nowhere. And the porn is not even enjoyable. Ironically enough, while the manga is supposed to be about passion to an extreme level, I don't feel the passion anywhere. Except, maybe the epilogue, where we have a happy ending that doesn't fit into the story flow at all.

5/10 - for the art. You may just read this for the male lead and the shoes.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2017, 4:44am
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Ogawa Chise I will always be your fan  
by kidoraku
April 23rd, 2017, 11:06am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Thank you for another one work that is far from what I already saw. I'm tired of average plotless stories with shitty art and dumb characters so thank you for bringing me joy. It's a wonderful manga made for rather older audience.
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Ch 4  
by 801crazed
February 1st, 2017, 3:40am
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
This is a twisted, dark and convoluted story. However, what happens in chapter 4 does not mesh with this at all. I think the author was rushed to end this quickly or something...

ETA: But, damn, that extra chapter was smokin! I hope there will be more to Mikhail and Carlos' story.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2017, 11:47pm
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On second thought....  
by liontaraki
October 7th, 2016, 4:42pm
Rating: N/A
Just when you think that Ogawa-sensei's work can't get any darker, here she is with another even more twisted story. A no-name Vietnamese shoemaker pursues his dream of creating popular high-heeled shoes. To achieve his dream he joins a luxury shoe brand and as the ghost designer, he pimps out their heir (who has a fragile mentality) to rich, influential old-men that help him promote the brand even more. Just because the shoemaker uses fancy words to describe his reasoning doesn't justify his actions or turn this story into a bubbly romance. Please note that in all smut scenes up to ch.2 the only guys who get to do it with the heir are far too ugly and lewd.

Update: I was very harsh with my previous critique BUUUUUT I read the ending and reconsidered... I loved how they left everything behind to achieve happiness together in the French countryside.
What I loved the most, though, was the last story about Yuriy's uncle and the only male lover he had in his life. Their story was short but impactful, the smut scenes were delicious (!!!!!!) and I wish Ogawa-sensei could make a whole volume just for these two. I can't put into words how happy this last chapter made me...

... Last updated on March 15th, 2017, 1:29pm
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