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Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands set to tour again

New Adventures’ dance adaptation of the hit Tim Burton film tours the UK, starting in Plymouth this November

Dominic North as Edward Scissorhands in a previous tour.
Dominic North as Edward Scissorhands in a previous tour.
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Devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, New Adventures' Edward Scissorhands has been staged across the world since its premiere in 2005. Following performances in Europe, America and Australia this modern fairy tale returns to the UK in its first major revival this November.

Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy created by a lonely inventor, who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

Two New Adventures' stars share the title role: Dominic North and Liam Mower. North has played leading roles in most New Adventures productions, including Nutcracker!, The Car Man, Early Adventures and Swan Lake. He recently created the role of Leo in Sleeping Beauty and will soon appear as Ralph in Lord of the Flies, a role he created in 2011. He returns to Edward Scissorhands having made his debut in the role at the Sydney Opera House in 2007. He went on to be nominated for a National Dance Award as Outstanding Male Dancer for this performance.

Mower is the Olivier Award-winning original star of the West End hit Billy Elliot. This will be his fifth show for New Adventures, having most recently been seen as Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty and The Prince in Swan Lake. His other credits include Nutcracker! and Play Without Words.

Matthew Bourne said: "We are delighted to be bringing this magical production back for a new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers to enjoy."

Edward Scissorhands is devised, directed and choreographed by Bourne, with music and arrangements by Terry Davies, including themes from the motion picture by Danny Elfman. The show is based on the original motion picture by arrangement with 20th Century Fox, with original story and motion picture directed by Tim Burton, and original screenplay, story and co-adaptation by Caroline Thompson. The set and costumes are designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting design is by Howard Harrison and sound design is by Paul Groothuis.

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands visits Plymouth 10 – 15 November and the tour also stops at Glasgow, Salford, London, Woking, Nottingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Bradford, Southampton and Cardiff.