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Edward Scissorhands to return for a UK tour and a festive season in London

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures production will launch at Theatre Royal Plymouth this November

A previous production of Edward Scissorhands
(© Johan Persson)

Edward Scissorhands will be back on UK stages this year!

Devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, the dance production is presented by New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt, by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatricals.

Bourne said: “I’ve always been attracted by ‘outsider’ stories in my work and Edward Scissorhands is the ultimate ‘outsider’ story. Its tale of how we treat people who we perceive as being ‘different’ in our communities has never been more timely, so I’m delighted to be bringing it back after an absence of nine years to theatres throughout the UK. What I particularly love about this modern-day fairy tale is that although it does have an important message to convey, and a bitingly satirical look at American society, it is also the most wonderful fun you could possibly have in a theatre! Add to that a touching love story, the magical music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, the spectacular lighting of Howard Harrison, the genius of Lez Brotherston’s witty designs… plus a mini ballet of dancing topiary people and you have an unbeatable and unique theatrical treat! I’m grateful, as ever, for the trust that Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Caroline Thompson had in New Adventures to grant permission for us to make our version of their now classic tale - the only company in the world to perform Edward Scissorhands as a live theatrical experience.” 

The show is based on the 20th Century Studios film, with original story and direction by Tim Burton, and a screenplay, story and co-adaptation by Caroline Thompson.

The piece features new music and arrangements by Terry Davies based on themes from the motion picture score composed by Danny Elfman, alongside set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting designed by Howard Harrison and sound designed by Paul Groothuis. Complete casting will be announced in due course.

The tour officially opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 20 November 2023 and runs through to 25 November. It will then head to The Lowry, Salford (28 November to 2 December) and spend the festive season (5 December to 20 January) at Sadler’s Wells in London.

The tour will then continue to The Marlowe, Canterbury (23 to 27 January) and Birmingham Hippodrome (6 to 10 February). Further stops through to May 2024 will be confirmed soon.

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