If, like MADEUP, you can barely make it through the promo video for this show without descending into floods of tears, then there’ll be nothing down for us when Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of Edward Scissorhands comes to town next year.
Bourne, whose company New Adventures has been a perennial visitor to the Empire in recent years with top-notch productions including Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty – all like you’ve never seen them before – first turned his hand to the Tim Burton modern classic fairytale in 2005; tickets have just gone on sale for Liverpool dates, as part of its first major UK revival, in January next year.
Really, just watch this and try not to sniffle a little bit:
Matthew Bourne said: “In 2005 I achieved a long-time ambition to bring Edward Scissorhands to the stage, and I am proud that New Adventures remains the only company globally to present this contemporary fairy tale classic. I remain supremely grateful to the original creators of the beloved movie, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, and Caroline Thompson for their continued trust, support and openness in allowing us to develop this wonderful cinematic classic for another medium. The enthusiastic reaction of audiences throughout the world seems to have justified that trust and we are delighted to be bringing this magical production back for a new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers to enjoy.”
The iconic title role will be played by two regular New Adventures stars, Dominic North and Liam Mower. Dominic has played leading roles in many of the company’s 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.
Liam 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, receiving rave reviews for his performance on the current UK tour. His other credits include Nutcracker! and Play Without Words.
Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring instantly recognisable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet story 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.
You can see it at the Empire from January 27, 2015.