The production devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne will embark on a UK tour from the 20th November.

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New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt have confirmed that the production of Edward Scissorhands will be performed on stage once more for the first time since 2014, opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on the 20th November. Following its run in Plymouth, the production will then travel to The Lowry, Salford from Tuesday 28 November to Saturday 2 December, ahead of a seven-week Christmas Season at Sadler’s Wells, London from Tuesday 5 December 2023 to Saturday 20 January 2024.

The tour will continue in 2024 and will visit The Marlowe, Canterbury from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January and Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 February.  Full tour dates until May 2024 to be announced soon.

Based on the classic Tim Burton film, the production will also feature the music music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies.

In a castle high on a hill lives Edward; a boy created by an eccentric inventor. When his creator dies, he is left alone and unfinished with only scissors for hands until a kindly townswoman invites him to live with her suburban family. Can Edward find his place in the well-meaning community which struggles to see past his curious appearance to the innocence and gentleness within?

Talking about the news, Matthew 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 9 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!” 

The creative team behind the production also includes: set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting designed by Howard Harrison and sound designed by Paul Groothuis. The show is based on the original motion picture by arrangement with 20th Century Studios, with original story and motion picture directed by Tim Burton, and original screenplay, story and co-adaptation by Caroline Thompson.

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