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Edward Scissorhands

Matthew Bourne's delightful adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture is a treat for all the family.

Featuring the beautiful and unmistakable soundtrack by Danny Elfman, this touching and witty gothic fairytale tells the story of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies, leaving him alone and unfinished. 

Sheer family entertainment!

about production

Edward Scissorhands is the touching and witty gothic fairytale of a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well-meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

Matthew Bourne’s production won critical and public acclaim when it first opened in London on 30th November 2005. It broke all box office records at Sadler’s Wells taking in excess of £2.8 million and playing to 92,500 people, prior to a UK, US and Far East tour. Whilst on its American tour it won the Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience”.  In the UK it also won “Best New Dance Production” at The Manchester Evening News Awards and was nominated for a South Bank Show Award.

Original music for the production was composed by Terry Davies. He has also adapted musical themes from the motion picture composed by Danny Elfman. Elfman is one of Hollywood’s most unique and best-loved composers. Recognised worldwide for his music for The Simpsons, he has also recently written the theme music to the TV cult hit Desperate Housewives. Terry Davies’ previous successes with Bourne have included the multi award-wining shows Play Without Words and The Car Man.

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reviews

The Scotsman
"Truly magical...this is a show for lovers of dance, musicals, film and everything in between..."
The Times
"Bourne has reinvented Edward Scissorhands. Using his acute directorial skills and the incredible design flair of Lez Brotherston, Bourne has fashioned a tender and funny dance play about the ultimate outcast."
The Guardian
"From the beginning the Matthew Bourne - Tim Burton chemistry is fizzing...a cracking piece of theatre!"
Lewis Seagal, LA Times
"Charming, inventive... Bourne's most endearing creation."