Presented by New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt, Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences world-wide since its premiere in 2005.
Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world.
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?
Presented by New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt
Devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne
New music and arrangements by Terry Davies
Based on themes from the original motion picture score composed by Danny Elfman
Based on the original motion picture by arrangement with 20th Century Studios
Original story and motion picture directed by Tim Burton
Original screenplay, story and co-adaptation by Caroline Thompson
Designed by Lez Brotherston
Lighting designed by Howard Harrison
Sound designed by Paul Groothuis
By Special Arrangement with Buena Vista Theatricals
History of the Show
World Premiere: 14 Nov 2005 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth
The original 2005–6 UK Tour began in Plymouth then played a Christmas season at London’s Sadler’s Wells (11 weeks), followed by seasons in Southampton, Salford, Norwich, Wimbledon, Cardiff, Birmingham, Woking, Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Wycombe, Bradford and Milton Keynes. The final show of the original company was 13 May 2006 after 401 performances.
In 2006–7 the company embarked on an extensive International Tour playing Seoul (2 weeks), Tokyo (3 weeks), San Francisco (5 weeks), Los Angeles, (3 weeks), Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St Louis (2 weeks), Brooklyn NY (3 weeks), Toronto, Saint Paul, Denver, Seattle (3 weeks)
2008–9 Revival: Sydney (3 weeks), Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne (2 weeks), Paris (4 weeks), Birmingham, Manchester, Wimbledon, Sadler’s Wells (7 weeks), Athens (2 weeks), Antwerp (final show 22 February 2009 after 585 performance). New Adventures became the first British dance company to play the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2009 with Edward Scissorhands.
The show returned for a major UK Tour in 2014/15, performing over 130 shows. The show opened in Plymouth in November 2014 before heading to Glasgow and Salford. The show then played a six week Christmas season at Sadler's Wells before heading to Woking, Nottingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Bradford and Southampton before wrapping up in Cardiff after 18 weeks on tour.
Edward Scissorhands returns to UK theatres for the first time in 9 years in November 2023.
Photos & Videos
Awards & Reviews
DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2007
Winner of Unique Theatrical Experience
Matthew Bourne nominated for Outstanding Choreography
Learn & Explore
Audio Described Performances and Touch Tour
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
The Lowry, Salford
Sadler's Wells, London
The Marlowe, Canterbury
Milton Keynes Theatre
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Wales Millennium Centre
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Norwich Theatre Royal
Hull New Theatre
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
King's Theatre, Glasgow
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Sensory Adapted Performance
Find out more about a Sensory Adapted Performance in this short video from Sadler's Wells.