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Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells

First Published 11 December 2014, Last Updated 30 May 2018

What’s it all about?

Almost 10 years ago Tim Burton’s classic 1990 film about a boy with scissors for hands received a spectacular dance makeover at the hands of legendary choreographer Matthew Bourne.

This Christmas, the dark and fantastical production is back, bringing with it the tale of an artificial being left unfinished when his father dies in the midst of his creating his hands. Alone and frightened, he strolls into a suburban town where he is taken in by the Boggs family. Gradually he begins to put his unusual appendages to use – gardening, cooking, hairdressing, even scissor-swallowing – then he falls in love with Kim Boggs, but will she and those around her be able to overcome their fear of his appearance?

Who’s in it?

Dominic North, who has extensive experience with Bourne’s company New Adventures having appeared in productions including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker! and Lord Of The Flies, takes on the title role, endowing the lonely and intimidated man with just the right amount of innocence, shyness and humour.

He shines like his character’s light-reflecting digits, there’s no doubt about that, but this production is fundamentally an ensemble piece with a flawless cast of performers who evoke everything from moving cars to swimming pool parties throughout the course of the two-hour show.

What should I look out for?

Topiary-inspired costumes and dancing greenery in a dreamy sequence that is just one of the visually spectacular moments in a production brimming with striking costumes and sets.

In a nutshell?

Actions speak louder than words when it comes to Matthew Bourne’s choreography in this enchanting take on Tim Burton’s dark fantasy.

What’s being said on Twitter?

@sir__robin Wept like a child for the last twenty minutes of @New_Adventures’ Edward Scissorhands. Pure joy. @Sadlers_Wells #ballet

@63Sjhub Edward Scissorhands was even more magical than when I saw it first time ..”.just perfection @Mattbourne1 @Sadlers_Wells

Will I like it?

Burton’s cinematic tale is one that is much-loved by millions, and Bourne’s stage adaptation continues to build an equally loyal following. A perfect treat for families this festive season – this really is a show that all ages can enjoy – it will be smiles all round in the Sadler’s Wells auditorium over the coming weeks. And that’s before that all-important sprinkling of festive white stuff during the curtain call.

Edward Scissorhands is playing at Sadler’s Wells until 11 January. You can book tickets through us here.


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