Theatre Preview: Edward Scissorhands at Liverpool Empire


Michael Bourne’s wildly ambitious adaptation of Edward Scissorhands heads to the Liverpool Empire

Tim Burton’s gothic fairytale about being different has been brought to life in a fresh, new dance adaptation that is just that – different.

Told through theatrical magic of ballet, Michael Bourne’s bold, inventive and wildly ambitious adaptation of Edward Scissorhands heads to the Liverpool Empire this month as part of a UK wide tour.

Based on the classic Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands tells the bittersweet tale of a boy left alone and unfinished in a strange new world. Alienated for his appearance, this dark and touching love story is a modern day parable about the ultimate outsider in a world of conformity.

What makes Bourne’s adaptation so special is that he does exactly what Edward can’t – he breaks convention, defies conformity and is accepted by society. In fact, since its premiere in 2005, Bourne’s production has captured the hearts and imagination of theatre audiences worldwide with sell-out performances in Europe, America and Australia.

Dancers Dominic North (Swan Lake) and Liam Mower (Billy Elliot) share the captivating lead role, powered by Terry Davies and Danny Elfman’s full and luscious score. Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston’s superb set and costume design is equally brilliant, from Edward’s eerie hilltop castle to the miniature pastel-coloured villas of suburbia, all of which bring intensity and focus to the dark yet witty tale. The journey builds to an unforgettable finale that is poignant, tragic and filled with theatrical magic.

Sharp, creative and deliciously haunting, Bourne demolishes convention in this fresh and magical take of Burton’s cinematic classic. If it’s anything like his previous interpretations of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, this new production is sure to charm, captivate and delight.

Edward Scissorhands runs at the Liverpool Empire from 27 to 31 January 2015. Tickets are priced from £10 to £38.50.