Bourne ballet is a cut above the rest

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS,              , Original Story �' Tim Burton, Director and Choreographer �' Mathew Bourne,  Designer �' Lez Brotherston, Lighting �' Howard Harrison, New Adventures, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK, Credit: Johan Persson/

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, , Original Story �' Tim Burton, Director and Choreographer �' Mathew Bourne, Designer �' Lez Brotherston, Lighting �' Howard Harrison, New Adventures, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK, Credit: Johan Persson/

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Ballet fans are in for a real treat when the touring production of Edward Scissorhands arrives for a stay at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

Devised, directed and choreographed by the world-renowned Matthew Bourne, it will be at the venue from Tuesday, January 20 to Saturday, January 24.

New Adventures’ magical production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere in 2005. After sell out performances in Europe, America, Asia and Australia this spectacular modern fairy tale returns to the UK in its first major revival.

The title role will be played by popular New Adventures star Dominic North, who will be returning to the role than won him a National Dance Award nomination as Best Male Dancer in 2009.

Making his debut as Edward this season will be New Adventures’ rising star Liam Mower. Liam was recently seen in Billy Elliot Live, when he returned to the show that made his name to play Older Billy.

This will be Liam’s fifth show with New Adventures, having recently played The Prince in Swan Lake and Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty.

Playing Edward’s sweetheart, Kim Boggs, will be Ashley Shaw and Katy Lowenhoff. Another New Adventures rising star, Ashley has played the principal roles of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sugar in Nutcracker! and the title role in Cinderella (all for New Adventures). Katy has become a popular New Adventures performer through her performances as Clara in Nutcracker! and her created role as Hibernia in Sleeping Beauty.

Returning to the production in her original role as Peg Boggs will be New Adventures star, and associate artistic director Etta Murfitt.

She will be joined by audience favourite Madelaine Brennan, another original cast member who will also play Peg Boggs, Joyce Monroe and her created role, Tiffany Covitt. A New Adventures star for more than 20 years, Saranne Curtin makes a very welcome return to the company to play the role of Joyce Monroe.

Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring the beautiful and unforgettable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet story of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished.

Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

Edward Scissorhands is devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music and arrangements by Terry Davies including themes from the motion picture by Danny Elfman.

The production is based on the original motion picture by arrangement with 20th Century Fox, original story and motion picture directed by Tim Burton, original screenplay, story and co-adaptation by Caroline Thompson.

Matthew Bourne is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer/ director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production (Swan Lake), a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won Tony Awards for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne has been the artistic director of New Adventures (formally Adventures in Motion Pictures) since 1987. During those 28 years, he has created new audiences for dance with groundbreaking work both at home and internationally, including Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray and Sleeping Beauty.

Tickets to see Edward Scissorhands at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal are £39.50 - £17 plus concessions.

They are available at www.trch.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0115 989 5555.

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