A decade after the dance adaptation of Edward Scissorhands debuted on the London stage, the show is back in the capital in its first major UK revival.
Based on Tim Burton’s classic 90s film, it tells the 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.
Devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne - widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer/director - The New Adventures’ production has staged sell out performances across Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
Bourne 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. R
eya El-Salahi caught up with the Hackney-born choreographer to discuss performing arts, reality TV and why reluctant theatre-goers make the best audience.
Edward Scissorhands is at Sadler’s Wells Theatre until 11th January 2015.