Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
CHOREOGRAPHER/director Matthew Bourne's long-awaited adaptation
of Tim Burton's 1990 film, Edward Scissorhands
is scheduled for London's Sadler's Wells from November 30, 2005
(previews from November 22) to February 5, 2006, as part of a
In what is described as a gothic fairy tale, the boy Edward is
the creation of an eccentric inventor who, sadly, dies before
his work is complete. As a result, Edward is left to fend for
himself in a strange suburban world, with only scissors for hands.
Johnny Depp played the title role in the screen version, with
Winona Rider as his teenage love interest and daughter of the
Avon lady who, having befriended Edward, gives him a home.
Although probably best known as one
half of the renowned Adventures in Motion Pictures, whose highly-acclaimed
works include Cinderella, The Car Man and the multi award-winning
Swan Lake with its all-male swan chorus, Bourne has achieved
considerable freelance success, with musicals such as Mary
Poppins, South Pacific and My Fair Lady.
But with the setting up of his own company, New Adventures, in
August 2001, Bourne's work has taken a different direction.
Its first production Play Without Words which premiered
at the National Theatre in August 2003 and went on to win two
Olivier Awards, was loosely based on the 1963 film, The Servant
and other British new wave cinema releases of the decade, rather
than an AMP-style reworking of a classic ballet.
Edward Scissorhands builds on Bourne's fascination with
fantasy and film noir, both of which influenced his ealier ballets.
It will feature original music by Terry Davies, as well as themes
from the original motion picture soundtrack by Danny Elfman.
The part of Edward will be shared by two 23-year-olds, Sam Archer
and Richard Winsor who will be supported by a 30-strong dance
For the past two Christmases, the New Adventures' production
of The Nutcracker! has delighted audiences at Sadler's