New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt are delighted to announce that EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne will return to Sadler’s Wells for a six week season this Christmas from Tuesday 2 December 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015 (PRESS NIGHT WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER AT 7.30PM), as well as touring throughout the UK. 2014/2015 tour.
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 and Australia this spectacular modern fairy tale returns to the UK in its first major revival.
The iconic title role will be played by two popular New Adventures stars, DOMINIC NORTH and LIAM MOWER. Dominic has played leading roles in most New Adventures productions including Nutcracker!, The Car Man, Early Adventures and Swan Lake. He recently created the role of Leo in Sleeping Beauty and will soon appear as Ralph in Lord of the Flies, a role he created in 2011. He returns to Edward Scissorhands having made his debut in the role at the Sydney Opera House in 2007. He went on to be nominated for a National Dance Award as Outstanding Male Dancer for this performance. Liam Mower is the Olivier award-winning original star of the West End hit, Billy Elliot. This will be his fifth show for New Adventures having most recently been seen as Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty and The Prince in Swan Lake, receiving rave reviews for his performance on the current UK tour. His other credits include Nutcracker! and Play Without Words. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Matthew Bourne said “In 2005 I achieved a long-time ambition to bring Edward Scissorhands to the stage, and I am proud that New Adventures remains the only company globally to present this contemporary fairy tale classic. I remain supremely grateful to the original creators of the beloved movie, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, and Caroline Thompson for their continued trust, support and openness in allowing us to develop this wonderful cinematic classic for another medium. The enthusiastic reaction of audiences throughout the world seems to have justified that trust and we are delighted to be bringing this magical production back for a new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers to enjoy”
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. 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. Set and Costumes designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting designed by Howard Harrison and sound design by Paul Groothuis.
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 25 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.
Bourne has also choreographed several major revivals of classic musicals, including Cameron Mackintosh’s productions of Oliver! (1994 and 2009) and My Fair Lady (2002). In 2004 Bourne co-directed (with Richard Eyre) and choreographed (with Stephen Mear) the West End and Broadway hit, Mary Poppins. Matthew Bourne has twice been nominated as Best Director at the Olivier Awards and his achievements in choreography have been recognized with over 50 international awards including The Evening Standard Award, South Bank Show Award, Time Out Award and the Astaire Award for Dance on Broadway. In the 2001 New Years Honours, Matthew was awarded an OBE for Services to Dance from HM The Queen and in 2003 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hamburg Shakespeare Prize for the Arts. In 2010 he was the first recipient of The British Inspiration Award and this year received the De Valois Award at the National Dance Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Dance. Bourne is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, where New Adventures has been a Resident Company since 2006.
New Adventures is the UK’s most in demand contemporary Dance/Theatre touring company. Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director, Matthew Bourne, it has, over the last 25 years, changed the landscape of British dance with an award-winning repertory of works that have brought unprecedented new audiences to theatres throughout the UK and internationally. Matthew Bourne and his team of world-class collaborators have consistently produced some of the most successful dance productions ever staged. Since its formation in 2002, New Adventures has created an enviable repertory of acclaimed new works (Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray, Lord Of The Flies and Sleeping Beauty) as well as new productions of popular favourites from Matthew Bourne’s former company, Adventures In Motion Pictures (1987-2002) – Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, Highland Fling, The Car Man, Cinderella and the mixed programme Early Adventures. The Company regularly employs over 60 dancers annually, and they are widely recognised as the finest group of actor/dancers working in the UK today. New Adventures is proud to be a Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells in London where it regularly performs record-breaking extended seasons. The company annually undertakes extensive country-wide touring, appearing at more venues and giving more performances each year than any other UK dance company. British dance’s biggest export for over 10 years, New Adventures has performed seasons at the world’s most iconic venues (Sydney Opera House, New York City Center, The Chatalet in Paris, The Kennedy Center, Washington and The Moscow Arts Theatre) the most prestigious Festivals (Edinburgh, Ravenna and Chekhov International Festivals) and regularly tours to Japan, the USA, Australia, Europe and Russia. Mixing popular appeal with a groundbreaking and unique theatrical language, New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British Theatre. The Company has notched up a staggering ten Olivier nominations for its productions, has won the Manchester Evening News Dance Award five times and was given a Special TMA award for its commitment to national touring. 2012’s 25th Anniversary celebration saw the company performing six diverse works at 32 UK venues. This culminated in the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest hit production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty in October 2012. Sleeping Beauty recently completed a sell-out tour of the U.S.