A cutting-edge fairy tale will be brought to life through captivating dance when Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands returns to Milton Keynes Theatre this month.
Fans of dance, theatre and film simply must experience this slice of cleverly choreographed entertainment that tells the touching tale of Edward, a lonely boy with a full set of paper-cutters at the end of each arm. When he is invited to stay with a kind family in the town of Hope Springs, Edward is the ultimate outsider in a strange suburban world. Will the community be able to see past his appearance and accept him as the gentle soul he truly is?
Sir Matthew Bourne’s distinctive dance–theatre style blends assorted dance genres (he works with dancers who have a mixture of contemporary, musical theatre and ballet training) and is ultimately inspired by a desire to tell relevant stories. This gives his productions a widespread appeal. Indeed, the narrative themes of individuality, young love, bullying and being an outsider that are sewn throughout Edward Scissorhands are universal.
The whimsical production, which is based on Tim Burton’s 1990 film, has carved a place in the hearts of audience members worldwide since its premiere in 2005. Theatregoers in Milton Keynes fell in love with the show when Bourne’s New Adventures company presented it here in 2015. The popular choreographer ensured a talented troupe of dancers delighted us with his trademark razor-sharp wit, clear-cut characterisation and magical storytelling.
This revival will arrive fresh from charming audiences at Sadler’s Wells over the Christmas season. It is sure to be a shear spectacle on tour too.
Edward Scissorhands was devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. It is performed to music and arrangements by Terry Davies, which incorporate themes from the film score composed by Danny Elfman. Bourne’s creative team also includes Lez Brotherston (set and costume designer), Howard Harrison (lighting designer) and Paul Groothuis (sound designer).
The title role will be played by Liam Mower and Stephen Murray. Liam is reprising the role after performing it the last time the production toured, in 2014/2015, while Stephen is making his Edward debut this season. The role of Edward’s sweetheart, Kim Boggs, will be played by Katrina Lyndon and Ashley Shaw. Katrina is making her Kim debut this season and Ashley is reprising the role after performing it in 2014/2015. All four dancers were last seen in the 2022/2023 tour of Sleeping Beauty.
Kim’s mother, Peg Boggs, will be played by Kerry Biggin, Sophia Hurdley, Etta Murfitt and Mami Tomotani. Kim’s father, Bill Boggs, will be played by Glenn Graham and Dominic North.
Dancers in other featured roles include Benjamin Barlow Bazeley and Ben Brown (as Jim Upton, Kim’s all-American jock boyfriend), Stephanie Billers, Nicola Kabera and Ashley Shaw (as Joyce Monroe, Peg’s friend) and James Lovell, Luke Murphy and Reece Causton (as George Monroe, Joyce’s downtrodden husband).
Completing the Edward Scissorhands company, as the residents of Hope Springs, are Andrew Ashton, Jade Copas, Jamie Duncan-Campbell, Anna Maria de Freitas, Perreira de Jesus Franque, Molly Shaw-Downie, Megan Ferguson, Savannah Ffrench, Christina Rebecca Gibbs, Aristide Lyons, Xholindi Muçi, Barnaby Quarendon, Edwin Ray, Holly Saw, Nikolas Shikkis, Xavier Andriambolanoro Sotiya (this year’s New Adventures Emerging Artist) and Carrie Willis.
Tickets are selling fast. Chop chop!
Running time: Approximately 1 hour 55 minutes, including an interval.
*Production photography by Johan Persson.
This preview is also featured on Total MK.
Update 31 January 2024: Read my review of Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Georgina Butler is an editor, a dance writer and a ballet teacher.