Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands Ends Run in L.A.; Tour Comes East

News   Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands Ends Run in L.A.; Tour Comes East
Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands ends its Los Angeles run at the Ahmanson Theatre Dec. 31 as the national tour of the screen-to-stage adaptation heads east.

The work from the Tony Award-winning director-choreographer of Swan Lake debuted in London and came stateside for a San Francisco debut (starting Nov. 11) and L.A. run (from Dec. 12). The next stop is Charlotte, North Carolina's Belk Theater, starting Jan. 4.

The original London company — which also toured the U.K. and Japan — reunites for the U.S. tour. Reprising the title role are Sam Archer and Richard Winsor at alternating performances. Scott Ambler, Kerry Biggin and Madelaine Brennan are also featured in the cast.

Edward Scissorhands follows the story of a young man — created by an inventor who dies before finishing his work — who has scissors instead of hands. When a determined Avon lady discovers him in his castle, she attempts to bring him into her home. Before long, the community becomes involved, and Edward's hands become more trouble than they are cut out for.

Billed as a "touching and witty gothic fairytale," the show hopes to be "a treat for the whole family." Terry Davies, who worked with Bourne on Play Without Words and The Car Man, composed music adapted from Danny Elfman's haunting film score to accompany the Caroline Thompson screenplay. The 1990 Tim Burton film featured Johnny Depp, Dianne Wiest, Winona Ryder and Alan Arkin.

"Obviously, the first thing is to think theatrically about it rather than cinematically," Bourne previously explained to (Feb. 2006) about the first hurdle to overcome in adapting the film for the dance theatre piece. "You've got to find a theatrical language for it, theatrical ideas for it and then, of course, dance ideas as well. Was that possible? Could we find enough ways to make it work on stage? "I think it's finding those parallels, but also [creating] surprises for people who do know the film, so that it's not just an experience where they sort of know what they're going to get. And telling a story to people who have not seen the film or don't have any knowledge of the film." (For more from Bourne, read's Brief Encounter.)

The ensemble also features Ross Carpenter, Gareth Charlton, Andrew Corbett, Gavin Eden, Adam Galbraith, Sophia Dominique Hurdley, Steve Kirkham, Dena Lague, Rachel Lancaster, James Leece, Matthew Malthouse, Drew McOnie, Michela Meazza, Ebony Molina, Rachel Morrow, Etta Murfitt, Luke Murphy, Gemma Payne, Jake Samuels, Mikah Smillie, Mami Tomotani, Hannah Vassallo, Shaun Walters, Shelby Williams, Philip Willingham and Chloe Wilkinson.

The design team includes Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Howard Harrison (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).

Tour dates (subject to change) include:

  • Los Angeles, CA - Ahmanson (Dec. 12-31)
  • Charlotte, NC - Belk Theater (Jan 4-10)
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center (Jan. 12-14)
  • Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center (Jan 16-21)
  • Washington, D.C. - Opera House (Feb. 13-18)
  • St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre (Feb. 27- March 11)
  • New York, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music (March 14-31)
  • Toronto, ON - Hummingbird Centre (April 3-7)
  • St. Paul, MN - Ordway Center (April 10-15)
  • Denver, CO - Buell Theatre (April 18-22)
  • Seattle, WA - 5th Avenue Theatre (April 25-May 13) The tour is produced by New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt. Consult the website for complete listings.

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