Extra Review: Edward Scissorhands

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The action may start on Halloween night — complete with comedic pumpkin — but Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands is pure Christmas magic.

Tim Burton’s gothic fairytale was first adapted and toured by New Adventures back in 2005, but it has taken until now for it to be revived — and it’s hard to say why.

Anyone familiar with the story will understand the ease with which it fits into the world of ballet; the realm of fairies and toys come to life is the perfect medium for telling a story about a boy with scissors for hands.

There are a wealth of opportunities for dream-world set designs — and let’s face it, Danny Elfman’s haunting score could cause pangs in the hardest of hearts.

The action opens on the death of a young boy named Edward — and one scientist’s quest to bring him back to life. Unfortunately, our brilliant inventor doesn’t get the chance to finish his gentle creation, and Edward is left with some rather pointed appendages.

Running to the idyllic streets of Hope Springs sets Edward on his way to life in suburbia — but will the gossiping townsfolk ever accept him, shears and all?

The real nightmare of small town living is captured well in 50s swing scenes, from the riotous Welcome Edward barbecue to the glitz and glam of Hope Springs’ Christmas party — not to mention glimpses of what the neighbours get up to behind closed doors.

Dominic North’s delivery of Edward on Wednesday’s opening night was spot on; elegantly built yet clumsy of foot, fragile and sensitive with an unwitting sharp edge.

A heartbreaking final act with Ashley Shaw as love interest Kim Boggs showed both dancers in their element, relishing the challenges which no doubt arise from scooping up your leading lady with scissor fingers.

Madeline Brennan shone as the motherly Peg Boggs, as did Tim Hodges as Edward’s swaggering rival Jim — and credit to the whole cast for remaining cool despite an unexpected intermission when technical problems got the better of the Glasgow stage.

The big question for anyone who caught the premiere nine years ago is: does Edward spread a little pre-Christmas cheer, making it snow once again at the Theatre Royal?

We’ll save that surprise for those heading along — regardless, Edward Scissorhands is a flight of fancy worth catching while it remains in Glasgow, not least to put you in an early festive spirit.

The show runs until Saturday at the Theatre Royal. Tickets are £10-£39.50 plus booking fees from 0844 871 7648 or atgtickets.com/glasgow.