A modern (Gothic) fairytale

Photo by Bill Cooper.
Photo by Bill Cooper.

With Halloween and Bonfire Night over and (dare we say it) Christmas looming on the horizon, it may be time for a touch of the whimsical.

New Adventures are bringing it in shovelsful as the ballet company’s adaptation of Edward Scissorhands returns to the Glasgow stage in its first big revival since the 2005 premiere.

There’s no sign of Johnny Depp in this version of Tim Burton’s cult classic movie, but there’s plenty of choreographer Matthew Bourne’s signature style — and perhaps a touch of the seasons too (more on that later).

A modern fairytale, Edward Scissorhands tells a love story between a boy created by a lonely inventor and the all-American girl next door.

Left unfinished with only scissors for hands, the gentle Edward seeks acceptance in a strange suburban world — where prim and proper residents struggle to see past his unique physique.

It’s undoubtedly a touching tale, and all the more poignant when brought to life through the medium of dance — although audiences could also be forgiven for nervy reactions too when the gentle hero sweeps his true love off her feet using those formidable claws.

Taking the title role are New Adventures star Dominic North and newcomer Liam Mower. The role of Kim Boggs will be shared by Ashley Shaw and Katy Lowenhoff — both seasoned company stars — while associate artistic director Etta Murfitt returns to her original role as Peg Boggs (shared with Madelaine Brennan).

Director 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 fairytale classic.

“I remain supremely grateful to the creators of the beloved movie — Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Caroline Thompson — for their continued trust, support and openness.

“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.”

Ballet fans may remember the 2005 production, during which the company brought snow to the seats of the Theatre Royal — and while the word is out on inclement weather this time around, the production may be just as magical.

The production runs November 19-22 at the Theatre Royal. Tickets are £10-£39.50 plus booking fees from 0844 871 7648 or atgtickets.com/glasgow.