Review: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

Written by Lewis Mainwaring

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – 12th March 2015

Edward2014JP-07050Matthew Bourne‘s adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture is a choreographic masterpiece.

This touching love-story tells the bitter-sweet tale of a boy created with only scissors for hands, left alone in the world. Edward struggles to find his place in a strange new suburban world where the mostly well-meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within. This struggle is not shared by one girl who Edward falls in love with.

EdwardscissorhandsposterAfter global success with his inspired interpretations of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty,Cinderella and Nutcracker!, Bourne brings Burton’s classic (which saw Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder star as the two star crossed lovers) back to the stage in it’s first revival. This adaptation stays true to Burton’s vision whilst putting a Bourne spin on it.





edward2014jp-08061-editThe complete ensemble of cast and crew provide a specular show; through their use of set pieces, costumes, choreography, lighting and scoring – that immerses the audience into this world and keeps them captivated throughout.

 The attention to detail on the sets are remarkable both myself and Ben got to have a look around backstage and where enthralled.

Edward2014JP-05423-EditThe scoring for the show incorporates original music and arrangements by  Terry Davies and Danny Elfman‘s classic soundtrack from the original movie which go together perfectly.

The film is one of my all time favourites. This adaptation does not only encapsulate the best bits for Burton’s film but emphasises the emotional depth of the characters and themes at the heart of this piece.

5/5 – Highly Recommended -An emotional roller-coaster that will leave you breathless.

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