Review: Edwards Scissorhands at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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Part love story, part morality tale, Edward Scissorhands is one of Tim Burton’s finest films but as a ballet touched with the magic wand of Matthew Bourne it is a visual masterpiece.

Bourne is well known for putting a twist on classic fables he did wonders with Swan Lake and he certainly has achieved likewise with this Gothic-toned story.

Dominic North (Edward) brings sweetness and charm and is an absolute cathartic joy to watch as the deformed, gentle boy who has razor sharp scissors for hands and is shunned by the community of American suburbia for being, in their eyes, a freak.

The story does lack pace and is awkward in parts, but the different style dance numbers are nothing short of theatrical brilliance, graceful, mesmerising and full of energy. The cast take full advantage of the vast stage.

The set is bright with pastel shades and dancing topiary people, while the costumes are stunning with a ’50s kitsch look.

This is a bewitching, clever production with some fascinating characters, even if you aren’t a huge fan of ballet you cannot fail to be captivated. Unmissable.

On until Saturday.