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Matthew Bourne brings Edward Scissorhands ballet to Liverpool Empire

Ballet based on the Tim Burton classic starring Johnny Depp comes to the Liverpool Empire in January 2015

Matthew Bourne brings Edward Scissorhands to Liverpool (Picture credit: Hugo Glendinning)

CHOREOGRAPHER Matthew Bourne is set to bring his ballet version of Edward Scissorhands to the Liverpool Empire.

The New Adventures production will run from January 27 - 31 next year, and the leading role will be shared between dancers Dominic North and Liam Mower.

The story, described as a spectacular modern fairytale, is based on the Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp.

It first premiered in 2005, and following sell-out performances in Europe, America and Australia, it is returning to the UK in its first major revival.

Dominic North made his debut in the role at the Sydney Opera House in 2007, but this will be the first time Liam Mower - the award-winning original star of the West End hit, Billy Elliot - will have danced it for New Adventures.

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 original creators of the beloved movie, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Caroline Thompson for their continued trust, support and openness in allowing us to develop this wonderful cinematic classic for another medium.

"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."

Set and costume design is by Liverpool's Lez Brotherson.

Tickets for Edward Scissorhands are on general sale on Friday at the Empire Box Office, or on 0844 871 3017 or online at www.atgtickets.com/liverpool , and cost £10 - £38.50