Venue Details

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Quotes & Highlights

“Matthew Bourne’s long awaited staging of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ has finally arrived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music…a magical realm beckons…” —The New York Times
“Not a word is spoken, but the story of the strangely endearing misfit…is as clear, offbeat and enchanting onstage as in the beloved Tim Burton film on which it’s based.” —_San Francisco Chronicle _
“An unforgettable production that will melt the steeliest of hearts, and strike a chord with anyone who ever felt just that little bit different. Pure perfection.” —Evening Times (Glasgow)
“A fantastic family show…full of brilliant comic detail and engaging life” – Telegraph UK


Known for bending the conventions of theater—from his all-male swan corps in Swan Lake to the dance-drama Play Without Words to his edgy choreography for Mary Poppins on Broadway—Matthew Bourne returns to BAM with a witty re-imagining of Tim Burton’s beloved film Edward Scissorhands (20th Century Fox).

After an eccentric inventor leaves him with scissors in lieu of hands, the bewildered Edward flees to a candy-colored suburban community. Before long, the entire town embraces his unique hair-cutting and topiary talents, and he falls for the teenage daughter of his adopted family. She’s smitten as well and their tender love story is the heart of Bourne’s stage interpretation, told entirely without dialogue.

Adding to the magic are exquisite sets and costumes, and music based on themes from the captivating film score. Each element, in concert with wonderful performances by the 24-member company, propels the story to an enchanted place where even the hedges—which Edward so lovingly shapes—spring to joyous life.

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