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Rambert to create Shelby family dance show
The hit television series Peaky Blinders comes to the stage in a new dance adaptation by Rambert which premieres in Birmingham in September.
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby takes us back to the beginning of the Shelby family story and is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight in collaboration with Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.
Premiering at Birmingham Hippodrome on 27 September, the show will then play Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre before embarking on a UK-wide tour in 2023.
Featuring 20 dancers and a live band with specially commissioned music, the production picks up the story of the Peaky Blinders at the end of World War One, following Tommy Shelby and Grace Burgess through their passionate love affair. While Tommy is building his empire, Grace is operating as an undercover agent for Special Branch on a mission to get close to the heart of Tommy's gang. As their story unfolds, can love triumph or will hearts and bodies be broken?
Steven Knight says: "Peaky Blinders has always had music and movement at its heart and now the beating heart of the show will be transferred to the stage, an interpretation of Tommy's story performed by Rambert, one of the leading dance companies in the world. This is dance for people who don't usually watch dance and what I've written has been transformed into something startling by consummate dancers and choreographers."
Rambert to premiere show in Birmingham
And Benoit Swan Pouffer adds: "Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is something on a scale we've never done before, and I couldn't be more ready for the challenge – it's such an exciting opportunity as a choreographer to tell these stories and recreate these characters through dance. It is also a great collaborative opportunity to have been working closely with Steven Knight on this original production. What you're going to get as a result will be an inspiring and uplifting dance show, but so much more than a dance show. There is of course a strong narrative, that of Tommy and the Peaky Blinders so it is dance, and it is also theatre. I can't wait to bring these hugely popular characters to the stage here in Birmingham, then on tour to audiences around the country."
The 2023 UK tour will visit Norwich Theatre Royal (17-21 January), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (25-28 January), Hull New Theatre (31 January-4 February), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (7-11 February), Royal and Derngate, Northampton (21-25 February), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (28 February-4 March), The Lowry, Salford (14-18 March), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (21-25 March) and Theatre Royal Plymouth (28 March-1 April).