If we Brummies couldn’t get enough of the series set in Birmingham that is Peaky Blinders, there’s about to be more and this time it’s heading to the stage. A new production by Rambert Dance Company is making its debut at Birmingham Hippodrome this September and tickets are on sale from today (January 17).
Ahead of its London premiere at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, which will be followed by a UK tour in 2023, Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby will be performed at the Birmingham theatre. Written and adapted for the stage by Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight, the dance theatre show is directed and choreographed by Rambert Dance’s artistic director, Benoit Swan Pouffer.
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is Rambert’s first collaboration of this kind and will feature the 20 permanent Rambert dance company on stage, plus a live band playing specially commissioned music. Through dance theatre, the show 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 the story unfolds, many hearts are broken.
Steven Knight said: “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. If the concept of a Peaky Blinders dance seems strange, reserve judgement and reserve a ticket.”
Expect dazzling, athletic dance and stunning dramatisation with an iconic eclectic Peaky soundtrack from a live on-stage band. Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby shows will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from September 27 – October 2 and you can book tickets here.