The world premiere of the stage version of Peaky Blinders will take place next month in Southampton.
Peaky Blinders: The Atonement of Thomas Shelby was written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and adapted for the stage.
This unique production will run at the Mayflower Theater from February 7th to 11th.
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The production will feature 20 residents of the Rambert Dance Company on stage and a live orchestra playing specially commissioned music.
Through dance theater, Peaky Blinders’ story is told at the end of World War I and follows Tommy Shelby and Grace Burgess through their passionate romance. As Tommy builds his empire, Grace works as an undercover agent for Special Branch to get closer to Tommy’s gang. As the story progresses, many hearts are broken.
Tommy and the Peaky Blinders fought together in Flanders and the show begins in the trenches. Out of this experience, a deeply personal story unfolds as the Shelby family makes decisions that will determine their fate and Tommy is intoxicated by the mysterious Grace.
Dazzling sports dances await you and a breathtaking performance to the cult eclectic soundtrack of “Sharp Stars” performed by a live orchestra on stage.
Renowned poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who played street preacher Jeremiah Jesa in the series, will provide pre-recorded commentary on the production.
He told the Daily Echo: “I remember growing up in Birmingham hearing about the Peaky Blinders and I remember hearing about the great Rambert. I never thought that me, Peaky Blinders and Rambert would get along. This performance was made for me.
“Rambert takes Peaky Blinders to the next level. When the two get together, viewers witness one of the most creative collaborations of all time. I am so proud to be a part of this. We’re making dance history and still think it’s a gangster.”
Guillaume Keough and Prince Lyons alternate as Thomas Shelby, while Nia Lovell and Serene Williams alternate as Grace, with local dance company Rambert participating in the stage production.
Tickets can be purchased at mayflower.org.uk or by calling 023 8071 1811.
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Author: Lorelei Reddin