Adapted from Tim Burton's gothic fantasy motion picture, Matthew Bourne's dance production of Edward Scissorhands is a magical tale of how an incomplete boy navigates his place in the world.

The ballet first premiered in 2005 and although it might seem like an unlikely reinvention of the classic film - released in 1990 - the production is a charming celebration of what the theatre has to offer.

Less a ballet in the traditional sense - you won't see ballerina's balancing on their tiptoes - Edward Scissorhands is a non-stop danceathon that whizzes by in two hours.

There's toe tapping dance numbers with new musical arrangements from Terry Davies, in keeping with Danny Elfman's score from the original film, that immerses the audience in the story - following Edward from his creation in a far away gothic mansion to his life in a suburban town with his adopted family, led by Bill and Peg Boggs.

Edward, an ageless humanoid - who if you didn't already know by now has scissor blades for hands - after his inventor died before finding him human hands, spends much of the run-time lusting after Bill and Peg's daughter, Kim.

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Though no words are spoken throughout the story, the characters are able to display a variety of emotions through their movement, leading to a particularly moving climax.

It's also surprising just how comedic the story is, with characters drawing laugh out loud moments from the audience with so much as a look, nod, or gesture. 

Though this particular retelling of Edward Scissorhands focuses on dance, there's incredible use of video projection that helps bring the tale to life with each of the on stage sets moved seamlessly in between.

Though there might be some trepidation amongst film enthusiasts that Matthew Bourne's stage production won't live up to the much loved movie, the only disappointment is when the curtain finally comes down at the end of a first class feat in entertainment.

Edward Scissorhands runs at the Mayflower Theatre from March 14 to March 16.