Theatre

A Peaky Blinders-inspired theatre show is heading to The Lowry next year

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 18th January 2022

A new theatre show inspired by the hit TV series Peaky Blinders will visit The Lowry next year.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is set to head out on a massive UK tour in 2023, including a run of dates in Salford.

The first-of-its-kind dance show has been adapted for the stage by the show’s creator, Steven Knight.

It will pick up the Peaky Blinders story at the end of World War One and will follow Tommy and his partner Grace Burgess through passion, deception and many broken hearts.

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Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby. Credit: Rambert / Birmingham Hippodrome

The show opens in the trenches on the front line but will see how Tommy’s own story and his intoxication with Grace unfolds.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is directed and choreographed by Rambert’s artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer and will feature 20 permanent members of the Rambert dance company.

The dazzling dances will be soundtracked by a live band playing specially-commissioned music.

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It will make its world premiere in Birmingham – where the Peaky Blinders gang were from – before visiting The Lowry between 14 and 18 March, 2023.

You can get tickets at thelowry.com/whats-on/peaky-blinders-the-redemption-of-tommy-shelby.

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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.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby. Credit: Rambert / Birmingham Hippodrome

“If the concept of a Peaky Blinders dance seems strange, reserve judgement and reserve a ticket.”

Benoit Swan Pouffer added: “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.”

Full touring dates for Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

  • Birmingham Hippodrome – 27 September to 2 October
  • Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London – 12 October to 6 November
  • Norwich Theatre Royal – 17 to 21 January
  • Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – 25 to 28 January
  • Hull New Theatre – 31 January to 4 February
  • Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – 7 to 11 February
  • Royal and Derngate, Northampton – 21 to 25 February
  • Festival Theatre Edinburgh – 28 February to 4 March
  • The Lowry, Salford – 14 to 18 March
  • Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff – 21 to 25 March
  • Theatre Royal Plymouth – 28 March to 1 April

Featured image: Rambert/Birmingham Hippodrome