If us Mancs couldn’t get enough of Peaky Blinders, the series set in Birmingham (but some of it was filmed here in Manchester) there’s about to be more and this time it’s heading to the stage. A new theatre show by Rambert Dance Company, known as Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, is coming to The Lowry in Salford after the production made its debut at Birmingham Hippodrome last year.
Making a stop in Salford between March 14 and 18 as part of its UK tour in 2023, Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is 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, which sees exhilarating and athletic dance from the full dance company combined with an electrifying and eclectic soundtrack.
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.”
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby shows will be performed at The Lowry between March 14 and 18 and you can book tickets here.