The 'Peaky Blinders' Dance Adaptation Just Revealed a Trailer

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Photo credit: Seamus Ryan
Photo credit: Seamus Ryan

The Birmingham gangsters of Peaky Blinders might not immediately evoke ideas of the interpretive art of dance, but show creator Steven Knight is betting that these are two great tastes that will taste great together.

While the show is gearing up for its sixth season bow, this week, Knight announced that his long-simmering concept for a Peaky Blinders dance show will come to fruition this fall when Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby comes to the stage. The project is a collaboration between Knight, dance company Rambert Production, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry, and director and choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer, and is set to debut September 27, 2022 at the Birmingham Hippodrome before kicking off a UK tour.

In February, the production debuted a film-style first look trailer (above) as well as new stills from the production.

Photo credit: Seamus Ryan
Photo credit: Seamus Ryan

According to an official synopsis, the production looks to cover some familiar territory for fans of the show. It "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," according the production's site. "As the story unfolds, many hearts are broken."

The fact that these hard-hitting gangsters and dance don't exactly seem like an obvious pairing doesn't seem to have escaped Knight, who says, "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." He adds, "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.”

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