The cast and creative team have been revealed for the upcoming world premiere of Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelbya dance-theatre performance written and adapted for the stage by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, and choreographed and directed by Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.
Based on the hit TV series of the same name, the show will start in Birmingham at the Hippodrome on September 27, before a London premiere at Troubadour Wembley Park on October 12. The piece will then embark on a UK tour in 2023.
Guillaume Quéau and Prince Lyons will alternate the role of Thomas Shelby, while Naya Lovell and Seren Williams will alternate the role of Grace. The production will feature the permanent dance company Rambert on stage.
Additionally, Birmingham-born writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who played street preacher Jeremiah Jesu in the TV series, will provide pre-recorded narration for the production. Zephaniah said today: “I remember growing up in Birmingham and hearing about the Peaky Blinders, and I remember hearing about the great Rambert. I could never have imagined, Peaky Blinders, and Rambert together. This concert was made for me. Rambert takes the Peaky Blinders to another level. When these two come together, audiences will witness one of the most imaginative collaborations of all time. I am so proud to be part of it. We write dance history, and we always keep it gangster.”
Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby will feature live musicians conducted by Music Director Yaron Engler and score written by Roman GianArthur and Nate Wonder as well as a new track by Laura Mvula. GianArthur and Wonder worked with music consultant DJ Walde to create the soundtrack for the production. It has also been confirmed that the production will include iconic songs from the TV series.
The creative team will also feature Moi Tran (sets), Richard Gellar (costumes) and Natasha Chivers (lighting), with dramaturgy by Kaite O’Reilly. Acting director Kim Pearce, illusions director Filipe J Carvalho, combat director Adrian Palmer, props supervisor Lily Mollgaard and intimacy director Yarit Dor also work with the cast, with sound design by Moshik Kop .
The 2023 UK tour will visit Norwich Theater Royal (January 17-21), Alhambra Theater Bradford (January 25-28), Hull New Theater (January 31-February 4), Mayflower Theater in Southampton (February 7-11), The Royal and Derngate, Northampton (February 21-25), Festival Theater Edinburgh (February 28-March 4), The Lowry, Salford (March 14-18), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (21 to March 25) and Theater Royal Plymouth (March 28 to April 1), before returning to the Birmingham Hippodrome from May 23 to 27.