A new dance-theatre event, plunging into the history of Peaky Blinders‘ Protagonist Tommy Shelby, had its premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome this month. Title Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelbythe show was directed and choreographed by Benoit Swan Pouffer, the artistic director of the London contemporary dance company, Rambert. The scene spin-off was written by Peaky Blinders‘ creator Steven Knight who recently stated that the show will most likely travel to the United States.
“After it closes in the UK in Birmingham, we’re hoping it will move to New York and then Boston, because the show has massive international appeal, so I think this one can travel,” Knight told BBC Radio 4 this week, according to a Deadline report. The Rambert production includes 20 dancers as well as a live band that plays exclusively commissioned music on stage. The contemporary dance performance expands on Tommy’s backstory and is set at the end of World War I when Tommy served as a sergeant major. At the center of the show is Tommy’s romance with his first wife Grace Burgess, an undercover agent working for Special Branch, whose mission was to get close to Tommy, to learn more about his criminal activities.
Whereas Cillian Murphy and Anabelle Wallis played Tommy and Grace respectively on the TV show, Guillaume Queau and Seren Williams represent the characters of the dance performance. The dance production also features exclusive plot details and character information that have never been shown on screen. Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelbyis set to tour the UK in 2023. It will also be presented at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park from October 12 to November 6.
BBCOne Peaky Blinders concluded its six-season run in April and Tommy’s fate remained open as the mob boss was seen riding his horse, after a health scare left everyone believing he was in the process to die. In July of this year, Knight confirmed that a Peaky Blinders The feature film is in development and will most likely conclude Tommy’s story. At Heart’s Breakfast ShowKnight shared that he’s nearly finished writing the film and is in the process of finalizing filming locations.
Peaky Blinders premiered in 2013 on BBC One and chronicles the exploits of Birmingham mobster Tommy Shelby and his brothers, who return to England after World War I to run their own crime gang called the Peaky Blinders. The show featured Murphy, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Finn Cole and Sophie Rundle.