On Friday evening, Jack and I were very excited to be invited to watch Elf The Musical at The Lowry in Salford.
Based on the beloved 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is an utterly brilliant, life-affirming tale based around Buddy, an oversized elf with terrible toy-making skills, who doesn’t realise he’s a human accidentally brought back to the North Pole and raised by Santa and his elves. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
For fans of the film, the storyline is a little different apparently (I haven’t seen the film, so can’t tell you first hand!), but don’t fret as all your favourite lines and silliness are still included from Mr Narwhal, that fight with the department store Santa and the biggest burp I’ve ever heard!
The entire cast give it their all throughout the show and what a stellar cast it is featuring West End ‘Superstar’ Ben Forster reprising his role as Buddy, Liz McClarnon of Atomic Kitten fame playing the sarcastic and jaded Jovie, Louis Emerick as Santa Claus, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs. Their voices are phenomenal, especially Ben and Liz, and the songs throughout the show are incredibly catchy and stay with you long after the show. I also really enjoyed watching Lori Haley Fox who stole every moment she was on stage with her hilarious adaptation of the office secretary Deb.
Without wanting to give away any surprises, it would be unfair of me not to mention the incredible set. The creative team have done a sterling job at translating the magic of Christmas to the stage and it is truly spectacular.
I can’t recommend this show highly enough. It’s the perfect show for both children and adults alike, with good old slapstick comedy for the kids and a few ‘grown up’ jokes thrown in for good measure.
There is a brilliant 2-for-1 ticket offer available for all remaining shows of Elf The Musical at The Lowry Theatre, by simply using the promotional code READERHUG. You can purchase your tickets here.
**Sadly, since writing this review Ben Forster had a little incident on stage on Saturday afternoon and broke his ankle, but all future performances are scheduled to go ahead as planned with his brilliant understudy Colin playing the role of Buddy. **
Disclosure: We were guests of the Lowry Theatre for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and views are entirely my own.