Unless you have been living under a rock and have never heard of Elf. Elf is based on the much loved 2003 film staring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. As a young orphan he crawls into Santa's sack of gifts and is taken back to the North Pole without Santa knowing, after discovering he is in fact not an elf at all, he sets off from the North Pole to New York City to find his human dad. I won't spoil the rest of the plot for you...but it is fun
I know there has been a lot of talk about the price of tickets to see the show setting a new record for a top West End price of £240 a ticket. Which in my opinion iis rather eye watering for primarily a family orientated show and was reflective by the amount of empty seats in the theatre stalls.
I'm not going to lie I didn't have a clue who Ben Forster was before the show, however, he was great as Buddy. He had the right amount of energy to play Buddy and comical timing was on point, his vocals were also amazing. You couldn't help but to warm to him
Joe McGann was great as Buddy's real life father, he had great chemistry with Ben and it was breathtaking seeing him in a musical..who knew he could sing.
I wasn't overly impressed with Kimbely Walsh as Jovie. Don't get me wrong the girl can sing but can she act....? hmmm
There were lots of musical numbers including a song called Sparklejollytwinklejingley. Try saying that after a few glasses of mulled wine.
The choreography was good, there was a lot of high kicking, tap dancing and spinning. I especially loved how the elves "walked" which was rather clever and funny.
The show was packed with amazing visual effects. You can really see where the money has been spent.
Santa and his sleigh near the end was fantastic, Santa's sleigh flies across the audience and it starts to snow inside the theatre.
Elf will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit, so grab your tacky Christmas jumper some tinsel and see the show, it is a once in a lifetime experience and if you have a look around there are deals to be had to find those cheaper family tickets
Elf The Musical runs until 2 January at the Dominion Theatre and is most definitely worth a watch. Tickets are avaliable online or via The Box Office on 0845 200 7982