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Elf The Musical Theatre Review | Dominion Theatre

Elf is one of my favourite Christmas films of all time, I never get tired of watching it. During the summer I found out Elf The Musical was coming to London. I just knew I had to go and see the production!. So imagine my excitement when I received an email from Boxoffice.co.uk inviting me to come down and see the show.

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

20 comments:

  1. I really want to see this but I am worried about how expensive it's going to be. Maybe i'll just stick to watching the movie at home? x

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    1. Noo you must go and see it, just keep your eyes open for any deals they might have. Lastminute.com is good for that

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  2. This sounds really good and I would like to see it, but I have to say at that price, I could have a week abroad, and unfortunately the sun sea and sand would win! I do love the movie though :)
    Debbie

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    1. I don't blame you, we all need a bit of sun in our lives x

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  3. Sound so good and really want to see this. The price is slightly expensive to see the show, probably the actor get the split of the profit.

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    1. You should definitely go, i'm sure the prices will go down nearer the end date of production

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  4. This looks like so much fun - reading it has made me feel so Christmassy! :)

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    1. I'm glad i've got you into the Christmas spirit as it's my favourite time of the year

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  5. Oh I love Musicals! This sounds and looks fab. I'm hoping to go to Mary Poppins soon. We are massive theatre fans here at daysinbed - Angela

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    1. Oh i've heard good things about Mary Poppins, also heard that Aladdin is coming to theatre land soon as well

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  6. Fab review. You really caught the essence of the show without giving too much away - perfect balance. I love going to the West End but I confess I haven't gone recently because of the ticket price hike. £240 a ticket in my mind is extortionate. Tx

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    1. I don't understand why the theatre is so expensive but then the complain about the lack of people going. I always keep a eye out for any special offers they have on at the time

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  7. Oh I love Elf it is my favourite Christmas film too. I would love to see this show, but £240 a ticket is crazy money xx

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    1. I know really crazy, but those are for the best seats x

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  8. I don't think I've ever seen the whole of Elf, just caught bits of it. I love musicals, but that price is ridiculous

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  9. You know I don't think I've seen the film. I've seen clips though and it does look fun and I bet it would do well on the stage.

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  10. Was never a huge fan of the film (something about Will Ferrel being an oversized kid freaked me out) but I've heard the musical is really good! Would be a great day out to get in the festive spirit! x

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  11. £240 a ticket?! Really?! Wow that is a lot even for the top seats. I love the movie, definitely my fave Christmas movie. I normally like Kimberly Walsh so it's a shame you weren't impressed. Would love to see this xx

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  12. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Theatre trips are so fun for kids and with mine there eyes were just opened wide. Shame some price families out and they become very rare treats

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  13. I honestly think I need to watch Elf again. I am a VERY christmassy person but I just didn't get it. Everyone says how amazing it is so I think I must have missed something. Love the idea of a live show.

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