Elf Makes West End Debut For The Holidays
London is following after Broadway and bringing some holiday cheer to the West End in a very special way this holiday season! Following after it’s counterpart across the pond, the West End mounts a special production just for the holidays! But what show is the perfect show to get audiences into the spirit?! The classic White Christmas? Or perhaps something more contemporary? That tall, famous green Elf so many know and love is venturing from the Big Apple to London this Christmas! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Elf is making its West End debut for the 2015 Holiday season!
Elf returns to England making its West End debut following its U.K. premiere last holiday season at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. The show is running at the Dominion Theatre (Pictured Right) and officially opened November 5th, 2015 following previews beginning October 24th. The show is running as a limited engagement for 10 weeks only through January 2nd, 2016. Morgan Young helms the production as director and choreographer. The West End premiere is produced by Michael Rose and U-Live in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.
Leading Elf to its West End debut is Ben Forster (Pictured Left) as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs. Forster, McGann and Martin all appeared in the same roles last season during the U.K. premiere of the musical and return for it’s West End debut. Other leading characters include Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa, Graham Lappin as Store Manager with Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of Michael.
The ensemble includes Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland,Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O’Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White.
Other creative team members for the London premiere of Elf include Tim Goodchild as scenic and costume designer, Tim Lutkin as lighting designer, Clement Rawling as sound designer and Ian William Galloway as video designer. David Chase provides dance arrangements with Doug Besterman providing orchestrations. Stuart Morley is musical director and supervisor.
A first look at the production is below thanks to photographer Roy Tan!
Elf comes to London’s West End just in time for the holidays! What a wonderful idea for the West End as it gets into the holiday spirit! The musical first bowed on Broadway in 2012 and quickly become a theatrical holiday for the United States! The show eventually made another bow on Broadway and every year since, has toured the United States with multiple tours running the past 2 years. Elf is one of those musicals that specifically seeks to cater to audiences during the holiday season, and scores as it not only is an excellent musical, with a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Songs like “Christmas Town”, “Nobody Cares About Santa” and “There Is A Santa Clause” score with audiences looking to get into the holiday spirit. The musical, much like the movie that made this story so famous, has a truly special spirit to it making it impossible for you to catch the holiday spirit and cheer while experiencing it.
Get into the holiday spirit and don’t miss your chance to experience Elf during its premiere in London’s West End! It’s the perfect family friendly, holiday spirited musical and comes to London just in time for the most wonderful time of the year! Special thanks to Roy Tan who allowed Luner on Theatre to feature his photos of the productions! Visit Roy Tan’s Official Website for more of his beautiful work! For more information, visit Elf the Musical’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!