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Christmas spectacular Elf set to head for Aberdeen


By Alan Beresford

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ELF, the hit Hollywood blockbuster movie, has been supersized into a live arena spectacular for this Christmas and it's heading for Aberdeen.

The stage version of Elf is set to come to Aberdeen this December.
The stage version of Elf is set to come to Aberdeen this December.

P&J Live in Aberdeen is set to welcome the festive spectacular on Friday, December 9, complete with a massive stage featuring amazing film backdrops on a huge LED screen plus a mobile stage that travels the auditorium, so everyone gets a close-up view of the action.

The presentation features Santa’s flying sleigh, audience snowball fight, indoor snowstorm, a giant candy cane journey from the North Pole, aerial cirque stars and giant tv screens so you don’t miss any of the spectacle.

The story is hilariously recreated by a large cast of performers into the biggest live Christmas show in the UK. The festive spectacular will feature West End star Steven Serlin stepping into the big floppy shoes of Will Ferrell to play Buddy the Elf.

The cast also features Blackpool and Butlins resorts new comedy star Jordan Conway in a multitude of zany characters. TV’s Birds Of A Feather comedy actor Charlie Quirke as the cop. Kelly Banlaki returns as the leading lady playing Buddy’s love interest, Jovie the elf.

This Christmas spectacular production features a book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and Hairspray) and an original score of great songs by Matt Sklar and Chad Beguelin that has delighted audiences on Broadway and the West End.

Producer and director Jon Conway says, “This is the fourth year we have presented this epic version of the Broadway and Hollywood hit as part of the World’s Biggest Pantomime brand.

"Elf is always one of the most popular Christmas films and Buddy the Elf a truly iconic character. We are returning to some venues and have made the show even bigger and better with new features to make it a really thrilling experience.

"We are keenly aware of the economic climate and are one of the few shows to have reduced our prices from Elf’s last visit for an affordable family outing! One of the best sights is the audiences dressing up for the show, especially the dads in elf Christmas sweaters! This is an unmissable Christmas treat”

Louise Stewart, Head of Entertainment, Exhibitions and Marketing at P&J Live, added: “This is just what everyone needs to help them get into the festive spirit this year.

"A production that promises to be jam-packed full of all the best bits from one of the world’s favourite Christmas movies, it’s a brilliant family show, ideal for all – even the cotton-head ninny muggins amongst us.

"We can’t wait to see what the show has to offer, and remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Tickets go on general sale soon via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The show's other Scottish dates will see it head to the Ovo Hydro in Glasgow over December 10-11.

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