ELF, the hit West End and Broadway musical based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie starring Will Ferrell, is to be supersized into a Christmas spectacular which will play 3Arena Dublin this December. Don’t miss this Christmas spectacular on December 28 and 29, 2019.
The show will star award-winning Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh as Buddy the Elf’s girlfriend, Jovie, and Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans in EastEnders, Extras) as Buddy’s dad Walter Hobbs. Kym Marsh’s daughter Polly will also be part of the cast. In her first acting role, eight-year-old Polly will play a naughty child who shares a scene with Santa.
Reprising his role as Buddy the Elf will be comedy actor Tam Ryan, who counts Priscilla Presley amongst his past leading ladies. The cast also features Father Christmas and a line- up of 70 performers, including children.
As well as her role as Coronation Street’s Michelle Connor, a part she has played since 2006, Kym Marsh has also enjoyed a successful pop career, initially as a member of the band Hear’Say, then subsequently as a solo singer.
The show will see Kym and Shaun reunited on the stage after they starred together in 2006 in the hit West End musical Saturday Night Fever.
Tam Ryan first stepped into the big floppy shoes of Will Ferrell in December 2018 to play Buddy the Elf and was met with universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
Kym said: “I am delighted to be getting back on stage and joining the cast of Elf this December. Elf is an iconic Christmas film and having seen the musical myself last year I am very excited to be part of this fun and heart-warming family show.”
The original stage version of Elf played to record-breaking audiences in 2015/2016 at London’s Dominion Theatre and firmly established this heart-warming tale of Buddy the Elf leaving Santa at the North Pole to seek his real father in New York as a Christmas classic.
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.
The original staging has been enhanced with giant screens, showing both computer graphic backdrops and live action close-ups. The 5,000 seat arena layout has a 70-foot wide stage and a 60-foot long thrust stage, with some scenes taking place around and above the audience.
Elf will again be produced by WBP Ltd, the team behind last year’s production of Elf the Christmas Spectacular, which played to over 75,000 people at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Birmingham Resorts World Arena, and Nottingham Motorpoint Arena.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, 11 April at 9am and will be available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.