Elf The Musical To Join West End This Christmas

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 45 months ago
Elf The Musical To Join West End This Christmas

Mark McKerracher as Santa and Ben Forster as Buddy in 2014's Plymouth production. Photo: Alastair Muir

Wails of “SANTAAAAAAA!” are likely to be heard coursing their way down Tottenham Court Road this Christmas (well, more so than usual), as ELF The Musical jingles its way into Dominion Theatre from 24 October 2015.

If you find yourself lacking in festive cheer, why not have it rammed down your throat by Buddy — a human child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and ends up transported to the North Pole to grow up within a community of elves? He may not have the delicate size or toy making abilities of his contemporaries, but by gum, what he lacks in Christmas prowess he makes up for in festive cheer. Incessant. Festive. Cheer.

Expect song and dance aplenty, with book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and direction and choreography by Morgan Young (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, the audience will once again follow Buddy as he embarks on a bumbling, if well-intentioned, solo trip to New York to find his birth father. But the Big Apple is no North Pole and soon enough Buddy is forced to explore the meaning of a modern day Christmas, plus probably go on some sort of voyage of self discovery… or something.

Whether the film warmed your cockles or further withered your already blackened heart, it's happening regardless (much like Christmas, actually). So get singing, get dancing, or get hiding, ELF the Musical is on its way.

ELF The Musical is at Dominion Theatre from 24 October 2015-2 January 2016. Tickets cost £35.70-£112.30 and can be booked online. Casting to be announced shortly.

Last Updated 09 February 2015