REVIEW: Elf the Musical, The Lowry Theatre

Lee-Antony Bennett | 29th November 2017

Elf the Musical is bringing festive cheer to Manchester as the show opens at The Lowry



Christmas cheer was more than plentiful at the press launch for Elf the Musical last night, and even the Grinch and Scrooge combined would have struggled to dampen theatre goers festive spirit.

Based on the hugely popular 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf tells the hilariously heartwarming tale of Buddy, an orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack and ends up living at the North Pole.

Buddy’s enormous size and sub par toy-making skills cause him to face the truth, that he is actually a human. With Santa Claus’ blessing, Buddy sets out on a journey to NYC on the hunt for his real father, while also teaching the people of New York the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring West End and ITV ‘Superstar’ winner Ben Forster, who reprised the lead role of Buddy, he is an enchanting and loveable character who is full to the brim with festive cheer.

Performing alongside Forster is Liverpudlian Atomic Kitten sensation, Liz McClarnon in the role of Jovie, a sassy Maccy’s store worker who’s all but lost the true meaning of Christmas, until Buddy shows her the way.

The chemistry between the two creating a magical experience, full of love, happiness and most importantly SANTAAA. This production is a fantastic wonderland of festiveness, with phenomenal vocal performances from the whole cast, and a sensational and creative set design which fully immersed the audience into this wonderful festive tale.

Not to mention the hilarious performance of Deb – the secretary of Buddy’s real dad, Executive Walter Hobbs. Played by Lori Hayley Fox, this character adds plenty of rib tickling moments to the production, and was one of the stand out performances of the show.

If you’re looking for heart-warming festive fun that the whole family can enjoy – then look no further.


Dates: Fri 24 November 2017 – Sun 14 January 2018

Times: 7.30pm, Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm

Ticket price: £25.50 – £58.50 (including booking fee)

You can find out more information on the website HERE