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Elf The Musical’s record-breaking run at the Dominion Theatre

LtoR Ben Forster as Buddy and Mark McKerracher as Santa in Elf credit Alastair Muir
LtoR Ben Forster as Buddy and Mark McKerracher as Santa in Elf credit Alastair Muir

The smash hit musical ELF has already broken several box office records during its current 10-week run at the Dominion Theatre in London, where performances commenced on 24th October 2015. The show has broken the box office record three times for the highest selling show since the Dominion Theatre opened, and has also beaten the Dominion’s box office record for the highest grossing week ever.

The Gala Opening Night on Thursday 5th November was in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and raised £82,588 for the charity. In addition, the producers will be donating £100,000 from takings on Christmas Eve to two charities – Teenage Cancer Trust and Louise Plowright for her cancer treatment in South Korea.

ELF is currently running at London’s Dominion Theatre for a 10-week season until 2nd January 2016.

The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical ELF is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager. Also in the cast are 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. Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of Michael.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

ELF features a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), with songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). The production will feature direction and choreography by Morgan Young (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), set design and costumes by Olivier Award winner Tim Goodchild, lighting design by Olivier Award winner Tim Lutkin, vocal arrangements by Phil Reno, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, video design by Ian William Galloway and sound design by Clement Rawling. Musical direction and supervision will be by Stuart Morley.

Michael Rose and U-Live in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin present the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of ELF at the Dominion Theatre, London.

Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees: Thursday and saturday 3.00pm

24 October 2015 to 2 January 2016
Dominion Theatre
268-269 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7AQ


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