29 Nov 2017

Elf - The Musical at The Lowry is a Festive Delight!

You know when you go to watch a show not knowing what to expect and end up being pleasantly surprised? That was me watching Elf – The Musical at The Lowry.

If you already have tickets to watch Elf, be assured you are in for a treat. If you haven’t bought them yet, all I can say is this. If you are looking for a feel-good, festive, family-friendly outing to get you in the Christmas spirit, go watch Elf – The Musical at The Lowry. We may not know it, but we all need a big, warm hug sometimes.

I have never gotten round to watching Elf – The Movie starring Will Ferrell, so had no idea how the musical would unfold. All I knew after reading the synopsis was that Elf was the story of a child called Buddy who ends up crawling into Santa’s toy sack. He is raised as an Elf at the North Pole before eventually figuring out that he is human. He then goes to New York to look for his father.

My six year old son and I took our seats armed with only this information. Boy, were we in for a treat! We were hooked from the word go and I had a smile plastered across my face for the next 3 hours.



The story is pure fantasy, I know, but was made believable by the characters. Ben Forster as Buddy the Elf, was undoubtedly the star of the show. His stage presence, vocal quality and timing were fantastic. His enthusiasm was infectious and you could not help but feel elated as he sang, danced and hugged his way through Elf.

Liz McClarnon as Jovie was outstanding. With stunning vocals and a performance to match, it was emotional to see her struggle to find her happy.


As mother to a son who constantly questions the existence of Santa, I could particularly relate to Jessica Martin’s Emily Hobbs. The effort she made to keep the Christmas spirit alive for her son, even when she no longer believed, felt very real. It was endearing to see the bond between her character and Michael Hobbs, her son.


Elf is not all about Christmas and kids. There were just enough innuendos and adult humour in there to keep the grown-ups in the audience chuckling. 

The theme of being overworked and addicted to screens was definitely very grown-up. None of it took away from the sparklejollytwinklejingley joy of the production though.


Elf wowed with grand and magnificent stage designs. It had glitter, it had glamour and it had some truly spectacular special effects. The dance routines were beautifully choreographed and there was some very clever use of props.

By the time the curtain dropped on Elf and The Lowry exploded in a spontaneous standing ovation, I was left feeling all warm and fuzzy. 


If you already have tickets to watch Elf, be assured you are in for a treat. If you haven’t bought them yet, all I can say is this. If you are looking for a feel-good, festive, family-friendly outing to get you in the Christmas spirit, go watch Elf – The Musical at The Lowry. We may not know it, but we all need a big, warm hug sometimes.

Disclosure: We were invited to attend a press showing of Elf in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. All stage photos copyright The Lowry.

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