1-3 December 2014
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
Miracle on 34th Street is my all-time favourite film, I love everything about it. From childhood it has seemed so magical and every Christmas Day we would watch both versions. So I was thrilled to be asked to review the theatre show, I was intrigued to see how it would play out.
We arrived at the theatre it was very busy and all festive outside with the lights and there was a lovely Christmas feel with a Christmas tree and presents!
The hall we were in was packed and it was buzzing as everyone waited for the show to start, children and adults all filled with excitement.
The play tells the story of Susan who doesn’t believe in Father Christmas because her mother Doris has told her there is no such thing as fairy tales, then Father Christmas himself comes to her store! The rest is pure joy and delight.
From start to finish this dazzling show is just joy for the soul, I dare you not to be swept away like a child, seeing everyone fall under Santa’s spell. The play follows the films very closely but has its own special magic and filled the hall with warmth and happiness. It has its own charm and all the scenes I loved as a child and even now!
The set was perfect and the music was amazing, I loved all the songs but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas is my all-time favourite and it was perfect!
The music before the show started give an awesome party feel and I thought was a great touch.
I was unsure how Ceris Hine would work as a child as she is much older than the role but she was very convincing and James Murphy was amazing as Kris Kringle, my favourite character in the movie. The whole cast were outstanding and really invited you into the magic of Christmas, the supporting cast were in a league of their own.
The ending was lovely and we even got covered in snow! Which was a lovely moment as we saw the delight on the children’s faces around us.
The only negative thing I could say was the fact the posters clearly show a child and the role is played by someone much older, but this is understandable given how much of a role she played but could be misleading.
I was singing Christmas songs all the way home and much to my husband’s annoyance, so was he!
If you only see one show this Christmas time make sure it is this!
Tickets cost from £21.40 to £25.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Miracle on 34th Street is at the Theatre Royal Brighton until 3 December 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650