Elf: The Musical set to bring Christmas magic to Blackpool early

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The show will play at the Opera House for a 10-day stint, starting on October 21

Blackpool's Tam Ryan will star in Elf: The Musical
Blackpool’s Tam Ryan will star in Elf: The Musical

The stage adaptation of hit Christmas film Elf starring Will Ferrell is flying into Blackpool this week.

Family show Elf: The Musical will play at Blackpool Winter Garden’s Opera House from Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 31, to bring some early festive magic to the seaside town.

The production tells the story of Buddy the elf, who accidentally finds himself on Santa’s sleigh and is transported from his home in the North Pole to New York.


Follow orphaned Buddy, who is actually a human and not a ‘real’ elf – despite what he believes – as his adventures and mishaps in America teach him about his true identity, while also sprinkling Christmas magic and fun along the way.

Expect a flying sleigh, 20-foot high candy canes, a giant LED screen with Pixar style animated backgrounds and amazing aerial stunts.

The show features songs from Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, who wrote the original Broadway score, and stars stage favourite and Blackpool-born Tam Ryan in the main role for the third consecutive year.

Tam said: “The show is pretty unique in its staging with spectacular effects and a great story combined with marvellous songs.”

He is joined in the cast, which has previously featured Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh, by Kelly Banlaki as Jovie, Buddy’s long suffering love interest.

Kelly is a member of the Endresz family, who have produced and starred in the Blackpool Tower Circus for three decades.

CBBC’s So Awkward star Jordan Conway is included in the cast too – and the actor and singer also designed much of the computer graphic backdrops used in the show.