Our Review: The Elves and the Shoemaker, Red Rose Chain

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 13:25

Be part of the magic this Christmas,  join Red Rose Chain's, The Shoemaker and The Elves at the Avenue Theatre from the 7th - 31 st Dec 2017 and be prepared to be transported to a world of timeless innocence and fairy tales.

Comments such as “ I've never seen anything like this before” can be heard from the audience as they leave the venue after the performance. What is unique about the Red Rose Chain, is that even though their cast is made up of only a handful of actors,  their strong stage presence and hilarious twists, manage to captivate even the most demanding of audiences.   The cosy atmosphere at The Avenue" makes it extra special, and the cast put great effort into engaging with the audience right from when you arrive.

The Story

The show is based on the popular Brothers Grimm Tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker” the story is set in the 1970s and it starts off with the lovely Elvira, played by Emma Swan, a talented shoe designer running a rather dull shop called Lovelace’s Boots & Shoes. After many attempts, she fails to convince her father (Norbert) to let her make more modern and “groovy” shoe designs. As the shop's old-fashioned shoes fail to win any sales and therefore faces imminent closure, one night something magical happens that will change their lives forever!

Darren Latham and Ryan Penny's, brilliant interpretations of the Elves, will no doubt be your children's favourite characters.  It is quite refreshing to see how they manage to preserve the innocence of the characters they play, as it was intended when it was first written 200 years ago, a playful pair, who magically appear at night, dancing, skipping and hopping around the room, and proving a helping hand to a struggling and honest shoemaker. Be prepared to be amused by the rapid off stage transformations, involving wardrobe changes and props.

See their promotional preview video here

Useful Information

  • The playful Elves will greet you as you enter the theatre! Actors are in full character mode as they interact with the audience right from the very beginning!
  • Make your experience extra special and visit Santa's grotto before the performance, it costs £5 and includes a gift. Book here
  • Bring the family an hour earlier and enjoy their delicious artisan pizza cooked at their in-house cafe. For more information visit their website.
  • There is a short interval, the cafe is open for drinks, ice cream and some festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine!

Duration: Approx 110 mins including a short interval

Performances before 21st Dec: Concession*: £10 (children or full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities) Over 60s: £17 Full Price: £20

Performances after 21st Dec: Concession*: £12 (children or full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities) Over 60s: £19 Full Price: £22

Red rose chain's inclusion and access to all needs, has won a special place in our hearts and their talented performances have captivated audiences who travel long distances to watch their shows. If you have a young family, The Elves and The Shoemaker is a must see this Christmas, book your tickets now!

Red Rose Chain hosts a selection of shows throughout the year, such as jazz night, string quartet concerts and theatre productions. Take a look at their website for more details.

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