Marvel families unite!
For the first time ever, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and villains has been brought to life in a spectacular live action family arena show and we were invited to watch it at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
We went from singing and dancing along to Disney On Ice Frozen the day before to whooping and cheering for our favourite superheroes the next day at Marvel Superheroes Live.
It was really like they had stepped out of the silver screen onto the stage. Our favourite Marvel Super Heroes were all there, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and more, as they battle Loki and Marvel’s most sinister villains in a live, action-packed arena performance for the whole family.
The story begins with bang and Thor arriving in style with pyrotechnics and smoke before we are introduced to his evil brother Loki who plans to take over the world. Meanwhile, Tony Stark is bored and phoning all his superhero friends to find out what they are doing.
The superheroes get wind of Loki’s plans to rule the world with a Cosmic Cube after he kidnaps X-Men Storm, Cyclops and Wolverine, followed by Nick Fury and they come together to rescue them, piece together their own Cosmic Cube that had been destroyed by Thor and scattered all over the world and defeat him.
Of course, things don’t always go to plan and some of our favourite baddies had got hold of pieces of the Cosmic Cube, including Green Goblin, Madam Hydra, the Sinister Six, Lizard, Rhino, Red Skull, Electro, Dr Octopus and more.
It has been hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever, and I can see why with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.
The set includes innovative lighting design, transformative 3D projection, 21 projectors, the largest flying system ever used for a live arena tour which saw characters flying, swinging and appearing from nowhere and the debut of a new Spotlight Tracking System which keeps your focused on the action at all times.
It was a rip-roaring ride which the kids (and Hubby) adored. If you have a Marvel loving family, or kids that love live action, then this is the show for you.
The tour is heading off to Europe soon, but still has dates in the UK in December and January at Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester and Glasgow, see www.marveluniverselive.com/uk/tours-tickets for tickets.
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Basil Brush has really stood the test of time and I was shocked to discover he has been around since 1962. I have fond memories of watching him on television as a child and all my children have watched his shows in one form or another over the years.
We love taking the kids to see shows at the theatre where they can really interact with the characters they know and love from the television, so when we saw Basil Brush was on tour I knew they would love it.
Although he is coming closer to home, we picked his very first show in Weymouth to see him as we will be away when he is more local. The kids were bouncing off the walls with excitement as I collected our tickets for the box office, whilst I also sneakily put in a request for a mention.
We had a comfort break and then headed inside Weymouth Pavilion to find our seats. I have to say it was freezing inside the theatre and never really warmed up so we all kept our jumpers on, but, Basil kept us on our toes and the kids entertained by popping up on the screen every now and again to tell a joke, or remind us to have a wee before the show started.
Basil and his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey) took us on a journey of laughs, storytelling, song and dance in this brand new specially written ‘live’ stage show which was packed full of fun and excitement! They may have been a wardrobe malfunction involving a wig and a moustache, which had both the audience and the cast crying with laughter, but that just added to the fun.
I don’t want to spoil the show but safe to say it had all the hallmarks of great family entertainment – danger, slapstick, jokes (some for adults too), singing and dancing and of course audience participation, plus we got our shout out too! The cast were genuinely enjoying themselves and that really shone through.
Basil is still the naughty and uncontrollable fox that we all know and love and he had the adults and kids in fits of giggles from beginning to end and he came out to meet his adoring fans after the show and laughed at their jokes too!
I highly recommended going to see Basil Live, you can find all the tour information at basilbrush.com. For more information, news and offers follow @realbasilbrush on twitter or like him on facebook here.
Basil also has a new internet series which the kids are now addicted to watching. It can be found on YouTube, VideoJug or through Basilbrush.com – enjoy!
Disclaimer: We received tickets to see the Basil Brush Tour for the purpose of a review, all opinions are our own
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