Bedknobs and Broomsticks World Premiere Disney Tour

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MORE than half a century after classic Disney capers wowed moviegoers, Bedknobs and Broomsticks are starting to cast their spell on the stage.

Southampton audiences are treated to the Crazy But Beautiful Tale World Tour premiere this week.

And, as always with Disney, no expense is spared and every detail is perfect, from the Lion King style puppets to the flying bed to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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It’s your classic live-action Mary Poppins tale mixed with animation, but a lot more bizarre.

A relationship is formed between the main characters as they go on an adventure with children with very vivid imaginations.

A shoal of luminous fish swims across the stage in one of many brilliant ensemble pieces so spectacularly performed to the sound of a live orchestra and partly old and new score.

As the curtain rises, a neat bedroom in a period property in central London is destroyed by a deafening bomb blast, leaving a pile of ruins and three orphaned children.

The Rawlin siblings board a train to be evacuated from the capital and find themselves in a grim museum awaiting their fate.

Their reluctant charge, the eccentric trainee witch Eglantine Price (the charming Dianne Pilkington) and her magician love, Professor Emelius Browne (Charles Brunton, a bubbly companion), learn to love the trio.

Daily Echo:

It is a spectacle full of magic and fantasy. Think of a broomstick with a mind of its own, a brackish ballroom at the bottom of the sea, a menagerie of puppet animals, and, of course, a bewitched bed handle.

Disney has done it again. I suspect this production won’t have the longevity of their other screen to stage adaptations, but for now, it’s progressing wonderfully.

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks runs until Saturday. Tickets on mayflower.org.uk or 023 8071 1811.
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