Elf the Musical | Dominion Theatre | Review

Elf the Musical

Dominion Theatre

Elf The Musical, written by David Berenbaum and directed by Philip Wm. McKinley is currently playing at the Dominion Theatre in the West End.

The show is a Christmas comedy about an elf named Buddy. Buddy was born a human but adopted by Santa’s elves and raised in the North Pole. One day Santa tells Buddy about his biological father who lives in New York City. Buddy sets off on an adventure to find his dad but experiences some difficulties along the way.

Buddy’s dad Walter is a workaholic with little time for family or Christmas. Walter initially thinks that buddy has been sent to his office as a joke and kicks him out. Buddy attempts to navigate the big city and connect with his family whilst bringing Christmas cheer to the whole city. 

This musical is a great family night out, enjoyable for adults and children alike. The stage set and backdrop were immersive and quickly transported you from the North Pole to New York City. There was no shortage of Christmas trees, lights, and tinsel. 

The opening scene was hilarious, and this energy continued throughout. I did feel some of the movies funniest moments were missing however Buddy’s maple syrup spaghetti still made it. 

The main characters were engaging and enthusiastic. The background dancers were adaptable and added a further level of energy to the show. I felt there was a good balance between storytelling and singing and I still have some of the songs stuck in my head.  The show finished with a feel good surprise that will have you leaving with the Christmas spirit.

Elf the musical is currently playing at the Dominion theatre until the 7th of January 2023. The show highlights the value of Christmas for bringing loved ones together so if you are looking for a fun family night out, I would recommend.


Reviewer: Tara Hammersley 

Image: Mark Senior