Reviewed by Helen Noble
“ITV’s award-winning comedy celebrates over a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for ten series since it first broadcast in 2007. Derren Litten has now written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for the stage – after a quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go!
Book now for a dose of BENIDORM sunshine and see your favourite stars from the Solana live on stage for the very first time.
Starring Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) and featuring Neptune’s very own Asa Elliott, the official world premiere of Derren Litten’s smash-hit ITV comedy BENIDORM is set to bring sunshine and smiles to the UK and Ireland in the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show.”
If you enjoy the tv show then you will absolutely love the Benidorm live stage show, if you have never seen the show, it is still a must see as you can soon pick up the storyline which was based upon the undercover inspector, can you guess who it is????
The stage set up is cleverly done using the popular high rise hotels, the Solana hotel including mini balconies as the main back drop, an interchangeable spinning centre made smooth, quick change overs in between scenes and fabulous distraction by the other holidaymakers dancing and entertaining, The pausing and spotlighting scenes were a very effective way to move from one place to another although I laughed at Mateo as you could see he struggled to keep still. The sound was loud and clear, the lighting was excellent.
You have your main Star characters but in my eyes all the actors had centre starring roles with fantastic acting throughout. The tongue in cheek comedy has you in stitches. Especially in the ‘Blow ‘n’ Go’ where Kenneth is fighting off the advances from gay Derek, and with Jacqueline’s usual humorous witty personality and thrown in one liners you will be in fits of laughter from start to finish.
The second half is based in the hotels Neptune’s bar, where all the stars join in to produce the entertainment for the hotel guests, all trying super hard to impress the inspector(s). Shelley Longsworth (Sam) sings her heart out, Jake Canuso (Mateo) shows us his moves, Asa Elliot (Himself) who is from the cabaret circuit of Benidorm sings us some tunes and Adam Gillen (Liam) even takes to the microphone.
By the end of the show you will be singing and clapping along ‘EVIVA ESPANA’.
The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find.
You are welcomed by friendly smiling staff, who are more than happy to help in whatever way they can. Bag searches were carried out on entry into the main foyer.
On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, also a merchandise kiosk selling the famous Solana t-shirts as well as other memorabilia.
The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry.
There are plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue, one on Sharpe Street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra, If using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.
I thoroughly enjoyed Benidorm, I would highly recommend it, it’s a must see belly laugh experience!
Tickets cost from £18.50 to £42.50 (booking fees may apply).
Benidorm Live is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 29 October to 3 November 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000