Right folks, it’s time to get things back on track. And who better to lead the way than the Caped Crusader himself? Just when we could all do with a superhero, Batman Live heads to the Echo Arena next month.
There have already been good reports from this massive touring production. Audiences are greeted by a 3D Gotham City landscape, complete with buildings, soundscape and video animation prjected onto a 100-foot bat-shaped LED video wall. A 43-strong cast of actors and circus-trained acrobats bring the story to life.
Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, Batman Live focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero – the mysterious vigilante known as Batman. This is much to the dismay of his protective guardian billionaire Bruce Wayne, who as we all know is secretly Batman himself.
The production promises “a non-stop thrill-ride across Gotham City” that transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly’s Circus to the lower depths of Arkham Asylum, and from the glittering peaks of the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave. The show also boasts a larger-than-life rogues’ gallery includingThe Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
“Batman will be brought to life through this incredible stage show that will tour the world,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros consumer products. “As one of the most iconic characters in all of popular culture, Batman enjoys universal appeal and we think that fans of all ages will be amazed by this action-packed, live experience.”
One of the exciting elements of the show is said to be the eye-catching all-new Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray, known for designing race cars for some of the most successful teams in the world for Formula One racing, as well as the famous McLaren F1 road car.
Creative director Anthony Van Laast said, “It has been a thrilling journey for myself, the creative team and the company to develop the production from the early creative seeds, to the first day of rehearsals and now to the Opening Night. It is everything I hoped the show would be – exhilarating, impressive, exciting, dynamic and yet accessible – and I truly hope that the arena-going public have as much fun watching it as we have had making it.”
Batman Live runs from September 7 – 11, with tickets priced from £20.00 to £35.00 (excluding booking fee). For more information call the Echo Arena booking line on 0844 8000 400 or visit www.echoarena.com, and for more about the show, go to www.batmanlive.com.