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Mad for ‘Madagascar’

5 reasons to grab the kids and hoik them to 'Madagascar The Musical' at Aylesbury Waterside from 14 Sept. Did we mention the X-Factor winner?

Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and a troupe of pesky penguins explode on to Aylesbury Waterside’s stage next month (Thurs 19 – Sun 22 Sept) in Madagascar The Musical.

Fancy it? Here are five reasons you should book tickets pronto to see the cracka-lackin’ crew.


1 It’s DreamWorks innit!

If you’re children loved the DreamWorks’ animation on the big screen (the whole franchise has grossed almost two billion pounds, so I’m guessing that they did) then this is a dead cert winner. The show follows the plot-line of the first film – the pampered and slightly neurotic starts of NYC Zoo find themselves shipped off and marooned on the African island of Madagascar – and has all the movie’s favourite characters and iconic songs.


2 Short and sweet 

Does your child like to move it, move it a leetle bit too much? At just 100 minutes, including the interval, the show is the perfect run time for wrigglers, fidgeters and little people aged 3+.


3 There’s a mega team behind the scenes

It’s not just about what happens on stage you know! A huge effort has been put into the making of the show with a whopping 19 people in the backstage team making sure everything runs smoothly on stage from the Stage Manger and Head of Sound to Spot operators (who control the spot lights) and the Flyman who operates huge ropes on the sidelines to lower props and scenery (if that huge Central Park sign falls down, now you know who to blame!).


4 The costumes

Image: Mark Dawson Photography

You’ve gotta hand it to the wardrobe team because the costumes really are awesome – the cast actually look like they’re real animals (fun fact: Melman the giraffe is 2.7m tall when his neck us extended). Plus there are a grand total of 30 costume changes throughout the performance, guaranteed to captivate budding fashionistas and those with short attention spans.


5 It has the X-Factor – literally  

Image: Mark Dawson Photography

And finally, we can’t forget about X-Factor winner Matt Terry who takes on the mane (geddit?) role as Alex the lion in his musical theatre debut. Not only does he have one hell of a pair of lungs on him, but he leaves the stage just twice in Act Two, and only long enough to take a sip of water. Now that’s dedication.

Madagascar The Musical is showing at Aylesbury Waterside on Thurs 19 – Sun 22 Sept.
Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG. Tel: 0844 871 7607. General tickets from £13. 


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