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The talented team at Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) are back with another hit show at The Cresset with Elf The Musical running until November 27. ESP's Mikey Clarke was there for opening night...

Only a cotton-headed ninny muggins wouldn’t want to see Elf The Musical!

Almost everyone I know considers watching the movie Elf as one of their favourite Christmas traditions. It's most certainly mine.

The beloved holiday film is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy that follows an orphan named Buddy in his quest to find and bond with his biological father, after discovering that he himself, is in fact, not an Elf - something he'd spent most of his life thinking.

Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help them remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Peterborough’s multi-award-winning Peterborough Operatic & Dramatic Society (PODS) are performing their musical adaptation of this festive classic right now through until November 27 at The Cresset.

I had the pleasure of watching the opening performance and loved every minute of it - as did the entire audience (young and big-kids alike) who laughed and tapped their feet throughout. It most definitely unleashed our inner elf.

As the they say in the movie, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear, and this show is crammed full of musical numbers - some of which I'm still whistling away to.

I was slightly apprehensive about watching the show - after all, Elf remains one of my favourite movies. The bar was high. I needn't have worried. Following the sell-out success of Hairspray and their acclaimed production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I should have known we were in safe hands with PODS.

If anything, the musical numbers enhance the story.

The cast were superb and the sets were breathtaking. Credit to the team behind the scenes for making the most of the space, transporting us to the North Pole and New York City.

So, don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins and make sure you get your tickets now on 01733 265705 or visit

ESP Rating: 4/5

Mikey Clarke


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