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Previewed 6 December 2007, Opened 12 December 2007, Closed 12 January 2008 at the Playhouse Theatre in London
The first major UK stage adaptation of Herge's legendary cartoon hero Tintin in London for a strictly limited Christmas season.
Join Tintin, his loyal dog Snowy and the curmudgeonly Captain Haddock as they battle to rescue their friend Chang, who has disappeared in a plane crash in the high Himalayas. With time running out, and rumours of the abominable Snowman prowling the peaks, Tintin and friends have a real adventure in store. The production presents a touching, imaginative adventure about friendship, which introduces this well-loved character to a new generation.
The cast for The Adventures of Tintin - Tintin In Tibet in London features Matthew Parish as 'Tintin', Miltos Yerolemou as 'Snowy' and Stephen Finegold as 'Captain Haddock'. Adapted for the stage by David Greig and Rufus Norris from the original 1960 story by Herge, this production is directed by Rufus Norris with set designs by Ian MacNeil and music and songs by Orlando Gough. Original production presented at the Barbican Theatre in 2005 by the Young Vic Theatre. Now, following a nationwide tour during 2007, Rufus Norris' critically acclaimed stage production arrives in London's West End for a limited Christmas season in the centenary year of Tintin's creator Herge.
"It takes a certain chutzpah to transpose a much loved cartoon strip from page to stage, but the dramatist David Greig and the director Rufus Norris have turned Tintin in Tibet into a show that more than merits its revival in the West End... I can't say that the tension is exactly unrelenting or the narrative exactly plausible - how can a boy climb 13,000 feet up in a cardigan and knickerbockers and not even one of the gloves he wears in the cartoon? - but the story is always lively and sometimes more than that... There's plenty of physical invention here as our intrepid adventurers edge across chasms or dangle and twist above the stage in air that's meant to be a sheer cliff face. There are also striking visual moments." The Times
"Rufus Norriss triumphant West End revival of his and David Greig's hit show Herges Adventures Of Tintin will appeal to younger children. Much of the pleasure comes from the perfect authenticity of the designs, which bring Herges much-loved illustrations to pulsating, clear-cut, three-dimensional life. Every colour, shape and exclamation is absolutely spot-on. Its also a well told adventure of courage, determination, yetis and hangovers, as the delightfully earnest boyreporter endeavours to find his Chinese friend Chang, who is missing, presumed dead since his plane crashed in the mountains... A superbly chilling scene (an embellishment on the original), in which Tintin stumbles across the crashed plane filled with ghosts begging to be saved from the fridge that is death, is guaranteed to spook the more suggestible infants. This is excellent stuff." The Mail on Sunday
"I didn't see Rufus Norris's much praised production at the Barbican two years ago. Now, in the centenary of the Tintin creator's birth, it has come to the West End after a short national tour. It really is a triumph of stagecraft... You can achieve a vast amount in the theatre by letting the audience's imagination do the work, but the genius here is a subtle mix of illusion with realism. Our suspension of disbelief is supplemented by some simple yet startlingly effective design, including a stunning 3D Himalayan backdrop seen through a picture window that slots down to frame the stage, and the production is not above a touch of technical flash, as when the wrecked cockpit emerges from the snow... Surprisingly gritty for a kids' show, it does not flinch from showing us the corpses in the air crash and leaves us with a lonely yeti rather than song-and-dance cheer. It doesn't have the uplift of more traditional Christmas fare but in an age where special effects know no bounds on the film screen, it's a delight to see action adventure realised in the theatre with such ingenuity." The Daily Express
Matthew Parish, who takes over the title role of 'Tintin' for the West End staging at the Playhouse Theatre says: "The reason Tintin is so popular around the world and has been for so long is because he's so cool, man! He travels around the world, he kicks ass and he does these amazing things. I'm sure there are some who can honestly say that it's not for them, but I think that for most blokes especially, they harbour desires when they're younger to travel and do things and meet people and help them, and that is what Tintin does. But he's not arrogant about it - he doesn't have that side to him that could turn you off him... [the director] Rufus was clear from the start of rehearsals that it should never look 2D on stage - we don't want people to think it looks like the book. So we've got a lot of freedom to be physically real as opposed to feeling bound by the need to recreate the book exactly. But there are also some specific moments in the play when I try to recreate an image from it, so I've looked at the books a lot to get an angle on some key physical aspects of him."
2007 marks the centenary of the birth of Tintin's creator, the Belgian artist Herge. Herge was the pen name of Georges Remi and The Adventures of Tintin have proved to be one of the most popular graphic novel creations of all time with over 200 million copies of the books being sold worldwide. Tintin has become a cult figure since his creation in 1929, winning a legion of celebrity fans including Hugh Grant and Nick Park.
The Adventures of Tintin in London at the Playhouse Theatre previewed from 6 December 2007, opened on 12 December 2007 and closed on 12 January 2008.