Last Sunday I attended the Premier of P&O Cruises new show, Astonishing. A red carpet lined with fireworks and bubbles greeted the lucky guests, which included Coronation Street cast members, tv presenters Ben Shepherd, Declan Donnelly and Judith Chalmers, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and Eighties singer, Chesney Hawkes.
The last time I saw a P&O Cruises show, was onboard Ventura a few years ago. I’ve seen a few cruise shows in my time and as an ex professional singer, I can be quite critical of them. I have to say that after seeing P&O Cruises’ latest show, they have put themselves back on the map for offering world class entertainment.
Astonishing is the culmination of a dream by BAFTA-winning entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern, who produced the show with Jonathan Wilkes. The show has been choreographed by Paul Domaine who has worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
As people were entering the theatre, they were given an envelope. I took one and bravely sat in the front row. No-one knew what to expect, and people were a little apprehensive of sitting up front. I threw caution to the wind and went for it. We had also been given a miniature bottle of Lanson Champagne and a paper straw. This is the first time I have attended a Celebrity Premier, so I’m not sure if this style of drinking is the norm, but I was happy to go with it.
The show started and was captivating from start to finish.
It’s not just a magic show, Astonishing is a production that takes you through eras, emotions and journeys, that completely captivates the audience. The costumes, dancing and vocals are equal to the standard you would expect in the West End or on Broadway. The music is fun and engaging and the cast connect with the audience in a way that makes you love them.
Despite being so close to the stage, I could not see any clues as to how they created the illusions. Even during the mesmerising ultra violet scene, you still couldn’t see anyone on stage other than the dancers. Credit for this goes to Guy Barrett, (son of World acclaimed circus ringmaster Norman Barrett) who is the master illusionist behind the spectacular trickery.
Here are some photos from the show.
As the show drew to a close, the final trick was the mysterious appearance of Stephen and Jonathan on stage.
After the show, guests were treated to Eric Lanlard’s signature afternoon tea, which is served on all seven P & O Cruises’ ships. In the meantime I went in search for my favourite tv personalities.
Astonishing can be seen onboard P&O Cruises ships Britannia, Azura and Ventura this summer. With 7 night cruises from just £549pp. Click here for offers.