Latest Review – Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular [Manchester Arena]


Manchester Arena

2018-19 European Tour

First staged in Australia back in January 2007, and having now been seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities across the globe, the groundbreaking, global smash hit, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, now returns for what is being billed as its final ever tour, so if you’re still to catch the must-see production live then now is most definitely the time to do so.

Based on the award-winning BBC minseries of the same name, and costing a colossal $20 million to stage, the epic arena show takes audiences on a journey through the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs, using state of the art technology and animatronics to bring to life several of the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth.

With each of the dazzling life-sized puppets (18 in total) weighing several tons, the sheer size and scale of the dinosaurs is what really elevates this production, combined with an extraordinary attention to detail that sees the creatures think, breath, emote and generally come to life in front of our very eyes.

As educational as it is entertaining, the updated new production (using the latest scientific research, including the potential feathering of some species) offers an informative and captivating insight into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretacious Periods, exploring the splitting of supercontinent Pangea, the transition of the deserts, and the formation of the oceans, through to the giant comet that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, with Michaela Strachan hosting as ‘Huxley’ the palaeontologist.

Artistic Director William May and Director Scott Farris ensure the slick, well-paced production is as consistently impressive as the title would suggest, with James Brett’s cinematic score, John Rayment’s superb lighting design, and of course, the jaw dropping creature designs of Sonny Tilders, further adding to the overall spectacle.

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular proves an enchanting and unmissable experience for all the family, and its longevity and jaw dropping quality is testament to the vast number of animatronic designers, engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists, and many others that go into bringing such a vast production to life.

Running Time: 1 hour and 40-minutes (approx.), including one 20-minute interval.

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