Holy Smokes it’s Batman Live

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HOARDS of caped crusaders filled the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle last night as Batman Live took to the stage.

I was eagerly anticipating the show on it’s five night stop to the city, and was certainly not left disappointed.

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, Batman Live tells the tale of Robin’s quest for justice.

Based on the story of young Dick Grayson who later becomes Robin, a circus performer who loses his parents to organised crime, the audience watches as he follows in the footsteps of his hero the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman, eventually uncovering his true identity and take his place alongside him.

This was a show like no other, with amazing acrobatics and circus performances, magical illusions, and stunning special effects to help tell the comic book classic.

For fans of the original DC comics, they were treated to parts of the comic shown on a huge bat-shaped screen at the back of the stage, where the comic pages unfolded to coincide with the on-stage action, as well as providing the backdrops for Haly’s Circus, Arkham Asylum, Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge and the Batcave.

Michael Pickering returned to their native north east to play the role of Robin for the opening night last night, who wowed the crowds with his mentor Batman, played by Sam Heughan, but it was The Joker played by Mark Frost, as ever, who really stole the limelight.

There were whoops and cheers as the incredible Batmobile came onto the stage, and fits of laughter when the duo did the obligatory Batman and Robin run.

All that was missing was the “pow” and “bam” signs from the early days of Batman.

All the top characters were there including cat Woman, Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and my favourite, The Joker.

It’s hard to definine what Batman Live is. It’s not a musical, nor is it a circus performance or a play. It’s a bit of everything all put together. A mesmerising show of epic proportions that would be impossible not to love.

Batman Live is at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena until Sunday, July 31.

Tickets are available by visiting www.metroradioarena.co.uk