Monkey: Journey to the West arrives at The O2
"This unclassifiable extravaganza will be a hot ticket wherever it travels, and deservedly so." - Guardian
"a sensual delight and a life-enhancing triumph" - Evening Standard"Monkey: Journey to the West is a ravishing fusion of circus, dance, theatre, animation, martial arts and song." - The London Paper
After a phenomenally successful run, wowing audiences around the world to exceptional acclaim- Monkey finds a new home in London. See 'Monkey: Journey to the West' in Monkey's World in the Meridian Gardens, next to The O2. A purpose-built theatre has been created especially by the Monkey team, to host a kaleidoscope of incredible animation, spectacular visual effects, acrobatics and martial arts. People are invited to immerse themselves in Monkey's World from the minute they step inside. A bespoke theatre with interiors designed by Jamie Hewlett and the Monkey team, this brand new event space includes a bar, restaurant, foot massage parlour and a VIP after show area.
President of International for AEG Live, Rob Hallett says, "Monkey is a unique show which transports the audience into Monkey's World and celebrates all aspects of Chinese culture, and so it made sense to create a unique environment for the performance. This will be the first time in London that an opera has inspired the design of its own theatre! Monkey is more than just a show - it's a true live extravaganza."
Featuring a cast of over 40 Chinese performers including acrobats, silk dancers, contortionists, volcano soldiers, skeleton demons, a Mongolian Kung Fu pig and a singing starfish. 'Monkey: Journey to The West' tells the story of Monkey's quest for redemption and enlightenment as he accompanies the monk Tripitaka to bring the sacred Buddhist scrolls back from India. The brainchild of highly-respected artists, Monkey: Journey to the West is directed by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng. The show's graphics, animated video projection, stage and costume design is by Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz and recipient of the 2006 Designer of the Year Award), with the score composed by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen) and performed by an orchestra of Western and Chinese instruments. Between them they have produced something so magical and enchanting that it begs to be delivered to a wider audience. Entertainment for both young and old alike, the Financial Times described the show as "a sure fire evening of family entertainment."
Unsurprisingly it caught the attention of the BBC, who commissioned the team to produce the idents for the 2008 Olympic Games, taking Monkey to the masses. Over 100,000 people in England, the US and France have already experienced the magic of Monkey at sold out shows in Manchester, Paris and Charleston. It's been a summer of Monkey, with a sold-out season at London's Royal Opera House in July, entrancing critics and fans alike. The album Journey to the West was released last month and debuted at #5. Entirely in Mandarin, it's the first album of its kind to chart in the UK.
Tickets for Monkey: Journey to the West are priced £25- £65 and go on sale to the public at 9am on Friday 12th September. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 0844 856 0202
The show dates are: 8 November - 5 December 2008
Thursday and Saturday matinees will be priced for family. Suitable for children 7 and upwards.
To view a one minute preview of Monkey: Journey To The West, please visit:www.fleshtp.co.uk - Username: aeg / Password: 1minpromo