The Royal Albert Hall is renowned for events consisting of everything from La Boheme to Comedy and Cabaret. To add to its list of varied and exciting shows, Pirates of the Caribbean is hopefully one of many that they will be offering.
This was, shamefully, the first time I had ever been there so as one can imagine I was even more impressed. The building alone leaves you slack jawed and in awe of its architectural mastery, and collecting my tickets to go in it was hard to not get excited. Thankfully there were plenty of staff to help me along in my stupor, all of whom were decked out as pirates – they really go all out with this.
The hall is absolutely gargantuan and I spent the better part of the pre-show trying to get the best picture of it – impossible. I didn’t think I could get more excited, until my friend shifted slightly and discovered that the seats moved. That’s right – they really need to have this on a brochure or something because it is absolutely genius. Your chair swivels to ensure that no matter where you are you will always have the best view in the house. And no more of that awkward getting up to let people walk past you.
It’s a great day out for families, there were lots of them when we went; however they’ve got it covered for those of you that feel movies and children do not mix, conveniently doing both matinee and evening performances. Children laugh at the comical antics of Sparrow whilst the rest of us swoon over his drunken charm – it’s a win-win. There was an intermission to give your legs a stretch and lots of pirate usherettes refuelling the hall with ice cream; even a Captain Sparrow impersonator walking around and delighting everyone with a spot-on performance. So good in fact we questioned whether it might actually be Johnny Depp.
As an experience it’s a once-in-a-life-time kind of thing, and a definite way to impress. We spent the better part of the day short-listing more movies that this would be well worth doing this for- Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and Avatar are in the top 5.
In all honesty, if I had not been watching them, I would not have believed that I was listening to a live orchestra. They were so perfectly in sync that it could not be faulted; so much so that you would find yourself getting sucked into the movie and occassionally not paying as much attention to the music. They had everything covered, a sheet to recreate thunderous claps, shakers and even a small choir for those ominous Gregorian chants.
Needless to say, it is as epic as it sounds – keep your eyes peeled for more like it, I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.