Get a personalised letter from Santa

Tin Tin's Tibetan adventures are a tremendous treat

PUBLISHED: 17:14 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010

HAVING grown up on Tintin, I approached this live-action version of his comic book adventures with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation, writes Mark Campbell.

HAVING grown up on Tintin, I approached this live-action version of his comic book adventures with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation, writes Mark Campbell.

Herge's Adventures of Tintin, first staged by the Young Vic in 2005 and now running in the West End's Playhouse Theatre, is an adaptation of Tintin in Tibet, in which the title character searches for an old friend in the Tibetan mountains, against the better judgement of those around him who fear he's been killed in a plane crash.

It is one of the most esoteric and mystical books in the canon, and deeply personal to its creator Georges Remi (AKA Hergé).

Directed by Rufus Norris, the show starts with a demented dream sequence, fantastically choreographed by Toby Sedgwick, that tries to make up for the resultant lack of action by having Tintin fight an assortment of baddies and their henchman.

When the story proper kicks in, the pace slows considerably and despite many visually arresting sequences, the two-hour running time does seem a trifle long, especially for the younger members of the audience.

That said, the casting is fabulous.

Tintin is perfectly played by Matthew Parish as a wide-eyed innocent, while his loyal friend, the loveably absurd Captain Haddock, is brought to life magnificently by a hirsute Stephen Finegold.

Snowy begins life as a real dog before transforming into actor Miltos Yerolemou in a curly wig.

Although somewhat overplayed, his boundless energy and constant canine antic (especially when drunk) are often hilarious.

In contrast, a planeload of twisted corpses makes for a very eerie scene that seems out of place in this otherwise child-friendly show, and the Yeti himself, when finally sighted, is a toweringly scary figure with a heart-stopping roar.

But there is enough good-natured clowning, clever jokes and ingenious stage effects to offset the occasional darker moment.

Paul Arditti's sound design is tremendous, while the stark white set by Ian MacNeil is augmented by Joan Wadge's colourfully evocative costumes.

Herge's Adventures of Tintin is on at the Playhouse Theatre, London, until 12 January 2008. Box Office: 0870 060 6631.

Latest news

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Fri, 08:15

Ravens beaten by Peterborough United in FA Cup last weekend despite brave effort

Fri, 07:00

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Parents sporting ‘Say Yes To Bullers’ T-shirts packed into Bromley Civic Centre for the closing of a planning inquiry into a proposed school.

Wed, 07:00

There are three weeks left to donate to this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal and help to give families in need some happy memories around the festive period.

Tue, 08:54

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez in Anerley have charged a 23-year-old man with murder.

Most read

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24