Review: Pirates Live at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome is a swashbuckling experience for the whole family to treasure

Pirates Live at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth. Captain Jack Hawkeye and Pirate Johnny played by J

Pirates Live at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth. Captain Jack Hawkeye and Pirate Johnny played by Jack Jay and Johnny Mac with James Franklin. March 2016. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Frills, spills and death-defying feats. This is what to expect when you take in the swashbuckling Pirates Live at Great Yarmouth's Hippodrome Circus.

In a show that delivers as many gasps as it does laughs, there really is something for every member of the family, as a cast of actors, acrobats and dare devils, provide a bountiful treasure chest of entertainment.

In the true spirit of a variety show, the performance combines stunning displays of acrobatics with slapstick comedy, pyrotechnics and cheekily placed pop-culture references.

The on-stage chemistry of duo Jack Jay and Johnny Mac as Captain Jack Hawkseye and Pirate Johnny respectively provides a super backdrop, however, it is fearless feats of the stunt people that really delivers. It's impossible not the be astounded by somersaults through rings of fire, and blazing limbo sticks.

Other highlights of the performance include a true heart-in-mouth moment courtesy of a spellbinding aerialist and even an appearance from a local musical celebrity - of sorts - in the form of a singer by the name of Ed Sheering.


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From start to finish, Pirates Live caters to audience members of all ages, with plenty of participation for children and sharp rapier wit tied in for good measure.

All in all the two-hour show provides a swashbuckling feast of fun, and an experience to truly treasure. Argh!

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