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ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE), in collaboration with Limelight Productions and ebp (Emma Brunjes Productions), today announces the world premiere of a new live interactive theatrical event, Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon. Based on the original series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, audiences are invited to enter the secret world of International Rescue in this theatrical event created by the teams behind Alice’s Adventures Underground, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Secret Cinema: Back to The Future and The Game’s Afoot.
Taking place at brand new venue The Buzz, performances will begin 7th November 2018. The Buzz is the first venue of its kind, and is being specifically built for immersive theatre at Mercato Metropolitano in Borough, SE1. In addition to the live interactive theatre show, there will be retail and dining offerings for visitors, creating a fully immersive entertainment destination.
Exclusive pre-sale ticket access is available from today for those following @BeyondThunderbirds on social channels, with tickets on general sale from Friday 27th April. Trudi Hayward, SVP Global Head of Merchandise at ITVS GE says: “This is an exciting new iteration of the Thunderbirds brand that will allow visitors to actually be immersed in the secret world of International Rescue, and we know that the experts at Limelight Productions and ebp will bring that world to life in incredible and remarkable ways through this interactive theatrical experience.”
Richard Lewis from Limelight Productions says: “Three years ago, I began a journey with ITV which will culminate this autumn in the opportunity to experience the world of International Rescue. Having watched the original series as a boy the iconic countdown, “5-4–3–2–1… Thunderbirds are Go!“ is enough to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. My ambition has always been to have our audience experience the visceral feeling of being rescued by a Thunderbird. It’s not an easy task, so much so that we have had to build our own venue in London to do so! Our extraordinarily experienced creative team is bursting with ideas and passion to make my ambition our reality. I can’t wait!”
Emma Brunjes and Ralph Brunjes from ebp comment: “When Richard arrived in our office and asked, ‘Would you be interested in Thunderbirds?’ it took us all of three seconds for us to shout, in unison, YES! As children we made our own Tracy Island, a memory that is very dear to us both. The opportunity to recreate this memory in full scale reality - and without the use of toilet rolls and papier-mâché - was too good to miss! Who doesn’t want the opportunity to be a child again? To explore, play and have fun! All our immersive productions have been technically and creatively complicated and encourage you to escape, but this one offers us the chance to push the boundaries even further. We are ‘beyond’ excited!”
THUNDERBIRDS: BEYOND THE HORIZON
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About Limelight Productions
Limelight Productions produces, co- produces and invests in a wide variety of theatrical productions both in the UK and internationally. It specialises in the development and adaptation for the stage of established TV and literary brands. It has been responsible for all the stage presentations of the phenomenally successful Peppa Pig brand since 2009. Its latest production, Peppa Pig‘s Adventure, is touring throughout 2018. Additional properties developed for the stage include: Teletubbies Live, LazyTown Live, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, The Fimbles Live, and Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure.
Other previous productions include: Ghost Stories (West End), Girls Night Out (UK tour), Good Night Mr Tom (UK tour and West End), Love Shack (UK tour), Fully Committed (West End), Babe, The Sheep Pig (UK tour) and the hit cult show, Singa-Longa ABBA (West End & UK tour). Currently it is presenting Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em throughout the UK for a six-month tour.
In the last 10 years Limelight’s productions and co –productions have generated in excess of £50 million worldwide at the box office and have performed to over 4 million paying customers. Outside the UK the company currently has productions running in Australia, the USA and Canada. Limelight is unique in the development of intellectual properties and provision of a complete range of creative and specialist skills required to bring a successful production to its audience. This includes: adaptation, design, tour booking, marketing, original music and lyrics, production management, merchandise and direction. All are coordinated by the operational team in the UK and via local territory partners worldwide. In the US alone, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash generated in excess of $13 million at the box office with the current follow-up production Peppa Pig’s Surprise on target to replicate the success in 2017/2018. The Peppa shows continue to break Box Office records in the West End each year over the Christmas period. With its proven creative base and established partners in every territory, Limelight is ideally placed to ensure the successful UK and worldwide rollout of Thunderbirds Beyond the Horizon.
About ebp – Producers & General Manager
ebp is an entertainment company specialising in Live Productions and Management. Founded by Emma Brünjes in 2013 and now led by Emma and her brother, Ralph Brunjes, ebp has quickly become a leader in innovative new productions with an Olivier nomination in 2016 for Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Stage Theatre Awards nomination in 2017 for Innovation. Productions include: Alice’s Adventures Underground (Shanghai); Adventures In Wonderland (Shanghai); Private Parts (UK Tour); Katie Piper: What’s in My Head (UK Tour); Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired (UK Tour); Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas at the Lyric (Lyric Hammersmith); Alice’s Adventures Underground 2017 (The Vaults); Adventures In Wonderland 2017 (The Vaults); Arlene! The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip (UK Tour); Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld (UK Tour); Ned Bolting Bikeology (UK Tour); Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film (UK Tour & Regent’s Park Theatre); Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre); David Gower, Chris Cowdrey & The Holy Bail (UK Tour & Lyric Theatre); Dinner at the Twits (The Vaults); Nina Conti: In Your Face (Criterion Theatre and UK Tour); The Game’s Afoot (Madame Tussauds); My Fair Lady 60th Anniversary Celebration (St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden); Alexander Armstrong: A Year of Songs (UK Tour & London Palladium); Alice’s Adventures Underground 2015 (The Vaults); Adventures In Wonderland 2015 (The Vaults); Wonderland Sessions 2015 (The Vaults); Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings (UK Tour, Palace Theatre); Blofeld & Baxter: Rogues on the Road (UK tour); Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special (UK Tour); Meow Meow: Feline Intimate (London Wonderground); The Boy with Tape on his Face: Cornucopia (Palace).;
General Management: A Little Princess (Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall); Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue (UK Tour); Taj Express ( UK Tour and Peacock Theatre); Grumpy Old Women LIVE (UK Tour); The Future of Small Scale Touring Symposium (Paines Plough, Royal Exchange, Manchester) The Three Lions (UK Tour & St James Theatre); Programming for City of London Festival (The Bowler Hat); Secret Cinema 21: Miller’s Crossing (Hornsey Town Hall); The EL Train (Hoxton Town Hall).
In May 2016 Emma joined forces with her brother Ralph to set-up Buzz Tickets, a bespoke new live ticketing provider. Representation: David Gower, Henry Blofeld, Joe Stilgoe, Ben Cajee & Daniel Norcross. Awards/Nominations include: 2016 Olivier Awards – nominated for Best Entertainment and Family; The Stage Awards 2017 – Innovation Award nomination (w/Les Enfants Terribles); The Stage Theatre Power List 2017 (w/Les Enfant Terribles). The Hospital 100 Club Awards – Nominated in Theatre & Performance.