The Crash of the Elysium

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The Crash of the Elysium is a one-hour theatrical work created originally for children by the British company Punchdrunk, centred on the unexplained disappearance of a Victorian steamer named the Elysium and its investigation by the Eleventh Doctor from the television series Doctor Who.[1] It premiered at MediaCityUK in Salford from 1 to 17 July 2011 as part of the Manchester International Festival, with a central narrative idea from Steven Moffat and written by Tom MacRae. It features the Weeping Angels[2] and footage of Matt Smith as the Doctor specially recorded for the show.[3] Its target audience is children from 6 to 12,[4] with adults allowed in if accompanied by a child on "family" shows. A number of adults-only shows were subsequently added following requests from the public. On 16 July 2011, Matt Smith made a surprise visit to the show,[5] appearing in character in place of the final video sequence.[6] The show was remounted in Ipswich in 2012 as part of London 2012's Olympics festival.[7]

Alfred Hickling of The Guardian awarded the production five out of five stars.[8]


  1. ^ Lyn Gardner (8 June 2011). "The Crash of the Elysium: Punchdrunk children only". The Guardian. London. 
  2. ^ Alfred Hickling (3 July 2011). "Theatre review: The Crash of the Elysium | Media City, Salford Quays | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  3. ^ "The Doctor Who News Page: The Crash of the Elysium". 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Manchester International Festival site". Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - Matt Smith drops in on Doctor Who theatre show". 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Doctor Who actor Matt Smith steps out of his Tardis at Salford Quays for surprise MIF appearance | Manchester Evening News". 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  7. ^ Mark Brown, arts correspondent (1 July 2011). "final paragraph "The Crash of the Elysium will travel to London next year as part of London 2012, the cultural festival celebrating the Olympics."". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  8. ^ Hickling, Alfred (3 July 2011). "The Crash of the Elysium". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2011.