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Bat fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Batman Live to the region next month. Ahead of the show, Katy Wheeler found out more about what visitors to

the spectacle can expect.

THE creative team behind visual feast Batman Live, have unveiled key elements from the show ahead of its UK arena tour.

The extravagant Gotham City production, based on DC Comics characters and stories, has taken over a giant warehouse in West London as the temporary home for the set of Batman Live, where the 43-strong cast (made up of talented actors, performers and acrobats) rehearse the spectacular arena show.

An impressive custom-made stage, 100ft bat-shaped LCD video wall and 3D Gotham City set have all been designed especially for the show.

Creative director Anthony Van Laast, said: “It is so exciting to see Batman Live develop from an initial idea through to a full-scale show.

“We are in rehearsals now and seeing all the elements of the production come together – automation, programming for the flying sequences, acting calls, acrobatic training, fight choreography, music composition.

“This is the thrilling point in the pre-production when all the creative team gets to see their ideas brought to life by our exceptional performing company.”

Brad Globe, president, at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, said: “The world of Batman will be brought to the audience in a larger-than-life setting through this live stage show, that will captivate fans and enthrall audiences of all ages.”

Acrobats suspended in the air, fighting henchmen and stunning scenery are all part of the experience.

An impressive Batmobile has also been unveiled.

The aerodynamic vehicle has been designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer professor Gordon Murray, known for designing race cars for some of the most successful teams in the world of Formula One racing, as well as the famous McLaren F1 road car.

Gordon Murray, CEO and technical director of Gordon Murray Designs, said of his company’s involvement, said: “We at Gordon Murray Designs are proud to have designed the Batmobile for the Batman Live show.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply advanced materials and concepts to create a truly unique take on one of the world’s most iconic vehicles.”

Batman Live will tour arenas for the first time across the UK and Europe, beginning in July, and arriving in North America in August 2012.

l Batman Live is at Newcastle Arena from July 27 to July 31. Tickets are priced from £20 to £45. Tel. 0844 493 6666.