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Prepare to be Astonished when you cruise with P&O

There was an Astonishing celebration in Southampton at the weekend when BAFTA-winning presenter and entertainer Stephen Mulhern and performer Jonathan Wilkes launched a revolutionary magic and illusion show produced for P&O Cruises.

Celebrities at the premiere on P&O’s flagship Britannia included ITV’s Declan Donnolly and his wife Ali Astall, Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard, singer Chesney Hawkes, Coronation Street’s Tristan Gemmill and Matilda Freeman as well as Eastenders and Holby City actress Nadia Wadia.

Declan Donnolly with ‘Astonishing’ creators Stephen Mulhern (right) and Jonathan Wilkes at the show’s premier

The show is being staged on Britannia and Ventura and is to be introduced on Azura.

Stephen Mulhern said: “Astonishing is a show like no other and I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Producing this show with Jonny is the culmination of a dream for me. I obviously don’t want to give anything away so all I will say is that it does exactly what it says on the tin and the audience should be prepared to be amazed.”

The show combines the production talents of Stephen and Jonathan Wilkes with the spectacular dance moves of leading choreographer Paul Domaine and the trickery of master illusionist Guy Barrett.

Jonathan Wilkes added: “It has been a long time in the making but the show is now ready and we know that it’s certainly going to be astonishing. We’ve partnered with some of the best in the business – Guy Barrett who is Mr Illusion and Paul Domaine who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Elton John and Stevie Wonder – and we’ve come up with a show that is truly ground-breaking.”

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow commented: “As its name implies, Astonishing is an extraordinary and visionary show that is unlike anything seen before on a UK stage.

“Bringing together the world of magic, dance, illusion and mystery, and using the latest technology of the giant LED screens in the theatres, the show will captivate our guests and have them tapping their toes whilst gasping in disbelief as they are wowed with dazzling dance moves and seemingly impossible feats.

“With plenty of surprises for the audience it takes entertainment to an entirely new level and is truly game-changing.”

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Posted on 19th June 2018 at 10:33 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | P&O Cruises |

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