CALLING ALL PINT-SIZE palaeontologists: there’s a parade of prehistoric creatures stomping their way through a world arena tour and you can see the curious critters come to spectacular life before your very eyes. Starring 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, expect to be sent all aquiver by the fiery roar and glassy red-eyed glare of a terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex – 23 feet tall x 42 feet long – or wonder at the majestic grace of a beastly Brachiosaurus – standing at a gargantuan 36 ft tall and 56 ft long. Tapping into our perennial fascination for all things dinosaur, this 80-minute show is based on the BBC’s award-winning Walking With Dinosaurs to create a show for all the family. Led by a running commentary from our expert palaeontologist and host Huxley (played by an actor) who takes you through the 200 million-year journey, detailing prehistoric wildlife history through the ages from dominance to distinction – when it all comes to a dramatic halt as a giant comet strikes. The stunning stage show, performed in large arenas (the largest dinosaurs weigh around 1.6 tons, and takes three people to operate), does contain some mild violence (a baby dinosaur is snatched from its nest and gobbled up by a predator, while another breaks a horn in mortal combat. The show is also designed to provide a fair amount of realism so it's quite a loud affair with the simulation of earthquakes, volcanoes and comets impacting the earth, along with the booming primal roars of the dinosaurs. There are some comic moments, too, with dinosaur flatulence and a teeny T-Rex trying to perfect his roar.
The UK tour continues at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena March 28–April 1, before visiting Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, London Wembley Arena, Nottingham and Liverpool. For details, visit www.dinosaurlive.com