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Magic, dance and mystery: an Astonishing sneak peek


Get a behind-the-scenes look at Stephen Mulhern and Jonny Wilkes’ game-changing show for P&O Cruises, and enter to win tickets to the premiere

Stephen Mulhern and Jonny Wilkes

Stephen Mulhern and Jonny Wilkes

P&O Cruises entertainment line-up is set to become even more impressive this summer. Astonishing, a revolutionary magic and illusion show produced by BAFTA-winning presenter and entertainer Stephen Mulhern and performer Jonny Wilkes, will premiere on Azura, Britannia and Ventura in June.


While the details are still under wraps, the show will combine the production talents of Stephen and Jonny with the spectacular dance moves of leading choreographer Paul Domaine and the mind-blowing trickery of master illusionist Guy Barrett, creating a multisensory show that’s sure to wow audiences.


‘Astonishing is a show like no other, and I get goosebumps just thinking about it,’ says Stephen. ‘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.’


Jonny Wilkes added: ‘It’s 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 groundbreaking.’


‘As its name implies, Astonishing is an extraordinary and visionary show that is unlike anything seen before on a UK stage,’ said P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow. ‘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.’


View the Astonishing teaser video with Stephen and Jonny >


Prize draw

Want to be among the first to see the show? We’re giving away 75 pairs of tickets to the Astonishing premiere on 17 June 2018 on board Britannia in Southampton. During this magical afternoon, you and a guest will enjoy pre-show drinks before the main event – a performance of Astonishing – followed by afternoon tea.


To enter, click the competition link in this month’s Explore email. Entries will be accepted between 25 March and 1 April. See the competition entry page for terms and conditions. Good luck!