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Spellbound head to Hammersmith for Mayday show (2011)


Story by Jack Foley

GYMNASTIC troupe Spelbound, whose acrobatic talents saw them crowned winners of TV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2010, will head back to the scene of their win over the Mayday bank holiday weekend – for one of just three scheduled performances in the UK (Sunday, May 1, 2011).

The performance will be a rare chance to see the multi medal-winning super troupe back in the UK since the public voted them the best hidden talent in the country last summer.

Following their win, Spellbound embarked on an intensive training programme and a long residency in Las Vegas.

At the end of last year, Spelbound, who won £100,000 for their BGT win, saw another part of their prize come to fruition, when they performed at The Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium, before the Prince of Wales.

This month, they also entered the Guinness Book of Records with a new world record performed on TV’s Blue Peter.

The troupe set the record for Highest Human Throw, when Edward Upcott was thrown 12 feet over a bar suspended in the TV studio.

Hailed as a potential curtain-raising act for London’s 2012 Olympics, the dazzling, daredevil 13-strong troupe (seven boys and six girls aged between 12 and 24) from Spelthorne Gymnastics Club in Ashford, Middlesex performed jaw-dropping displays on Britain’s Got Talent.

On May 1, the celebrated troupe return to the Hammersmith Apollo for a special family variety show for the holiday weekend, supported by local and international stage performers.

They aim to top their Britain’s Got Talent performance when they vaulted into the big time to the stirring music of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performing daring somersaults in mid flight, one handed handstands, four-man pyramids and even throwing one gymnast over the judges’ heads, drawing gasps from the audience.

Award winners all, each member of Spelbound currently holds, or has held, British National gymnastics medals whilst some have also won European and World medals.

Six members returned from the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships with gold medals in their respective disciplines – and they are currently training for the World Gymnastic Games in March 2011.

Tickets for the Hammersmith show – which starts at 8pm (doors 7pm) – are £30 adults (£25 concessions) or a family ticket for two adults and two children under 14 for £100.