Kate Bush comeback: Critics hail 'one of the most ambitious shows in history'

Kate Bush photographed on her live comeback at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Credit: Murray Chalmers PR

Kate Bush's comeback gig has received rave reviews from most British newspapers, with one critic placing it among the most ambitious pop shows in history.

The singer's first show in 35 years featured smoke cannons, actors dressed as fish and a helicopter rescue - as well as a domestic scene featuring toad in the hole.

It's quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage.

Andy Gill, The Independent

As if that wasn't enough, it also featured some of her biggest hits, including Hounds of Love and Running Up That Hill - though no rendition of Wuthering Heights.

However, much of the set focused on two suites of lesser-known songs that were dramaticised in typically eccentric style.

Hers is a large scale spectacle, vividly realised and unlike anything else in town.

Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Tickets for the run of 22 shows at Hammersmith Apollo - all 80,000 of them - sold out in less than 15 minutes after they were announced, while the first night was billed "the musical event of the decade".

It appears to have lived up to expectations, with fans and critics alike effusive in their praise.

This was a triumphant return by one of our greatest, most original and influential music stars.

Simon Cosyns, The Sun

A number of celebrities, including Lily Allen and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour - who discovered Bush as a young talent - were in the crowd, and many were equally thrilled by the performance.

Meanwhile, fans at the venue told ITV News' Neil Connery Bush had not "lost anything at all" despite her years away from the stage.