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Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games

Published 4 September 2014

What’s it all about?

A Brechtian-inspired metaphor on the battle between…. I kid, you know what this is about already; Michael Flatley is back with his world famous dance entertainment that brings all the colour, glitter, cheesy fun and camp delights of a Las Vegas show to the London Palladium.

There is a loose storyline of sorts that pulls together the phenomenal Irish dance and mind-boggling acrobatics in one sparkling explosion of neon lights and skimpy sequins, as good battles evil in a dance to the death to claim the most covetable of titles, Lord of the Dance (there’s a belt and everything). With the help of snazzy projections the action moves from mystical green lands filled with unicorns and butterflies to fiery hell-like depths where a robot army rules. Pretty trippy.

Who’s in it?

A hugely talented company of dancers that create a rousing chorus of tap, snap and more taps as they dazzle the audience with the show’s fast-moving sequence of entertaining numbers. While each member is as exceptionally skilled as one another, they do receive charismatic leadership from one of three Lord of the Dances alternating the role. In the case of press night it was James Keegan who admirably whipped the crowd into a frenzy, beaten only in impressiveness by gymnastic champion Alice Upcott who defies nature flipping and contorting in an endearing performance as Little Spirit.

There are two star names yet to be mentioned of course. Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle, who for selected performances is on hand to provide musical relief, and Flatley himself. The former dazzles looking every inch a pop superstar, while Flatley proves he still is the true L of the D, creating a Michael Jackson-like frenzy as he steps out in his bejazzled MF jacket.

What should I look out for?

Have I mentioned there are unicorns involved? How about Daft Punk-inspired robot stormtroopers? There’s also more sequined costumes than an evening of Strictly; the woman are pretty in pink – or temptress red on occasion – and the men provide the danger. That’s not to say they don’t rock the occasional purple glittered waistcoat of course…

In a nutshell?

Michael Flatley continues to give his audience exactly what they want with a night of dazzling dance that brings the razzle dazzle of a Las Vegas show to the West End.

What’s being said on Twitter?

‏@eliza_songz Tonight’s show of LOTD was incredible. Cannot wait to see it again. Well done to @MichaelFlatley and the cast of @lordofthedance

@1feoluwaAdedeji What a legend @MichaelFlatley! Well done Lord of the Dance crew, you all got my feet tip tapping.

Will I like it?

With Lord Of The Dance you probably already know if it’s for you or not. Something everyone should experience once, this is a brilliant first time taste of Flatley’s unique creation. And if you’re already one of the sensation’s millions of fans? This show won’t disappoint.

Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games is playing at the London Palladium until 25 October. You can book tickets through us here.


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