The Ladyboys of London – Hippodrome Casino
The show opens with a dynamic fire breathing act and straight from the start we know that this show is going to be unique and compelling viewing.
Hosted by the beautiful and talented Ladyboy Dee Chanelle, this fusion of dance and modern music alongside grand costumes makes this an unforgettable theatrical experience.
The Ladyboys, Geri Love and Donna Whitbread each bring something different to each number they perform and the individual segments offer newness and excitement. From fire breathing to a reworked jazz version of Big Spender and onto a sensational and bedazzling version of Rise Like a Phoenix (made famous by drag queen Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest) this show definitely has a ‘wow’ factor.
Choreographer Kamilah Beckles has done a superb job and the dance routines are fresh and creative combining a mixture of jazz and ballet which works very well in this compact space. The four male dancers work incredibly hard and bring a new dimension to the show.
The show in total ran for just shy of 50 minutes and although wonderfully staged was a little short. I would also liked to have seen more ladyboy numbers as the show relies heavily on the male dancers performing and filling gaps while the three Ladyboys change costumes.
That being said this is a unique show and definitely left me wanting to see more.
It’s venues like the Hippodrome Casino and shows such as The Ladyboys of London that make London a theatrical hot spot. If you’re looking for an alternative night out or want to experience something new and different then this show is perfect!
Reviewed by Matthew Wren Andrew