Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games

229648_2_previewTuesday night at the London Palladium and the house was alive with the sound of toe tapping on both sides of the curtain!

Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” does not disappoint if you are eager to witness some real dancing talent. Flatley’s latest spectacular has an engaging fairy-tale theme where good versus evil in a magical, mythical fairyland. Only Michael Flatley can transpose a “dance show” into a full scale West End spectacular.

Pop singer and Girls’ Aloud sensation Nadine Coyle performs three numbers in the show which were in my opinion nothing short of disappointing. It is obvious that Nadine is a pop star and indeed not a West End performer. The songs were bland and soulless and not pivotal to the plot in any way shape or form. Had Flatly been brave enough to take a leap of faith and not rest with the safe option guaranteed to pull the crowds due to her Pop star status, he could have secured real talent and a performer with a wider range guaranteed to reach the lower notes.

The male lead James Keegan who is an obvious Flatly replacement was a superb and engaging dancer with a lovely connection between he and his leading lady. This show really did have something for the whole family, dancing robots lit up with LED lights, the male dancers took their shirts off at a point and the female dancers who were reduced to their underwear to match a dance off with the sexy and dangerous lady from the dark side sent to tempt our leading man.

There is a constant theme running through the show that is not to be missed, the incredible acrobatic talent of the “Little spirit” a four time British acrobatic champion by the name of Alice Upcott. Not only does the audience fall in love with this delicate childlike mythical character but it makes for an interesting plot when the “Little spirit” is captured by the “Dark Lord” and his robots only to have the heroes of the stage dance to her rescue. A lovely use of the well-known hymn “Lord of the Dance” runs through the show with a Gaelic sound keeping the show close to its roots from the shores of Ireland.

All in all, another West End spectacular hit smash with the man himself joining the ensemble meeting rapturous applause for the last two numbers. If you can look past the obvious click track taps and appreciate the show for the structured talented dance show that it is then you are guaranteed an evening that will not disappoint!

Reviewed by Matthew Wren  

Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games plays at the London Palladium until 25th October 2014. Click here for tickets.