Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

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Michael Flatley

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Nadine Coyle (The Goddes Erin)

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Alice Upcott (Little Spirit)

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James Keegan (Lord Of The Dance)

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James Keegan (Lord Of The Dance)

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James Keegan (Lord Of The Dance)

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Michael Flatley

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Michael Flatley

Dominion Theatre, Holborn Until Saturday September 5 2015
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Michael Flatley's back! And this time he's brought along Nadine Coyle, for some reason

Michael Flatley's 'Lord of the Dance' returns to the West End in March 2015. This is a review of the 2014 run. Flatley will be performing on Friday and Saturday nights from May 8 - June 27.

And, lo! He has come, our saviour, ready to lead us high-kicking away from the forces of darkness. Well, all right, so Michael Flatley has stopped short of selling this reboot of the spangled, turbocharged Irish dance formula that he’s been peddling around the world for 20 years, as the Second Coming.  But only just: the programme is a breathless exercise in hagiography, and the show opens by recounting  Flatley’s own story of how hard work and blistered feet turned to glittering success.

It feels more like the start of a motivational event than a dance show, but to be fair, Flatley’s achievements have been considerable: over the course of a few decades he’s taken an art form little known outside its native Ireland and made it enormously popular worldwide.

This ‘epic new spectacle’ hangs by a thread from a nonsensical plot: a ‘Little Spirit’ summons the forces of good and evil with her flute, and they then do battle against a fantastical backdrop, evoked by some very strange computer graphics: part ‘Transformers’, part ‘Care Bears’, part Lucky Charms advert. The costumes, too, are bizarre, running the gamut from robot costumes to trashy catsuits (the female dancers are cast, alternately, as whores and saints).

Through it all, at intervals, wanders former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, looking faintly dazed as she delivers a clutch of distinctly unmemorable songs – penned by regular Flatley collaborator Gerard Fahy – that are, in the main, too low-pitched for her voice.
But none of this, of course, matters as much as the dancing, and it is frequently spectacular.

James Keegan, one of three dancers here inheriting Flatley’s mantle as Lord of the Dance, whirls around the stage in a blur of scissor-kicks and charisma, and the impact of the whole-company unison routines is still breathtaking. When Flatley himself emerges – much later in the show than the advertising would have us believe – to lead his cast through a series of high-octane numbers, we’re reminded of how much more powerful his work is when he ditches all the flimflam, and lets the dance speak for itself.

Venue name: Dominion Theatre
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Address: 268-269 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7AQ
Transport: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: £25-£55. Runs 2hr 10min

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2 hours of show when only perhaps one hour is about the famous Irish dance and the rest is about Nadine Coyle singing (not impressed and not what we were there to see), a "little spirit" lizard like fairy thing pretending (badly) to play the flute, some random 2 girls pretending to play the violin (badly) and some computer graphics that were a bit meh. The rating stars go to the dance part that was amazing. Next time maybe do an hour dance only show without trying to create a basic plot around it and it will deserve 5 starts.