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‘Magic Mike Live’ review

Theatre, Comedy Hippodrome Live , Charing Cross Road Until Saturday April 25 2020
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Channing Tatum’s woke strip show is fun but a bit basic

Magic Mike on stage feels a bit like dating in London in my thirties: all the young, hot people got it on while I sat on the sidelines. But as a voyeur at this expensive strip-meets-cabaret show, there was some serious titillation: pains are taken to remind you that it has very much been made with the female gaze in mind. The romp unfolds in a faux-club built in Leicester Square’s already-slightly-seedy (in a good way) Hippodrome Casino, based upon the Xquisite strip joint from Steven Soderbergh’s surprise 2012 cinematic  smash.

The movie’s star Channing Tatum – whose IRL undressing escapades originally informed the film’s plot – is behind this theatrical reimagining, with London the second destination of ‘Magic Mike Live’ following a hugely successful run in Vegas. But it’s important to note that co-director Tatum (who, alas, merely lends his voice to the performance) has worked with a gender-balanced team and the sense that this is a safe space for women enshrouds the entire show, despite it being filled with semi-naked men. 

The plot (in the loosest sense) centres on Michelangelo – Mike to you – a waiter plucked from the crowd and trained in showing a woman a (consensual) good time by our female emcee, played by actor Sophie Linder-Lee. She sounds a bit like Jane Horrocks and makes a lot of jokes about ‘jizz’ and the tightness of her own vagina. Most of the ladies pulled to the stage for some public gyration were mega hot (so hot, it almost felt like they’d been planted), but it seemed the emcee was symbolic of the more average woman, and she was shown the sort of time we all want and deserve. It’s a sweet message (sort of), but the combo of her banterous interjections and the narrowly focussed audience interaction left me feeling very unaroused (and a teensy bit unloved).

There was just one dance that got me a bit wet, and that involved a sort-of posh paddling pool suspended from the ceiling. In it, Mike and a professional female dancer writhed half-naked in the rain as if in a XXX version of ‘The Notebook’. Hot. A ripped male cast (with more collective abs than Brazil’s Olympic diving team) has been formed from a talented troupe of international dancers, singers and musicians who are very easy on the eye and have very shiny skin when the clothes come off.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see them show off their… talents – especially in times when toxic masculinity is under the microscope. I mean, who knew tap dancing could be so sexy? But none of the performers (including one who was the spitting image of Tatum) had that roguish charm that the cast of the movies had, or their comedic timing. And, as it happens, there’s not a thong in sight. (But actually, maybe that’s a good thing.)

Rather than provide pure raunch, a thread runs throughout the night about how, as women, we deserve to feel empowered and appreciated. ‘You are enough, just as you are,’ declares our host just before the boys hump the floor to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’. It was like we were in a Bridget Jones time-warp. Magic Mike’s London outing doesn’t feel remotely like it’s been written for a woke London audience, especially with jokes as in-your-face as those bulges. But they were lapped up by the audience like the whipped cream used in one of the acts (a reimagining of 50 Cent’s ‘Candy Shop’). Go in the right mood with a gang of girls and this could be some kind of magic. But instead of needing a cold shower, I just left Magic Mike feeling a little bit cold.


Venue name: Hippodrome Live
Address: The Hippodrome Casino
1 Cranbourn St
Price: £25-£105. Runs 1hr 30min
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The BEST night out, full stop!!!!! It's amazing fun, super sexy, and if you're lucky, you'll get your hands on one of the guys too! 

As someone else has already said, there are a couple of plants in the audience, but it's done smartly so you don't feel bad that you weren't called up! Your opportunity for a feel comes when all of the guys come into the audience and slow dance with some lucky ladies. They handle it very well, and don't mind being stroked! 

If you want the best chance to grab an eyeful (or a feel!), sit in the seats with a table right near the stage. The guys all get on the tables to dance, which is a delight! 

Needless to say, I loved every minute! 


About the Magic Mike Live at Hippodrome Casino. 

Excellent dance and acrobatic spectacular from the troupe of hot guys, great atmosphere but i expected to see more exquisite dancing pieces. The cliche that bare torsos are captivating on its own, didn't really work. The best dance routine was actually with a girl dance partner, the rainstorm, where the main character  waiter Michelangelo was performing a love story water dance under the rain-shower. I also found the presenter a bit annoying as she was portraying women as desperate drooling species.

Fishbowl cocktails are served and actively offered throughout the show to keep the audience entertained.

I've been a Tatum fan for a long time and was so excited to see he was bringing the show to the UK- finallllly! I paid a little bit more for a ticket in the "splashzone" but it was totally worth it. The dancers recreate the vibe of the Magic Mike movies to a T, loved every second and they were a real eyeful. ;)

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