Since the official debut in 1996, Michael Flatley has toured various productions of Lord of the Dance around the world, bringing this particular show, Dangerous Games, to the Dominion Theatre after a previous sell-out run at the Palladium in 2014.
With a new fantasy storyline based on the classic ‘good versus evil’, the breath-taking dancers transport you from one magical place to another, with a lot of intricate footwork, sparkly costumes and albeit some slightly random violinists and song interludes. Add in some wonderful video and lighting design and it really does become quite the visual spectacular.
As an ex-professional Irish dancer who has seen every show Michael Flatley has created, my expectations for the choreography and delivery were high, and I was not disappointed. Flatley and associate choreographer Marie Duffy Pask have done such an exquisite job in proving that Irish dancing is exciting and beautiful to watch, and in the case of this particular show, extremely sexy.
This is also testament to how strong and gifted the entire cast are, perhaps also helped by the occasional lack of much clothing which seemed to go down very well with the audience. As far as leading men go, James Keegan is an absolute joy to watch and is quite simply perfect in the role of The Lord. With an incredible stage presence, he dances every step with such passion and flair that it’s very easy to see why he has so many dance titles under his belt. His solo moments, along with the speed of some the tap numbers, are genuinely jaw-dropping and would impress even those completely uninterested in dance.
So if you want a night full of undeniable talent and Celtic music that will leave you clapping and dancing in your seat then this is the show for you. Look past some of the slightly pantomime characters – the Little Spirit and The Dark Lord are a tad cheesy and overacted – and let the show take you on a high-energy journey with some of the best Irish dancing on offer.
Review by Sarena McIlwaine
Following a sell-out West End run in 2014, Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games returns to London in 2015, with performances at the Dominion Theatre from 13th March 2015. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and mesmerising new choreography.
Directed by Michael Flatley, 40 of the world’s most outstanding young dancers and musicians take to the stage delivering electrifying performances that bring audiences to their feet night after night. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this ‘extraordinary and supremely stirring show’ (Daily Telegraph) combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance
Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games
Dominion Theatre London
Booking From: 13th March 2015
Booking Until: 5th September 2015
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Saturday 2.30pm
Saturday 4th April 2015