Dangerous Games at the Palladium
Posted 21st August 2014
The Lord of the Dance launches at The London Palladium
Michael’s enthusiasm for the updated production and appearing at the Palladium is contagious. After weeks of rehearsals in Ireland, he’s pleased to bring what he calls ‘the best team in the world’ to perform with him, put together by a backstage team of ‘the best creative minds in the business.’
The level of talent concentrated in this production was overwhelmingly evident as the music rippled through the auditorium, and the stunning dancers burst onstage. The set is spectacular, featuring sensory-defying holograms and special effects that paint beautiful pictures and make this show – which began life nearly 20 years ago – incredibly modern. It takes the Lord of the Dance somewhere new and brilliant.
The score, written by renowned composer Gerard Fahy, is thrilling, and reflects a new, eclectic style of Irish music. Then of course, the talent exhibited by the dancers, the majority of whom are world champions of Irish dancing, is phenomenal. Sometimes it looks like they are dancing on air, at other times you are almost hypnotized by the precise, rhythmic thump of their feet. Intricate choreography combined with bolts of energy, attitude and striking new costumes, creates a high-octane spectacle that makes it easy to see why Michael describes his troupe as ‘sent from heaven’.
After the performance, Michael brought out the new stars of the show (pictured above)– who he says would ‘dance circles around me’– and his secret weapon, the beautiful Nadine Coyle (of Girls Aloud) who performs the title track. In the ensuing Q&A, Michael revealed that the strictly limited run will see his last ever performances, saying ‘it doesn’t get any bigger than the London Palladium, so it’s a great place for my final shows – we’ll give everything we have, every night. It’s been my dream for 20 years.’ Nadine Coyle was similarly enthusiastic saying ‘I’ve been a fan of Lord of the Dance for 20 years, and I’m still on cloud nine to be here at the Palladium’.
Above all, the launch reminded us that Lord of the Dance is family entertainment – for people of all ages, races, religions and languages; the legendary Michael Flatley is bringing a fabulous production, featuring some of the world’s greatest talent, live to the West End for everyone to enjoy. We strongly recommend you book now to see this mesmerising show – it’s going to be the hottest ticket in town.