Reviews Round-up of Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games starring Michael Flatley at the London Palladium
A reviews round-up of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games, a spectacular new show now playing at the London Palladium (until 25 October).
Average rating score for this production:
"What we mainly have, however, is the supremely stirring sight of the company standing in line, led by its creator, and powering its way through Lord of the Dance (Flatley’s Stairway to Heaven). The corresponding sight, of people casting off their British decorum and dancing in the aisles like fiends, is at least as moving."
"Michael Flatley may have passed his Lord of the Dance cummerbund on to a younger man, but there is no escaping his presence in the latest show. Part Cirque du Soleil, part Game of Thrones (with a little bit of Star Wars tossed into the mix), it looks more like a live computer game than a dance spectacular. Still, you can’t accuse him of not riding the crest of the zeitgeist, even if he catches every cliche going en route."
"Separating the precision-milled dance sequences are a handful of stupefyingly dull power ballads belted out by former Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle and a pair of female fiddlers who get the house clapping along."
"Some loved it, I concede. Michael Flatley’s Irish dance shows have filled theatres around the world and no doubt the Palladium will do strong business at the box office and at the Flatley souvenir stand and those sweaty, ill-staffed bars the lazy Palladium has. The fans voicing their delight seemed mainly to be women in their 30s. I am happy for them. But count me out. The Flatley production values are low-grade. His show isn’t even particularly Irish these days; just a globalised, sugary pulp."
"By far the best segments of this overblown show are those that consist of nothing more than traditional Irish dance done traditionally: those precision-drilled tapping lines of flying feet and motionless torsos. It’s magnificent to watch, but there’s not much variation and certainly nothing capable of sustaining a two-hour production."
Date: 10 September 2014
Written by: WestEndTheatre
Tags: London Palladium, Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, Michael Flatley