9-14 January 2017
Reviewed by Peter Allen
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the first night of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. Flatley’s tap dancing heavy metal heaven, this is his latest show, although it did initially premiered in London back in 2014. Since this date it has toured the globe bringing the delights of Irish dancing to every corner. As in his other shows, Dangerous Games is about Good and Evil. The Lord of the Dance (James Keegan), being the Good and The Dark Lord (Zoltan Papp) with his army of disciples trying to take over his magical powers.
The story starts with a strange but captivating video introduction by the man himself, Mr Flatley and his young son. This leads onto the main show with some amazing flexibility and gymnastics by the Little Spirit (Jess Judge) before a good old introduction by the other major stars in the show, Saoirse (Erin Kate McIlravey), Morrighan (Andrea Kren) and of course the rest of the dancing cast.
We were then taken through several scenes with a mix of Irish dancing, tap aided by an unusual background of amazing colours and scenery shown on a massive video screen, as wide as the stage. I must say the array of costumes were very raunchy and hugged the outstanding figures of both the male and female dancers. The dancing was excellent and I was totally amazed once more at the tap dancing skills by the star of the show James Keegan. Flatley was not missed in this show as his previous persona was well passed through his apprentice.
The story continues with the Dark Lord bringing on his army of Robots in what appears to be a battle of love, between Saoirse and the seductress Morrighan. Who will win the heart of the Lords, wait and see. Throughout the show you will be enchanted by the two fiddle players, Giada Costenaro Cunningham & Nicole Lonergan whose skills were outstanding in the speeds and accuracy of their playing, whilst quickly moving around the stage. Let’s also not forget the singing solo performances by Erin the Goddess (Sophie Evans), telling the story via song.
The story ends in the usual way with a dance off between the two Lords, completed by several encores from the cast. This was an energetic performance from Flatley’s “babes” and will keep you tapping your toes throughout the evening.
I would give this show 4.5/5. The cast and dancing is enchanting but the story was a little strange to follow. A perfect night out for all age groups, including young families.
Tickets cost from £25.15 to £48.65 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games is at the Liverpool Empire Theatre until 14 January 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017