28 April to 2 May 2015
Reviewed by Anita Baxter
The Irish dance phenomenon visits the Liverpool Empire Theatre as part of its world tour with other cities: London, Dublin, Berlin, Tokyo and Moscow to name but a few with this sold out production. This production comprises of some 40 talented dancers, singers, musicians and acrobats which will visit a further 15 countries over the next 18 months.
When we arrived outside the Liverpool Empire I was so excited to be amongst the throngs of theatre goers having waited years to attend one of Michael Flatley’s shows. I handed in my ticket to the many ushers who assisted us in the direction of our seats.
The theatre was full, sitting in our seats surrounded by many excited friends and family mesmerised by the big neon sign on the stage.
As the music begins the house quietens and the show begins with Father Time Gigantic Clock. The story is of Good versus Evil. The Lord of the Dance dramatic production emerges from the dreams of the Little Spirit played by Jess Judge, an acrobatic gymnast, she is energetic throughout the show. In her dreams the Lord of the Dance played by Morgan Comer, Cathal Keaney and his chieftains whom try to defeat the Dark Lord played by Tom Cunningham , Zoltan Papp and his army of Dark Disciples. Morrigham the seductress played by Andrea Kren, Lara Milner Morrigham comes between the Lord of the Dance and his true love Saoirse played by Nikita Cassidy, Olivia Griffin and Niamh Taylor. While Erin the Goddess played by Rachael O’Connor puts into the songs that the dances convey. Then lastly the Fiddlers Giada Costenaro Cunningham and Eimear Reilly play beautifully throughout the show.
The magic of the whole performance, with spectacular visual effects including holograms, dancing robots, and the greatest team of Irish dancers in the world. You are so transfixed by what is happening on the stage that you almost miss the stunning video scenery. The music is haunting, dramatic and enraptures you throughout the show. I have to say the costumes were fantastic and you can’t wait to see what comes out next. The transition from one element of the production to the other was flawless with impeccable choreography and perfect timing. The show was everything and more than I expected and left me wanting more.
There was more than adequate numbers of staff on duty. All of which were very friendly and helpful. As a wheelchair user this ensured the evening went without a hitch and only added to the enjoyment of the experience.
An excellent show and theatre.
Tickets cost from £24.90 to £48.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool until 2 May 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017