Flash Mob

Opened 16 October 2012, Closed 4 November 2012 at the Peacock Theatre in London
Returned 27 May 2014, Closed 8 June 2014 at the Peacock Theatre in London

The return of Gary Lloyd's acclaimed dance show Flash Mob in London for a strictly limited two week season.

A dazzling production featuring a huge range of dance styles from Latin to lockin', from Celtic to contemporary, and from street dance to salsa. The show climaxes with an exciting finale that is sure to see the audience on its feet, taking the show's title to its literal conclusion as both cast and audience collectively experience the joy of dance through a shared Flash Mob. Featuring Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer from Strictly Come Dancing, Flawless from Britain's Got Talent, ZooNation's Tommy Franzén from So You Think You Can Dance, and Alleviate and Brosena from Got To Dance. Devised by artistic director Gary Lloyd, this show returns to London's Peacock Theatre following a successful season from 16 October to 4 November 2012.

"Television has done more to communise dance than any other medium by shining an interrogative light into dark, elitist corners as well as putting a new spin on an ancient form. Now stars of any programme with 'dance' in the title are coming to the stage to bring the live experience to the swelling ranks of fans. The trick behind Flash Mob is to bring together dancers who have made their mark in different disciplines... Each is allowed to make their mark only briefly before being neatly but firmly sewn into the whole tapestry in the second half... So contagious is their collective enthusiasm and good humour that they conclude by successfully getting the audience on their feet to perform en masse." The Daily Express

"The popularity of dance on television is a phenomenon of recent years... the involvement of non-dancers eager to look their worst in Strictly Come Dancing, the telly-dance boom has produced such jollities as So You Think You Can Dance and Got to Dance which hold a huge public by astonishing displays of hip-hop and are tremendously the experience of a youth culture, and significant, splendid. Flash Mob presents performers who have made an impact on the television public... The performers are eager, but they are urgently in need of direction that will shape abilities, give purpose to a display such as this by pruning and developing dance ideas, by focusing evident talent and removing the amateurish, the self-indulgent, and altering most of the costuming... The dancers went through their routines with good will, basic emotions and, for the most part, expressions of ecstatic delight or faint glumness. The audience screamed, clapped, and had a wonderful time." The Financial Times

"Flash Mob sounds as if it should be fun. Take a bunch of different dance styles performed by 'stars from your favourite dance reality shows' and let them loose on an audience ready to embrace the feelgood factor. Spontaneous, energetic and in your face, it's the kind of simple formula the Edinburgh Fringe loves. But, despite the commitment and good intentions, this is a lightweight and lazy show. As directed by Gary Lloyd, it embraces jazz and contemporary, Latin and tap, hip-hop and Irish dancing, all delivered in a succession of short and superficial routines, mainly duets... The cast is a mixed bag, from pretty hopeless to pretty wonderful. No surprise that the latter should be Tommy Franzen, street dancer par excellence and a powerhouse performer who can set an entire theatre on fire. Franzen is the show's galvanising frontman who brings the comedy to life and makes us care about the drama, what little there is of it." The Times

"When the dancers of Flash Mob ask the audience to join in with a dance-along routine, they get a giggly, enthusiastic response. It's a happy ending for a friendly show that brings together dancers from various reality TV dance series, in styles from hip-hop to Irish dance. The dancers create their own numbers, which makes for variable choreography but warm, committed performance... The stellar performance comes from Tommy Franzén. He shows both his street and contemporary dance sides, from weighted, curling moves to a sugar rush of a routine to the Jackson 5. He leads a cheerful rehearsal number with the other men, trying out styles and pretending to pinch each other's showiest moves." The Independent

Flash Mob in London at the Peacock Theatre opened on 27 May 2014 and closed on 8 June 2014.