Previewed 22 September 2016, Opened 28 September 2016, Closed 3 December 2016 at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Acclaimed dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in their brand new show Last Tango in London for a strictly limited 11 week season
Strictly Come Dancing's favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace present their third and final West End stage dance show.
The cast are headed by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and the show is directed by Karen Bruce with sets by Morgan Large, costumes by Vicky Gill, lighting by James Whiteside, sound by Richard Brooker, musical arrangements and orchestrations by Chris Egan and Matt Smith.
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's previous West End stage shows include Midnight Tango at the Aldwych Theatre in January 2012 and the Phoenix Theatre in January 2013 and Dance Til Dawn at the Aldwych Theatre in November 2014.
When this production opened here in September 2016, Lyndsey Winship in the London Evening Standard described it as being "a farewell stage show that surprisingly sidelines tango in favour of a smorgasbord of ballroom and Latin dance styles shot through with West End showmanship... It's slick, cute and retro, with comic skits and a live soundtrack of easy listening numbers. In other words: 100% Strictly... Effortlessly entertaining, feelgood dance." Neil Norman in the Daily Express said that "the problem is, of the show's 30 numbers, only four resemble the tango. The rest are a hotch-potch of pre-war and post-war songs sung and danced by the ensemble with a slick and soulless precision that fails to deliver the heart-pounding rush of previous shows... Vincent's flowing footwork is a well-oiled mechanism that rarely slips out of gear. Flavia is always a joy to watch with her willowy arms and shimmying derrière but her solo shot at a flamenco stomp is a dreadful error of judgment. As if aware that they have left something out, they perform a tango encore that is more electrifying than anything else in the show."
Last Tango in London at the Phoenix Theatre previewed from 22 September 2016, opened on 28 September 2016 and closed on 3 December 2016
The stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing - Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace - present Midnight Tango in London for a second strictly limited season.
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences with their stunning Tango routines on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Now they have created their own live show, Midnight Tango, which comes into London's West End in 2012. The show promises to be a breathtaking evening, bringing to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms. The cast for the 2013 Phoenix Theatre season features special guest Russell Grant who partnered with Flavia Cacace in Strictly Come Dancing.
Midnight Tango is set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace will be joined by ten of the finest Tango dancers in the world, and, between them, they will take the audience on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city, as danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion combine into a spectacular and explosive evening. Flavia Cacace explains: "It's very different to most other dance performances we've done. It actually tells a story. There's a beautiful set - it's all located in a bar in Buenos Aires. We've got two brilliant actors who are basically the bar owners. You spend two hours with us at the bar. Different characters come in, people meet, people have fights, people fall in love, what generally tends to happen. There is light and shade within it. All dance, no dialogue. It's a very clear story." The show returns to London following a successful season at the Aldwych Theatre in January 2012.
"For all its limitations, tango remains as popular as ever among the British public. It is not hard to see why, especially when danced with the spectacular histrionics of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, the Latin American dance specialists of TV's Strictly Come Dancing. Set in a magnificently seedy Buenos Aires nightclub, the show depicts 48 hours (or thereabouts) in the after dark life of the bar and its denizens... Clearly, this is a showcase for Vincent and Flavia but they have surrounded themselves with good dancers... The comedy element in the backstory featuring the corpulent club owner and his scowling wife is a welcome addition to what would otherwise prove a rather intense evening... Hugely entertaining." The Daily Express
"Midnight Tango is the first stage show created by Simone and Cacace, best known as professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing. Directed by Karen Bruce and produced by Arlene Phillips and Adam Spiegel, it's set up as an evening in a late night tango bar... It's a good-humoured format that builds up atmosphere and shows off its stars. Cacace and Simone push through the crowds, join group dances then slide to the foreground. They're tireless performers, dancing for most of the running time: nobody's short-changed by this show. Their dancing is sleek, with fluid lines and speedy footwork. Cacace is both lyrical and strong, with gorgeously open movement through her arms and torso. Simone partners her with sinuous authority." The Independent
"The slick and enjoyable Midnight Tango, opened at the Aldwych Theatre on Tuesday for a 10-week run, to be followed by a three-month national tour. The stars of the show, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, are regular partners on Strictly Come Dancing... The two stars are seldom off the stage. The well-drilled ensemble form an attractive backdrop for the stars but get little chance to shine in their own right. The singer, the engaging Miguel Angel, has a few solos and is backed by the excellent, home-grown Tango Siempre orchestra in their own arrangments of tango standards (La Cumparsita, El Choclo) and generous slices of the great Astor Piazzolla." The Sunday Telegraph
"Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace leave the well-worn formula of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing light years behind as they conjure up the midnight culture of a Buenos Aires tango club... It is far from the usual drilled West End show. The stage is full of dancing but each of the dozen performers remains real, often items off as well as on stage. Each of the six couples is separately featured but, as in the Argentinean tango halls, the action often revolves in clockwise circles, couples glued at forehead and hip... It is one of the best dance shows I have seen for some years and I guarantee you will feel a whole lot better for a visit." The Express on Sunday
Midnight Tango in London at the Aldwych Theatre previewed from 20 January 2012, opened on 24 January 2012 and closed on 31 March 2012 - returns to London at the Phoenix Theatre with previewed from 30 January 2013, opened on 5 February 2013 and closed on 2 March 2013.