Previewed 1 September 2014, Opened 3 September 2014, Closed 25 October 2014 at the London Palladium
Returned 13 March 2015, Closed 5 September at the Dominion Theatre
Transferred 10 October 2015, Closed 24 January 2016 at the Playhouse Theatre in London
The return of the multi record-breaking and multi award-winning The Lord of Dance in London at the Playhouse Theatre with the new show Dangerous Games - back by public demand for its third London West End season!
The cast for these performances at the Playhouse Theatre are led by James Keegan and Morgan Comer, who have both won every major title in competitive Irish Dance and Michael Flatley himself has both trained and hand-picked them to feature in this West End stage production. Please note that Micheal Flatley has now retired from performing on stage and there he does not appear at these performances.
Following a hugely successful eight week season at the London Palladium in 2014 and a six month season at London's Dominion Theatre in 2015, this epic new staging of Michael Flatley's original masterpiece Lord Of The Dance featuring new staging, new costumes and new choreography returns to London's West End at the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season from October 2015 to January 2016.
When this production opened in September 2014 at the London Palladium Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard said that Michael Flatley "returns with a new kitsch spectacular, complete with garish graphics," adding that "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." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail highlighted that Michael Flatley's "large troupe of dancers may be brilliantly fit and nimble, but they perform with no more soul than circus seals." Donald Hutera in the Times thought that "regardless of how it's packaged, the show remains a massive slab of kitsch — slick, supremely silly and at times diverting almost in spite of itself.... Flatley's young cast delivers plenty of fast and high steps despite their pasted-on smiles and an overamplified soundtrack of taps that usually don't match up to reality." Laura Thompson in the Daily Telegraph commented that "the technical demands of this fired–up Irish style are hard to overstate. The complexity of the footwork, the dynamism of the lower body, the elements of ballet and jazz and street, form an extraordinary whole."
After its World Premiere at The Point in Dublin in 1996, the original stage production of Lord of the Dance starring Michael Flatley opened the West End at the London Colisuem on 23 July 1996. Originally scheduled to play for just the one week, demand for tickets was so great that the show was extended, running for a total of four week. The following March the show was then presented for thirteen consecutive sell-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York, since when the show has toured internationally. Since the original Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, who was in the original cast of Riverdance, has devised and presented a number of other popular shows including Feet of Flames (1998) and Celtic Tiger (2005). Michael Flatley's The Lord of Dance: Dangerous Games had it's London premiere at the Palladium when it previewed from 1 September 2014, opened on 3 September 2014 and closed on 25 October 2014, it then returned to London for a six month season from 13 March to 5 September at the Dominion Theatre.
Dangerous Games: The Lord of Dance in London at the Playhouse Theatre opened on 10 October 2015 and closes on 24 January 2016.