Tap Dogs

Opened 19 September 1995, Closed 7 October 1995 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Previewed 20 March 1996, Opened 27 March 1996, Closed 29 June 1996 at the Lyric Theatre
Opened 15 June 2010, Closed 5 September 2010 at the Novello Theatre
Opened 23 October 2018, Closed 10 November 2018 at the Peacock Theatre

The return of Dein Perry's Tap Dogs to London for a strictly limited season.

The Award Winning tap show that combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing. The adrenalin-pumped cast inject raw power and passion into the ultimate visual dance spectacular. Upside down or evem on water, they perform world-class routines in this most original and revitalised tap sensation. Devised by Dein Perry and directed and designed by Nigel Triffitt with music by Andrew Wilkie.

"The Tap Dogs phenomenon exploded on to the London scene with all the raw pulsating energy of a pneumatic road drill. Yet merely to welcome them for a blast of fresh air they blow through the rather high camp image tap dancing has acquired over the years is to overlook the iron discipline and genuine Terpsichorean skills their burly choreographer Dein Perry has instilled into his testosterone troupe. This is dancing of a very order indeed and the audience, packed to capacity roared its welcome. And rightly so." The Daily Mail

"Dein Perry's original conceit was inspired: a former machinist in an Australian steel town, he used the idea of a building site as the setting for his show. The cast take the kind of materials you would expect to find there - ropes, metal beams, ladders, planks, even blow torches - as the inspiration for a series of dazzling and sometimes dangerous routines... The show has its moments of goofy humour and self-deprecation, along with plenty of competitive camaraderie and sporty bonhomie. The Six Basketballs number, in which all six of them throw basketballs while tapping furiously, is a terrific display of timing, while Upside Down, a solo performed literally upside down while tapping on the ceiling, is a brazen example of tap derring-do... exhilarating." The Times

"Now 15 years old and as slick as they come, this hugely successful show returns in its winning format: six engaging and highly accomplished hoofers don worksite gear and are put through their paces, tapping on every surface (all microphoned and heavily amplified) and using a welter of industrial props from guy ropes to spark-producing grinding tools... Lighting and staging are quick, slick and highly accomplished, and the music, delivered by two rock chicks in a raised gantry, includes more drums than even they can shake a stick at. Be warned, the first three rows of the stalls are given plastic ponchos to protect against sweat and water, which flow freely throughout." The Financial Times

"Tap Dogs is back in the West End for a 12-week run at the Novello. Dein Perry's show began life in Australia in 1995 and has since become a global phenomenon, with cloned productions clogging programmes doggedly from Broadway to Beijing. It remains a slick, likeable night out but it doesn't have the wit or variety of Insane in the Brain, nor is it the percussive nuthouse that was Stomp... Even Astaire at his finest didn't tap for more than a few minutes. Nine minutes would be a marathon; 90 is getting close to purgatory." The Sunday Telegraph

Tap Dogs was originally seen in the UK at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe Festival prior to a London season at Sadler's Wells Theatre which won the Olivier Award for 'Best Theatre Choregraphy' for Dein Perry. This production toured extensvely both in the UK and around the world.

Tap Dogs in London at the Peacock Theatre opened on 23 October 2018 and closed on 10 November 2018