Lord of The Dance returns to Birmingham with new lead dancers
Legendary Irish dance show Lord of the Dance is set for a triumphant Birmingham return in spring 2015, though its creator Michael Flatley will not be taking to the stage when the production comes to Symphony Hall.
The US dancer, who first shot to fame in Riverdance, is directing an all-new production of the show called ‘Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games’, and although he is making some stage appearances during a 200-date world tour Birmingham will not be one of them.
Instead Flatley said the spotlight would be on a new generation of dancers as part of a show that has been reworked from the ground up.
“Now I bring young stars, and stars they are,” he said. “My happiness now is to watch them dance.
“It is now an honour to bring new young people, young stars to the stage. They have unbelievable talent and the world needs to see it.”
The tour kicked-off in London in September, with a run at the London Palladium in the West End.
The tour opening did see Flatley appear on stage, along with singer Nadine Coyle, but the dancer said that would be the last time he did so.
“It’s my last performance and what a great place here for me,” he said. “I have always loved the West End since I was a little boy and I have had a place in London since 1996.”
The new show stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith as the ‘Lords of the Dance’ and is choreographed and directed by Flatley
Speaking about the show, Flatley said: “I’m blown away by the remarkable talent and abilities of the great cast we’ve gathered.
“The show has changed quite dramatically since the beginning. There are probably four numbers that are the same. Those are relatively unchanged. The rest of the show is completely new.”
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography and a cast of around 40.
It also features new music by composer Gerard Fahy.
The recent London shows were the start of a tour that will take in more than 200 dates across 15 countries over the next 18 months.
A Symphony Hall spokesman said: “For more than a decade, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance has thrilled audiences around the world.
“This is a chance to experience the magical adventure of sight and sound, as this spectacular new production storms the Symphony Hall stage.
“Starring 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers, this latest iteration combines all-new features with the best of tradition.”
However, making it clear that Flatley would not be performing when the show comes to Birmingham, the spokesman added: “Please note that although Michael Flatley and Nadine Coyle will perform on some tour dates, they will not be appearing in the performances at Symphony Hall.”
The Symphony Hall shows run from May 22-26 2015 and tickets cost from £33 to £43.50, with a £3 transaction fee. To book visit www.thsh.co.uk or telephone the Box Office on 0121 345 0600.