One of the biggest dancing and musical phenomena of the 90s was undoubtedly "Riverdance", featuring a certain Michael Flatley, however after a few creative differences with the producers, he left to create and choreograph the Irish dance sensation "Lord of the Dance" in 1996. Just one year later, it was performed at the Oscars and if that isn't crossing over then I don't know what is. The production has been performed to over 50 million people around the world, despite Flatley leaving the show in 1998 (to pursue another dancing dream with the successful "Feet of Flames").
The big news is that "Lord of the Dance" will return to the UK in the autumn for an arena tour. The even bigger news is that Flatley himself will appear in this version, along with a 40-strong troup alongside him. Although he has been touring with FOF in the Far East, this is the first time in 12 years he has don his dancing taps for his most treasured creation.
The new UK and Ireland tour starts on Saturday 30th October in Sheffield and continues on to Manchester (31st), London's O2 (3rd Nov), Birmingham (4th), Nottingham (6th), Liverpool (7th), Wembley (8th), Newcastle (10th), Belfast (12th), ending with a double-header at Dublin's O2 Arena on the 13th and 14th. Tickets are around the £40 mark for the UK dates, rising to £80 for the posh seats! The Dublin dates go on sale next Thursday (29th April) at 9AM, costing between 59.80 and 96.25.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to see Michael Flatley back in this country clicking his heels and giving it 200% in a stunning show that traces the fortunes of one man's desire to defeat an evil lord threatening to take over the kingdom. The whole story is loosely based on Irish folk-lore and a dash of good versus bad. Enjoy.