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Flashdance At The Kings Theatre - Review

Author: annahowelll Published: 15th May 2018 10:20

Last night saw the new touring production of Flashdance open at The Kings Theatre with all the neon fabulousness expected!

Everyone who lived through the eighties will know of Flashdance, or at least one scene in particular - even if you haven't seen the film - so the well-known template this company had to work with came with a lot of pressure, which could have led to disappointment if not treated with the respect this iconic film demands - But disappoint it did not.

Obviously, like most lycra-clad pop culture films of this Breakfast Club era, Flashdance is based largely on dancing - so who better to lead this production than a Strictly Come Dancing Professional champion like Joanne Clifton?

Joanne is the sweet petite bubbly blonde sister of fellow Strictly professional champion, Kevin, but whilst I was expecting to see a different class of dancing from her I was pleasantly surprised at just how amazing her singing and acting was too - Joanne Clifton, you little triple threat, you!

 This girl has the wow factor in bucket loads and will leave you breathless and looking for a charger cable attached to her as her high-octane and ridiculously fast-paced performance from curtain up to curtain down is simply astonishing!

Of course it's not just Jo helping recreate this dance masterpiece on the iconic Kings Theatre stage, she is backed up with a very impressive and charismatic cast of actors and dancers who all swap and change rolls and parts so seamlessly you will be left a little flabbergasted at the end when you can see just how many of them there actually are.

Jo's leading man is Ben Adams, lead singer of the noughties hit boy band A1, and together on stage these two create the most believable energy and chemistry, an excellent pairing which will have you swept straight in to the story of romance across class and obstacles they are telling.

The people behind this production are the same geniuses who brought us Footloose and Little Shop of Horrors, so clearly you can expect the same feel-good popcorn musical experience, but the one thing that stood out to me was how incredibly more difficult it would be to make Flashdance fit on a stage...

 Those of you who have seen the film will know how Alex's dream of being accepted in to a prestigious dance school is running parallel to her romance with her boss at the welding factory where she works, with lots of other people, welding things in a way that would almost certainly set any stage on fire!

However, what this production have done is nothing short of brilliant in as much as they have stripped almost the entire stage bare of props apart from a few blocks that doubled up as seats and bars, two giant, mobile staircases and four very 80's style light boxes.

These light boxes were as multi-talented as the cast, flicking from shadow to light to scene projections seamlessly like a narrative and were some of the best on-stage projections I've seen, despite one of them not working half way through the first half, which I only wanted to mention as I found the way that the actors worked round this was admirable and did not hinder the show at all because of their obvious commitment to each scene, before the stage crew had a chance to fix it during the interval - it was opening night don't forget!

All in all Flashdance is one of those shows that everyone will get a kick out of, whether it be for the love of dance, musicals - or just THAT water scene - It will have you up out of your seats singing and dancing along to the epic soundtrack which we all know and love - But it is only on till Saturday May 19th so book your tickets now by clicking here before they all sell out.

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