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Monday, December 01, 2014

Theatre Review: Dance 'Til Dawn

After the massive success of Midnight Tango, former Strictly pros Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have been touring with a new show - Dance 'Til Dawn - which has now arrived at London's Aldwych Theatre for a limited run.

Dance 'Til Dawn is a lot more light-hearted than Midnight Tango. It is set in Hollywood's golden age - the 1940s. Starlet Sadie Strauss (Flavia) and her leading man Bobby Burns, a cereal love-rat, are the darlings of the movies. But when Bobby is murdered, Sadie's co-star Tony DeLuca (Vincent), who has been trying to charm her, is framed.

The humorous story is pushed along by private detective Tommy (Teddy Kempner) and his nightclub singer client Lana (Abbie Osmon), who is desperate to cover up her own affair with Burns. There are a lot of 'rim-shot' jokes which deliberately break the kayfabe, but it all adds to the charm of the show.

The dance show features many different dance styles, not just the Argentine tango which the couple are famous for. There is quickstep, jive, ballroom tango and a prison paso with the campest backing dancers you can imagine. Vincent & Flavia are supported by an excellent company of singer-dancers, who support the stars without outshining them.

The whole thing is high-energy. There is very clever use of the stage sets to move the story on, too. There is also an excellent selection of music, which all has a 1940s sound, despite some of it being as up-to-date as Adele's Rumour Has It. The same is true of the costumes, which were designed by Strictly's Vicky Gill.

While I enjoyed Midnight Tango, and it's hard not to use that as comparison, Dance 'Til Dawn is definitely more my kind of show. It was fast, funny and fabulous.

If you're still not sure, here's a clip...

Dance 'Til Dawn is at London's Aldwych Theatre until 3rd January 2015, followed by a UK tour from late-January to early-May. To find out more, and to buy tickets, visit


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