Craic-ing good time with Lord of the Dance in Ipswich

Spare a thought for the Lord of the Dance cast this weekend; I wouldn’t want to perform an estimated 151,200 taps in the space of two hours after celebrating St Patrick’s Day. That’s if they even get the chance to down a few in his honour.

Helping catapult Irish dancing into the global spotlight, more than 60million people have seen the show since it was created by the owner of the world’s fastest feet Michael Flatley - not appearing in this tour - in 1996.

Amazingly Lord of the Dance was conceptualized and staged in just 16 weeks.

With more than 40 performers, including Irish dance champions from around the world, it’s gone on to become the most popular touring dance production in history.

Still shattering box office records, it’s a blend of different dance styles rooted in the traditional form of Irish dance which has evolved over more than 2,000 years. A classic story of good versus evil based on old Irish folklore; it’s a magical, mythical journey cum love story. As the tale unfolds, the Little Spirit travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of the dark lord Don Dorcha.

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Comprising 21 scenes of dramatic dance and music, it features state-of-the-art lighting and pyrotechnics and a multi-media set design incorporating video screens and elevated platform effects.

If you fancy a craic-ing time, Lord of the Dance runs at the Ipswich Regent tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.

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