Review: Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill, Regent Theatre, Ipswich, February 15

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole - Credit: Archant

From the moment Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole stepped on to the stage, he had the audience in the palm of his hand. No-one doubted he could dance, but he proved his worth as an all-round entertainer.

The Licence to Thrill Tour got off to an explosive start and had the sell-out crowd entranced for over two hours.

Cole was ably supported by his brother Scott, Patrick Helm, Melanie Cooper and his dancing partner Fauve Herlot, a Flavia Cacace lookalike. But a special mention has to be given to Crystal Main who was returning to her home town for the show.

Licence to Thrill is just what a live show should be. A superb 12-piece orchestra, fronted by vocalists Iain Mackenzie and Julie Maguire, sparkling dresses, gorgeous girls, hunky guys and a smattering of humour. Brendan got everyone on to their feet with a short salsa lesson culminating in the classic Dirty Dancing finale – Time of My Life.

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