6-17 October 2015
Reviewed by Laura Fairbairn
Wow! What a fun night! When I first arrived at Venue Cmyru I was stunned – the whole building was lit up on the outside in the pink that has always been associated with Dirty Dancing – it looked amazing! I walk past the theatre almost every day and I have never seen it lit up in this way – it was beautiful and is definitely something that I would like to see done again, it really adds to the atmosphere!
Inside the theatre was lit up in the same way and the atmosphere that it created was great! The foyer was buzzing with excitement – admittedly it was probably about 90% women but there were still some men there and they didn’t seem to mind all the pink 😉
When we took our seats in the theatre the buzz didn’t disappear – there were lots of very excited people waiting for the show to start although I think perhaps the hen parties in there were getting a little restless!
The thing that first struck me about the show was the costumes – they were very brightly coloured and lots of fun – they had clearly been thought about very carefully by the costume department and reflected what was seen in the film.
The dancing was sensational from start to finish and immediately noticeable was that from Lewis Kirk (Johnny Castle) and Claire Rogers (Penny Johnson) – they are two of the lead actors so it stands to reason that we would notice them first but they definitely deserve some extra recognition for their style and delivery of dances and moves that have become iconic since the film.
Two of my favourite things about the show were the set and the way in which it was used by all the performers and the band. The band spent most of the time above the main stage and this was fantastic for the audience who were able to see everything that was going on when usually the band is hidden from view – a very fun and refreshing change! I don’t want to give too much away because the surprises are fantastic, but the way in which the set was used to portray iconic scenes such as the meadow, the lake and the tree/log was simply brilliant!
It felt, in some way, as though the whole audience was waiting for the final scenes from the film because when it came to ‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner’ the place erupted! The atmosphere was electric and when it came to the end of the performance the cast got a very enthusiastic, very well deserved standing ovation.
If you want an evening full of laughter, high emotion and fun then this is definitely the show for you! I would go again tomorrow if I could!
5 out of 5 stars is a definite for this tour of Dirty Dancing.
Tickets cost from £10 to £40 (booking fees may apply).
Dirty Dancing is at Venue Cymru in Llandudno until 17 October 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01492 872000.
Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1BB | 01492 872000
Venue Cymru, Llandudno