The principal cast for Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at London West End’s Playhouse Theatre has been announced.
The role of the Lord of the Dance will be played by James Keegan, Morgan Comer and brothers Cathal and Fergal Keaney, who have all been hand-picked and directed by Michael Flatley. All four have won multiple World Irish Dancing Championship titles. Sophie Evans and Rachael O’Connor will share the role of Erin the Goddess.
Sophie Evans was runner-up on the very popular BBC series Over the Rainbow in 2010, and was subsequently chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the alternate Dorothy in selected performances of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in 2011. Sophie took over the role full time from February to September 2012. She has most recently starred in You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews at St. James Theatre.
Read our exclusive interview with Sophie Evans when she was playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Rachael O’Connor came to the nation’s attention after becoming the last girl standing in Kylie Minogue’s team on series 3 of The Voice UK on BBC One. Rachael made her West End debut in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the London Palladium in 2014.
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games showcases exciting and ground-breaking new technology, world champion acrobats and the greatest team of Irish Dancers the world has seen.
The cast at the Playhouse Theatre will be led by James Keegan and Morgan Comer, who have both won every major title in competitive Irish Dance. They were hand-picked and trained by Flatley himself and have starred in the West End and UK touring shows of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. Michael Flatley, who has recently retired from UK performances, is excited to hand over the reins to such talented performers. The score is composed by Gerard Fahy.
Flatley said, “I’m delighted that London has once again welcomed us so warmly, and to be able to extend the show’s run by moving to the very beautiful Playhouse Theatre makes me feel immensely proud of what we’ve achieved. I am delighted for my dancers that they can continue to perform in this great city.”
Based on Irish folklore, this classic tale of Good vs. Evil, expressed through the universal language of dance, has thrilled audiences worldwide It’s the story of the Little Spirit, who travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord.
As this dark power challenges our hero, the adventure draws you into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire, created by a masterfully orchestrated combination of precision dancing, state of the art lighting and pyrotechnics.
10th October 2015 to 3rd January 2016
London, WC2N 5DE