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Brendan Cole: License to Thrill – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe


With hardly any time to catch his breath Brendan Cole has Waltzed his way from Strictly Come Dancing before Christmas, to becoming a father on Christmas day (congratulations by the way) and now touring with his new show License to Thrill and thrill he most certainly does. From the moment the curtain goes up, those hips start writhing and they don’t stop until the curtain goes down and the lights come on.

Appearing with Brendan this year are Scott Cole (brother), Patrick Helm, Fauve Hautot, Melanie Hooper and Crystal Main, all worthy of their place on stage with the hip swinging master. Of course there is more to Mr Cole than just the swaying of hips, he is the mastermind behind this tour and knows how to play the audience firmly into the palm of his hands. This bad boy of Strictly has all the pizzazz, personality and charm needed to make it the success it is and means this is the 5th year he has toured, he obviously knows what he’s doing.

There are many dances to keep fans entertained from the Cha Cha Cha, the Sexy Samba, The raunchy Rumba and the tantalizing Tango to the more seductive Viennese Waltz and the quirky Quick Step. With songs ranging from Cry me a River, Save the Last Dance, The Way You Look Tonight and of course License to Kill. There is the usual question and answer session in the second half and it takes the usual saucy route it has in the past, but this just adds to the fun and shows Brendan’s natural cheeky side.

And it’s not just the chemistry between Brendan and his audience that are evident, there is string chemistry between all the performers and dancers, clearly having fun and ensuring many laugh out loud moments filled the evening. All kitted out in the finest and most glamerous of costumes, they were sexy and sophisticated – a perfect match to get the ladies and gentleman in the audience a little shaken and most definitely stirred. With musical Director Barry Robinson helping to keep the show running smoothly, the band and singers Julie Maguire and Iain MacKenzie help to accomplish a pitch perfect production.

All in all, License to Thrill is a FAB-U-LOUS (in the words of Mr Craig Revel Horwood) evening’s distraction and well worth the money and more than certainly worth the time.

Reviewed on Thursday 31st January

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