‘Fizzes along at an entertainingly quick pace’: HERE COME THE BOYS – London Palladium

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London Palladium – until 6 June 2021
Guest reviewer: Zahid Fayyaz

This was certainly a rare treat in 2021: a packed-out West End show! Last year, the London Palladium was one of the venues to hold a pilot performance when theatre was trying to work out the logistics of how to safely get audiences back. A year later, the stunning building hosts an extremely entertaining dance show in the West End after extensive touring in pre-Covid times.

Here Come The Boys is certainly not complex on the face of it. Four dancers and their partners, alongside various backing dancers, entertain the more-than-willing audience with routines set to various famous pop songs. Links between the routines include beatboxing and comedy skits in order to allow the performers a chance to change costumes. The whole things fizzes along at an entertainingly quick pace.

The dancers in this case (well-known from Strictly Come Dancing), Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano di Prima and Robin Windsor are wonderfully skilful in executing their choreography and routines, with some head-scratchingly supple moves involved. They work through several different dance styles in the course of the evening, with Ballroom and Rumba being the stand-outs, along with a steamy section for the adults in the second half. Equally billed is Nadiya Bychkova who certainly lives up to this billing in her fantastic performance. The crowd roars appreciatively at several points, and there are even a few whistles, indicating how much of a crowd-pleaser the show is.

As a critic, it’s hard to covey the joy and fun of the show in words. It’s not super-sophisticated and it requires the mind-set of wanting to be entertained. However, the more you put into it, the more you get out. After the past year, you can certainly do a lot worse in terms of sheer entertainment in this fun, slick evening. The show has a limited run, so this comes with a strong recommendation to watch whilst it’s in town.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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