‘Fiercely entertaining dance contest’: HERE COME THE BOYS – London Palladium ★★★★

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London Palladium – until 6 June 2021

Here comes the sun, here comes some form of normality and most importantly, Here Come The Boys. In their West End transfer, following a successful UK tour, four of Strictly’s favourite boys take to the stage to showcase their impeccable dance skills and take us on a journey of styles and music.

Backed by an excellent ensemble of professional dancers, Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Robin Windsor and Graziano di Prima are joined by Strictly celebrity finalist Karim Zeroual, who also hosts the night in a fiercely entertaining dance contest. The audience play they key role in “deciding” who wins each round and ultimately becomes the King of Dance. The boys are also joined by Nadiya Bychkova who is utterly brilliant and serves some girl power realness throughout.

A latin filled first half, followed by a ballroom and swing filled second half mean there’s something for everyone, with Karim’s tiktok segment also proving an audience favourite. The selection of top 40 music, combined with great mash ups and reworked versions of classics works really well, and the resident DJ does a great job of engaging the crowd, although it perhaps would be nice to have some aspect of live performance, just to add some extra oomph.

It’s a show which knows exactly what it is and thrives off of giving the audience completely what they want. Of course the dancing is outstanding but aside from that there is witty banter between the performers on stage and cheeky smiles, winks and bum-wiggles with the audience.

Here Come The Boys almost feels like the winning combo of Magic Mike and Strictly Come Dancing. There are moments that feel highly cheesy but what else would you expect? It’s a really fun, glitzy and enjoyable night out that’ll leave you smiling and tapping your toes, what more could you want?

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Always surrounded by music from a young age, Olivia Mitchell is currently completing a degree in Classical Singing. To honour her passion for musical theatre in particular, in 2015, she started her blog Rewrite This Story, where she reviews shows, interviews performers and writes about all things theatrical. She tweets via @RewriteThisWeb.
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Always surrounded by music from a young age, Olivia Mitchell is currently completing a degree in Classical Singing. To honour her passion for musical theatre in particular, in 2015, she started her blog Rewrite This Story, where she reviews shows, interviews performers and writes about all things theatrical. She tweets via @RewriteThisWeb.

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