Tap Dogs - Novello Theatre

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Venue Information
Novello Theatre

Novello Theatre
5 Aldwych

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.

Tap Dogs

Having been seen around the world, “Tap Dogs” makes an anticipated appearance in the West End, with the Novello Theatre providing the stage for what is set to be a glorious evening of tap dancing. From the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995 to the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2003, the show is still going strong after fifteen years with thousands of worldwide audience members dazzled at the sheer spectacle on display.

The show first made its way to the stage at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Devised by the Australian dancer and choreographer Dein Perry, the show has also been seen by an international audience when it was showcased at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

One of the descriptions of “Tap Dogs” refers to it being a combination determination and strength of the workman and the talent of tap dancing. As a result, audience members witness a passionate evening of tap with a difference as a dancing team, dressed as construction workers, take to the stage, which itself is presented as a busy work site that celebrates the steel making community, complete with scaffolding, ladders, girders, ropes and more.

With Dein Perry working as the choreographer, the music is provided by Andrew Wilkie, whilst Nigel Triffitt takes on the role of both designer and director. Perry is a Laurence Olivier Award winning choreographer who won the award alongside David Atkins in 1995 and then won it on his own a year later. He is a truly talented choreographer and dancer who has enjoyed a successful career; upon leaving his home town of Newcastle, Australia, he wanted to embark on a life as a dancer, landing a part in the musical “42nd Street” in Sydney. He soon decided he wanted to make a more contemporary show and one that would look at the his own industrial background, so with a grant from the Government, he got to work and pretty soon, the world would be treated to the “Tap Dogs” phenomenon. He employed the talents of Nigel Triffit and composer Andrew Wilkie and turned the world of tap on its head.

Tap Dogs makes its anticipated appearance at the Novello Theatre from Tuesday 15th June 2010 to Sunday 5th September 2010.

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 15th June 2010
Booking Until: Sunday, 5th September 2010
Matinees: Friday 6pm, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3pm
Evenings: Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday 8pm, Friday 9pm
Show Status: production_closed
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