By Alan Davies
Thursday, January 3, 2013
NOW that Strictly Come Dancing is over for another year, Brendan Cole is turning his attentions to his new live show – Licence To Thrill.
The professional dancer, who partnered Olympic cycling golden girl Victoria Pendleton in the latest series of SCD, will embark on a 32-date tour this year, with a show at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, February 9.
“When you are competing in Strictly it is all-consuming and the mind must be completely focussed on the job, looking after your partner and all that goes with getting ready for the Saturday show each week,” said Brendan, who partnered Welwyn Garden City model and radio presenter Lisa Snowdon to third place in the 2008 series.
“Now I am finalising all the plans for the Licence To Thrill tour which is going to be our best show yet, full of drama, passion, fantastic music and dancing and, hopefully, a lot of fun.”
A night of ballroom and Latin magic awaits in this Brendan’s tribute to the style of Bond. Licence To Thrill is Cole’s follow-up to his debut theatre tour Live and Unjudged, which he toured the UK with for three years.
“Live and Unjudged was my debut theatre show, I loved every second of it and was very proud of all that we achieved with it,” said Brendan.
“With the new tour it’s very exciting as there will be a new cast, new choreography, new costumes, new music and putting that all together is a challenge but something I really enjoy doing.
“When initially thinking about ideas for the new tour I knew I wanted to stage a sophisticated show with a huge evening of dance, music and chat.
“The inspiration for the Bond theme of Licence To Thrill came from the classy elegant persona that Bond gives and in this the 50th year of James Bond it seemed fitting.
“A couple of the big music tracks associated with Bond are being used and the lighting and costuming will be reflecting that as well.
“One of the big songs is Gladys Knight’s Licence to Kill, hence the Licence to Thrill title. There will also be a dance-off between the male dancers done with capes to Live and Let Die which I’m really excited about.”
Joined on stage by five other dancers and 14 musicians, Brendan and his cast are set to dazzle audiences with scintillating music and choreography in this dance and big band extravaganza.
He said: “With the musical selection I also wanted to make sure that there was something to suit everyone’s taste, so from Nat King Cole to Kylie Minogue to Michael Buble there is a real mix of artists and styles making it a very diverse show indeed.
“Helping creatively on this process has been my musical director Barry Robinson, who along with his phenomenal band and two amazing vocalists, Ian Mackenzie and Julie Maguire, are set on stage throughout the evening which really does make for an audio and visual treat.
“Dancing to a live band is really special and enhances the whole show, making it an evening full of some of the best entertainment in the country.”
The tour opens in Aylesbury on January 20 and reaches Hertfordshire on February 9.
Call the Watford Colosseum box office on 0845 075 3993 for ticket details.