Review: The Last Tango

Photo by Manuel Harlan

Photo by Manuel Harlan

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Until: Saturday 5 December 2015
Performance Reviewed: Tuesday 1 December 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

With Strictly back on our TV screens, it’s nice to see favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace on stage as they dance their way around the UK with The Last Tango – their farewell tour.

Beforehand I had no idea what to expect, having never seen any of their previous tours, but I was more than pleasantly surprised with this production – it is so much more than a ‘Strictly’ routine.

The simple, but effective, set by Morgan Large, shows an older gentleman named George (Teddy Kempner) rummaging around in his loft and reminiscing when he finds various things from yesteryear. Vincent Simone plays the younger version of him and Flavia Cacace is the girl he falls in love with. The story takes us from their first meeting, through through their lives, and tells a beautiful story of both love and loss through dance.

Not only are there beautiful routines and costumes but the musical numbers are also fantastic, with a range of big band songs, by Matthew Gent. Songs include At Last, Beyond the Sea, Blue Skies, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Magic Moments and When I Fall in Love. 

From start to finish I was entranced and gripped by the storyline, the routines, the music…The Last Tango is so much more than a dance production, it is a full-scale theatrical production that does not disappoint.

In fact, it does disappoint – but only because it is the last tour from these two fantastic performers who have worked together for over 20 years. Their experience with each other shows and it’s wonderful to see, it’s a shame I’ll never see another tour from them but The Last Tango allows them to go out on a high.

Be sure to see this show when it is in Scotland, it will be in Glasgow until Saturday 5 December, Edinburgh Playhouse, from 7 – 9 April, Inverness Eden Court from 31 May – 4 June and Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre from 13-18 June.