Review: Dance ‘Til Dawn, The Mayflower, Southampton

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Imagine a Raymond Chandler plot nailed to a Strictly Come Dancing episode and you’re getting a fair way towards the new vehicle for the talents of the BBC show’s Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone.

If you ever found yourself watching the film LA Confidential and thought that it was lacking in big dance numbers, then this is the show for you.

The plot, such as it is, is mostly narrated by hard-boiled private investigator Tommy, played with great humour by Teddy Kempner,who finds himself embroiled with scheming femme fatales, mobsters and film-making in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

But things are kept light and breezy, and there’s plenty of humour – a fight-cum-chase scene as a dance routine is inventive and fun.

While Simone’s pasodoble in jail gives him the chance to show off his solo chops. And Cacace’s turn to Feeling Good is another highlight.

However, it is the climactic tango – the pair are former tango world champions – that brings the house down.

Dance ‘Til Dawn leans more towards full-blown musical territory than the duo’s last show, Midnight Tango. But it is none the worse for this, as they have surrounded themselves with a talented ensemble.

Even Strictly’s chief grouch Craig Revel Horwood couldn’t have failed to give this one a solid 10. Until Saturday. CHRIS BROOM