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A last chance to see Riverdance



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE CREATION of Moya Doherty, what was originally a seven-minute interval for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, became an overnight sensation. It was, of course, Riverdance and it's been delighting audiences ever since.

But next year, on the tenth anniversary of its first full-length stage show, the Irish dance phenomenon will begin a two-month tour of the UK - stopping, for just one week, April 4 - 9, at the Apollo Hammersmith - in what is being billed as 'its last ever UK dates'.

Still one of the biggest dance shows in the world, its statistics are impressive. To date, Riverdance has been seen by over 18 million people worldwide. There have been over 8,000 performances, in 30 countries, across four continents and at a total of 250 venues.

Not forgetting, of course, television audiences, which number in excess of 1.5 billion people. And, in 1997, it won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Although the cast of 80 is predominately Irish, Russian folk dancers, American tappers and Spanish flamenco artists are also featured.

The Apollo Hammersmith is a fitting final London venue for a show that thrilled a record-breaking, one million ticket holders when it first ran there, ten years ago.

In fact, the theatre is often regarded within the company as its second spiritual home, after the Point Theatre in Dublin.

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