Tickets for Riverdance – a show which celebrates 20 years of touring the world with a visit to Blackpool later this year – are being snapped up fast.
What started as an interval performance during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest (it received a standing ovation; later that year the BBC commissioned a repeat performance of the act for the 1994 Royal Variety Show and the rest is history) has become a worldwide phenomonan.
In the UK alone it has been performed in front of almost three million people in 18 cities. The worldwide TV audience for Riverdance is in excess of two billion people.
The show comes to Blackpool for the first time in four years for a week’s run at the Opera House in October, as part of its 20th anniversary tour.
“It’s still quite a long way off but already many loyal fans have booked their tickets to ensure they see the show,” said a Winter Gardens spokesman.
“Riverdance has been a phenomenal show all over the world and we look forward to welcoming the 20th anniversary tour to our venue.”
The show begins a UK tour in September and heads to Manchester, Bradford and Cardiff before arriving in Blackpool from Tuesday October 21 to Saturday October 26.
Riverdance producer Moya Doherty admits she is astonished by the continuing success.
“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams. The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show.
“This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our UK audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”
Tickets starting at £27 are available from www.blackpoollive.co.uk or from the box office on 0844 856 1111.