Magic Mike Live ★★★★ The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino | Until December 29, 2021


Magic Mike Live is unique; in some ways it harks back to the sort of entertainment that Paul Raymond and Peter Stringfellow specialised in many years ago. But, there's one gigantic twist. Here the strippers being leered at are male. Channing Tatum, the show's creator, based this production and the films of the same name on his experiences as an eighteen-year-old stripper in Florida. The show embodies blatant objectification of the fit and highly talented performers; if the genders were reversed, there would be placards paraded outside The Hippodrome Casino. In a programme note, Tatum says he “was truly humbled by the incredible response to the show from women around the world.” Tonight’s predominantly female audience screamed with raucous delight as their glasses were endlessly refilled with Prosecco; meanwhile, the toned hunks pretended to perform sexual acts with the two female cast members. There is little or no plot in this ninety minute extravaganza, nor is there any genitalia on display as the ten young men dance and writhe erotically. The show is excellently presented and the guys perform very well; many of the acrobatic stunts are terrific and involve every part of the auditorium. The Magic Mike Live design team uses the space superbly and employs some spectacular hydraulics. There is even a pool which descends from the roof and which is filled with water rained down on an erotically charged couple. It then ascends into heaven! Even if one questions the 'look-don't-touch' objectification, you have to applaud the undeniable talent involved in what is a highly entertaining show.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by D.S.J.

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When, Where, Getting there:
  • Until December 29, 2021
  • Wed - Sun: 7 pm, Fri & Sat: 10 pm, Sat: 4 pm
  • The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino
  • Nearest station: Leicester Square
  • https://www.magicmikelondon.co.uk/

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