Emanuel Gat Dance – LOVETRAIN2020 ★★★ Sadler's Wells Theatre | November 17 & 18, 2023

Tears for Fears were definitely a standout duo in the 80's, and Emanuel Gat Dance interprets their work in a show that demonstrates lots of thought and provides some striking moments. All the big hits are here: "Mad World," "Shout," "Everybody Wants to Rule The World," "Change," and "Sowing The Seeds Of Love." For fans this will be a wonderful walk down memory lane, and the show certainly captures the introspective, self-reflective side of the themes running through the music. However, for us, what was missing was the more energetic, rebellious, political aspect of the lyrics. With a song like "Shout" we expected a lot more animation and pep. It didn't feel like we were being called upon to "Shout, Shout, Let it all out." The silent interludes between songs, while sometimes effective, also lowered the intensity, and on occasion, could seem unconnected. Almost throughout the show, the lighting is low and murky, often obscuring the movement, and the voluminous fabric of the costumes can interfere with one's ability to appreciate the choreography. The choreography itself often sets up multiple focal points which may be complementary, but it can also be distracting. For us, the high points of the evening were some lovely solos and pas de deux. Emanuel Gat Dance creates a fittingly atmospheric homage to the work of the legendary musical partnership that helped define an era.

Rated: ★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Julia Gat

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

St. Martin in-the-fields: Lunchtime Concerts ★★★★ FREE

Naked Boys Singing, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle - ★★★★ - Until October 25, 2020

London Tide ★★★ National Theatre | Apr 10 - Jun 22, 2024

The Last Caravaggio ★★★★ The National Gallery | Apr 18 - Jul 21, 2024 (Free Entry)

Player Kings ★★★★★ Noël Coward Theatre | Apr 1 - Jun 22, 2024

Howerd's End, Golden Goose Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until October 31, 2020

Calendar Girls ★★★ The Mill at Sonning | Apr 11 - Jun 1, 2024

Your Lie In April – The Musical in Concert ★★★★★ Theatre Royal Drury Lane | April 8 & 9, 2024

The Comeuppance ★★★★★ Almeida Theatre | Apr 6 - May 18, 2024

Foam ★★★★ Finborough Theatre | Mar 19 - Apr 13, 2024

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings