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The Last Tango to run at the Phoenix Theatre for a limited season
Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace return to London.
The West End will welcome the nation's favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars in their ultimate farewell show at the Phoenix Theatre for a limited season this autumn. Direct from a successful UK tour, The Last Tango will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End on 22 September with a press performance on 28 September where it will run to 3 December 2016.
Following successful London runs of Midnight Tango and Dance 'Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever theatre tour, complete with full ensemble cast and live music.
"Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become Strictly Come Dancing favourites, World Dance title-holders, create and star in their own West End productions - but now it is finally time for the nation's best loved Argentine Tango Champions to say goodbye to the stage in a thrilling, new, live performance. A reflection of life and love, The Last Tango follows George as he delves into an attic full of memories. As he reminisces, poignant moments are brought to life through sparkling and intricate choreography. Vincent, Flavia and The Last Tango company tell George's tale through Rumba, Jive, Flamenco, Salsa and, of course, the Argentinean Tango performed by a full live band."
The Last Tango will be directed by Karen Bruce and features set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Vicky Gill, lighting design by James Whiteside and sound design by Richard Brooker. Musical arrangements and orchestration will be by Chris Egan and Matt Smith.
Flavia Cacace began her dance training at the age of five in Guildford where she studied ballroom and Latin dance. At the age of fourteen she went into competitive dance and was introduced to her partner Vincent.
She said of the news: "We have had such a fantastic time on tour with The Last Tango and we feel incredibly lucky to have performed live in front of amazing audiences night after night. The Last Tango is an intimate, emotional show; full of the most beautiful dance moves and, of course, our award-winning Argentine tango. We're looking forward to celebrating our very best work in the West End."
Vincent Simone comes from a family of dancers and his parents are both professional teachers in both Ballroom and Latin. He has taught dancing since the age of twelve in Italy and moved to Guildford at the age of seventeen where he met Flavia. His favourite dance is The Rumba, Argentine Tango, and ballroom Tango.
Vincent said of the announcement: "The last few years creating and performing Midnight Tango, Dance 'Til Dawn and The Last Tango have been intense! It may be our final theatre show but we're going out with a bang! I'm so happy audiences in London get to see our best show yet!"
The Last Tango will replace Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre which concludes its run on 21 August 2016. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical The Girls is slated to open at the venue in January 2017.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.