Preview: Brendan Cole, Licence To Thrill

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STRICTLY Come Dancing star Brendan Cole brings his latest tour, Licence To Thrill, to a close at the Festival Theatre, on Monday, March 17.

The follow up to his debut theatre tour Live and Unjudged, in 2013, Licence To Thrill has already won rave reviews around the country.

With all the ballroom and Latin favourites seen on Strictly, Cole hosts the show and is joined by a cast of 14 musicians and six world class dancers in this two hour dance and big band extravaganza.

Waltzes, foxtrots, quicksteps, tangos and American smooths all line up with the cha cha, sambas, salsas and jives. And Cole can not wait to get back to the Capital.

“The whole company always looks forward to bringing the tour to Scotland. My father was from Scotland so it’s always very special for me when I tour there as it’s part of my heritage,” he says.

“The further north we travel the livelier the crowd become and Edinburgh is no exception. The audience are very welcoming and the Festival Theatre is a lovely venue to perform in.”

With a smile he adds, “It’s a heck of a place for the last night of what has so far been an incredible tour and I can’t wait to be back in the city dancing for everyone.”

Cole’s band is lead by musical director Barry Robinson and will provide a soundtrack ranging from Nat King Cole to Gladys Knight and Michael Jackson to Michael Bublé. “There is a small nod to James Bond with the music. One of the big songs is Gladys Knight’s Licence to Kill (hence the Licence to Thrill title) and there is a dance-off between the males in Live and Let Die,” he reveals, adding, “My leading lady from France, Fauve Hautot, is truly sensational. She has such presence, is so exciting to watch and last year’s audiences welcomed her to the UK so warmly.”

Licence To Thrill, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Monday, March 17, 7.30pm, £24.50-£37.50, 0131-529 6000