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Review: Strictly Cabaret X at Lincoln's New Theatre Royal

After 14 months of enforced closure, live performances have returned to Lincoln's New Theatre Royal ­— and, boy, is it good to be back.

The choice for the opening show is perfect ­— the utterly upbeat Strictly Cabaret X that brings a party to the stage.

Another perfect choice is Liverpudlian X Factor singer Ray Quinn, who pulls the show together with his banter with the audience between songs.

Ray Quinn (46424810)
Ray Quinn (46424810)

He made absolutely no secret of his delight at being back before a live audience on Friday, and his enthusiasm was infectious.

It is a fairly short show of just under 90 minutes, with no interval, but they certainly pack a lot into the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Quinn brought a touch of the Rat Pack to stage while fellow singers Zoe Hanna May and Lucy Kane brought the glamour. They voices were simply stunning, performing a range of styles, from Fever, to All That Jazz and Queen Of The Night.

Kristina Rihanoff (46424788)
Kristina Rihanoff (46424788)

Accompanying them, former Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff led a team of dancers through their routines.

The joy at performing live was evident at the end when several cast members were visibly moved by the standing ovation.

The crowd demanded more and they were happy to oblige with Copacabana.

Zoe Hanna May (46424812)
Zoe Hanna May (46424812)

The show has been put on with strict social distancing for the audience and following all the latest government guidelines, but for 90 minutes it was just possible to forget the last 14 months had happened and enjoy the show.

Strictly Cabaret X has four more performances on May 28, June 11, June 18 and June 19. ­— SH

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