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Some Like It Hip-Hop, Peacock Theatre

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by John Burns (subscribe)
I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
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Energetic streetdance production to a hip hop soundtrack
Some might argue that the two worlds of streetdance and Billy Wilder do not coincide often, and they would be right. Chuck in an element of Shakespeare and you have an even more unusual concoction.

But this is just what confronts the audience of ZooNation's Some Like It Hip Hop production at the Peacock Theatre on Portugal Street. The energetic performance features some of Britain's most impressive street dance talent backed up by the sort of storyline and music that cannot help but draw you in and sweep you along for the ride.

Cheekily nabbing its title from Billy Wilder's 1959 classic Some Like it Hot, Some Like it Hip Hop lifts a bit of that movie's plot also. The production then mixes this up with the sort of twists and turns that would not be out of place in a Shakespearian gender-switch comedy to end up with something entirely different altogether.

But Some Like It Hip Hop really isn't about the plot, it's about the music and the dancing. Fans of So You Think You Can Dance will recognise Lizzie Gough, Teneisha Bonner and, star of the show, Tommy Franzen strutting their stuff to a range of excellent tunes that complement their moves perfectly.

A wide range of music from soulful ballads to full on hip hop break downs and everything in between is represented here in this fun-for-all-the-family-show. Be sure to clear a space in your diary to come down and catch Some Like it Hip Hop before the show closes on Saturday October 13th.
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Why? Check out a mash-up of classic film, streetdance and Shakespearian plot twists.
When: 7.30pm Tue-Sat; 2.30pm Sat Matinee; 4pm Sun September 30 & Oct 7
Where: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London, WC2A 2HT
Cost: Cheapest seats: 12; most expensive seats: 38
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