IT is safe to say that the Limerick City of Culture project hasn’t exactly got off to a flying start, but one early success is the interest in the 20th anniversary performance of Riverdance, which opens in the UL Sports Arena next week.
The show, a full European touring production of the award winning extravaganza seen by 23 million people worldwide, opens on Thursday, January 16, running until the following Sunday night.
An “extraordinary demand” for tickets has seen an extra show added on Saturday afternoon, with some 15,000 tickets already sold. The run will take place in the Arena in front of an audience of 2,500 people in the venue, which producers have said will be transformed for the show.
The cultural link lies with composer Bill Whelan, a City of Culture board member, who said he was delighted that “the 20th anniversary tour will be kicking off in Limerick”.
Riverdance, which was performed to such acclaim as a seven minute interval act during the Eurovision in 1994, has travelled some 600,000 miles since becoming a fully fledged musical.
Four of the seven shows - which include matinees - are already sold out.
See www.uch.ie for details.