Brawl breaks out at Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance in Manchester
A woman has been charged with assault on a police officer after a fight broke out at the opening night of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance in Manchester.
Police were called to the Palace Theatre after reports of eight people fighting in the stalls on April 11.
Georgina Lynn Sixsmith, 48, was charged with assaulting a constable and being drunk and disorderly during performance of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.
The fight took place at around 9.20pm, just over an hour into the production, which is on tour after premiering in the West End in 2014.
Sixsmith, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, has been bailed and is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on May 10.
The show is a new staging of the original 1996 Irish musical created by Flatley, who also choreographs and directs. It has a new score composed by Gerard Fahy.
The production features James Keegan, Morgan Comer, Mathew Smith, Cathal Keaney, Fergal Keaney and Andras Kren as the Lords of the Dance.
The show is touring 15 countries with more than 200 scheduled dates, and is running at the Palace Theatre until April 15.
The theatre did not wish to comment, but a spokesman for Ambassador Theatre Group said: “The safety of our customers and staff is and remains a priority for ATG. We are unable to comment further on an ongoing police investigation.”