Dance legend Michael Flatley is to make his return to the stage with a live TV performance for the first time in a decade.
The Lord of the Dance star is gearing up for an all-out spectacle this weekend with an ITV special in his honour, Michael Flatley: A Night To Remember.
The Cork-based dancer will be accompanied by his troupe of 30 dancers and musicians as he makes his return following a break from the live dance stage.
UK broadcaster ITV are behind the special documentary, which will air on TV3 at 8pm this Sunday, to celebrate 20 years of the world-renowned dancer, musician and choreographer.
The programme will chart Flatley’s initial rise to fame with Riverdance and the creation of his dance extravaganza, Lord of the Dance. It will also feature a preview of Flatley’s new show, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.
Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, who will star as The Goddess Erin in the production, will perform the title song live in the studio.
The show will be hosted by Christine Bleakley, and will look back at Flatley’s career which saw him become the most successful and highest-paid dancer in history.
Famous friends and fans will also pay tribute, including Bruce Forsyth and the broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.
“I’m very much looking to performing with my dancers - a hugely talented group of young people and the stars of the future - for what promises to be a very special night,” said Flatley.
The news comes as the dancer confirmed that he is giving his traditional show a makeover. Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will hit Dublin’s O2 Arena on March 27 next.
The dad-of-one will be a busy man as more than 200 dates are planned across 15 countries over the next 18 months, which will take his troupe to Belgium, Israel, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK.
The new show will feature new staging, new costumes and choreography with performances from some of the world’s up-and-coming young dancers, who will be directed by Flatley.