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Review: Robbie Williams at The o2

Robbie swings both ways with GT


GT made a visit to North Greenwich this week, on a mission to find Mr Entertainer himself, Robbie Williams. To a crowd of 18,000 Ariel mums, their daughters and a smattering of miscellaneous gays, the Millennium star emerged – and with every bit as much adoration as ever.

Now on to his second swing album, Swing Both Ways (and we wish he did) is a tour more akin to the classic variety shows of years gone that it is the high-tempo Take That tours. Robbie belts out classic swing tunes, dancers tap and swing and audience members are invited on stage. One lucky lady, Lyne, finds herself married to Robbie before we've even got to the interval. A supermarket sweep felt just moments away.

The show is strung together with a narrative of Carry On humour; not to mention some preposterously ridiculous stunts. Before dancing around the stage in a monkey mask to I Wanna Be Like You, Robbie is hoisted into the air and filled out with a fat suit and bow tie to sing No One Likes a Fat Pop Star. "A fat Justin Bieber", he describes himself, in the full swing of self-deprication.

Swing Both Ways is slapstick, full of cheer and utterly absurd in equal measure. In a lingering climate of economic gloom, Robbie is the perfect antedote. The show is as engaging as it is amusing, as escapist as it is nostalgic; he is as worth seeing now, as he was 20 years ago.

Didn't he do well?

For the final remaining tickets, visit The o2 website.

Words: Benjamin Butterworth

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