Rasputin, London Palladium, review: Sergei Polunin’s credibility slides further into the abyss

Sergei Polunin as Rasputin at the Palladium
Sergei Polunin as Rasputin at the Palladium Credit: Alastair Muir

“Most people looked at him with terror and with fear/ But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear.”

Boney M were seldom noted for their piercing historical insights. But their 1978 hit single about the so-called “mad monk” who inveigled his way into the Romanov household was no more inane than the identically themed new showcase for Sergei Polunin – and at least it was fun.

For Friday night at the London Palladium provided the soul-crushing spectacle of 21st-century dance’s longest career-suicide note continuing to write itself before a crowd that whooped at every scratch of the pen. Here getting its UK premiere, Rasputin is the work of dance-maker Yuka Oishi, who also created two-thirds of...

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