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Madonna: Will Gompertz reviews the star's show at the London Palladium ★★★★★

"She is here, isn't she Will?", asked a worried looking man at the London Palladium at about 20:00 on Wednesday night. "Yes", I said. I didn't actually know for sure, but he looked so anxious I thought a bit of reassurance wouldn't go amiss.

Anyway, the merch counter had just fallen over and there was a rising sense of calamity which didn't need adding to.

Madonna goes deep with her fans. The connection is genuine and mutual. Nobody blames her for cancelling shows due to extreme pain in her knees and hips, people just hope it's not on their night (she has subsequently ruled out shows on 4 and 11 February).

"I feel so guilty," another fan told me. "My mates had tickets for Monday night, which was cancelled and I've just sent a WhatsApp of my seat tonight."

"Where are you sitting?" I asked

"Row U in the stalls," he said

"How much did you pay?"

"£250" he said "Not bad eh? I think it's going to be great."

And it was - 5-star great.

It was perfectly imperfect, like one of those sketchy landscapes by Cezanne where you can see his underdrawings and misplaced lines, making it so much more beautiful and real than Canaletto's soulless precision.

Truth is the point of art, not perfection.

Not because the show was perfect, though. Madonna's movement was visibly stiff, lighting errors left dancers in the dark, and some of her banter fell flat. All of which only added to the "live-ness" of the event, which was more an evening of intimate cabaret than a stadium blockbuster show.

To read the rest of the review visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment

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Tracey

"I feel so guilty," another fan told me. "My mates had tickets for Monday night, which was cancelled and I've just sent a WhatsApp of my seat tonight."

I must be misunderstanding this - no phones, etc., are allowed in the actual theatre???

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