SOUTHAMPTON hosts the world premiere of a brand new ice show next week.

Robin Cousins’ Ice – The Skating Stage Experience opens its national tour at The Mayflower on Thursday.

Olympic champion and head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins has hand-picked the greatest ice skaters from around the globe to bring his new production to life.

He told Your Entertainment: “It’s been 30 years since I created Electric Ice which changed the look of ice shows and I’m very excited to bring the daring and dazzling world of figure skating back into an intimate theatrical setting.

“The show is not an adaptation of a ballet, or borrowed from the world of musical theatre. There are no judges, just the audience. It is a show where the choreography is driven by the music, where the movement has room to breathe, and the skaters can let their blades do the talking.

“To be able to move like a skater is every dancer’s dream. To be motionless, yet travelling at great speed. Skaters are able to soar across the frozen stage in ways a dancer can only dream of doing.

“I have been working ‘on ice’ for over 40 years, from my start in regional club competitions to World and Olympic Championships, choreography and performance for film, television, theatre and award-winning arena Ice productions. Every new project brings its own challenges and I relish the chance to try something new with tried and tested ideas.

I’m always pushing myself in new directions.”

Expect world class skaters to glide, soar, flip and fly to a powerful soundtrack of original music and reworked modern classics.

Robin Cousins’ Ice runs until Sunday.