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The cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Photo: Jay Brooks)

The cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Photo: Jay Brooks)

Strictly Ballroom – The Musical announces further casting

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 24 January 2018

The musical that inspired the world to dance has added to an already-impressive cast list, as Anna Francolini and Gerard Horan have been confirmed to join Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical when it transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in March.

The duo join the likes of Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young in the Strictly Ballroom company. Francolini, whose previous credits include at the National Theatre, will play Shirley Hastings, a former dancer who will do whatever it takes for son Scott to succeed. Horan, who most recently starred in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman in the West End, portrays Barry Fife, the corrupt ruler of the ball-room dancing world.

Anna Francolini and Gerard Horan

Anna Francolini and Gerard Horan

Following an earlier rescheduling, Strictly Ballroom The Musical will begin performances in the West End on 29 March 2018, directed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie.

Iconic songs from the beloved film, like Love Is In The Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, underscore a romantic story that has been embraced around the world. A kaleidoscope of colour and fun, Strictly Ballroom is based on the first instalment of Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy.

When rogue championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to compete in the Pan Pacific Championship his own way. Their love blossoms as their routines flourish, and together they triumph in bringing down the sequin-clad regime of the Dance Federation – to the sound of electrifying songs from a whole host of internationally acclaimed artists.

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