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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

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From the award winning director Baz Luhrmann comes Strictly Ballroom The Musical, based on the 1992 romantic comedy film that inspired the world to dance. Read More >

From the award winning director Baz Luhrmann comes Strictly Ballroom The Musical, based on the 1992 romantic comedy film that inspired the world to dance.

Starring the likes of Matt Cardle, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen, the feel-good new musical Strictly Ballroom will have you dancing in the aisles, and is a joyful celebration of dance and romance. Strictly Ballroom tells the inspiring story of Scott Hastings, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules of the competition to follow his heart. Along the way, he not only finds his true calling, but also his true love.

The show features all the hit songs from the film including Love Is In The Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time. It also features exciting new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

Strictly Ballroom was Baz Luhrmann’s debut film, and was the first of his Red Curtain Trilogy. It was followed by the legendary Moulin Rouge! and Romeo & Juliet. Strictly Ballroom is based on a stage play originally set up in 1984 by Baz Luhrmann and his fellow students while he was studying in Sydney at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. The show made its UK premiere in November 2016 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs and choreographs the production. His recent West End credits include the award-winning In The Heights and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as Jekyll & Hyde and On The Town.

The cast also includes the likes of Michelle Bishop as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas as Merv, Gabriela Garcia as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve as Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira as Rico, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela, Lauren Stroud as Liz Holt, and Gary Watson as Ken Railings.

The doors are open to the glamorous world of Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre – and you’re invited.

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Age Recommendation: 8+

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 29/03/2018

Opening Night: 24/04/2018

Booking Until: 20/10/2018

Running time: 2h20, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Wally Strand - Matt Cardle

Scott Hastings - Jonny Labey

Fran - Zizi Strallen

Pam Short - Michelle Bishop

Merv - Ivan De Freitas

Shirley Hastings - Anna Francolini

Barry Fife - Gerard Horan

Vanessa Cronin - Gabriela Garcia

Tina Sparkle - Charlotte Gooch

Les Kendall - Richard Grieve

Wayne Burns - Liam Marcellino

Doug Hastings - Stephen Matthews

Rico - Fernando Mira

Abuela - Eve Polycarpou

Liz Holt - Lauren Stroud

Ken Railings - Gary Watson

Ensemble - Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Dale White



Director - Drew McOnie

Producer - Global Creatures

Choreographer - Drew McOnie

Costume - Catherine Martin

Lighting Designer - Howard Hudson

Set Designer - Soutra Gilmour

Sound - Gareth Owen

Author - Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin

Musical Supervision - David Caddick

Orchestrations - Simon Hale


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