Baz Luhrmann’s stunning musical Strictly Ballroom the Musical comes to the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre for a strictly limited run, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie. Last seen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the show is based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name.
An uplifting tale that inspired the world to start dancing, Strictly Ballroom the Musical follows maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott, as he defies the rules of the competition to follow his heart. Teaming up with left-footed partner Fran, the pair set out to win the legendary Pan Pacifics his way.
Based on a short play written by Luhrmann in the 1980’s, Strictly Ballroom became his first ever film and is one of the highest-grossing Australian movies of all time. Making up the “Red Curtain Trilogy”, which also features Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, the film went on to be adapted into a musical in 2016 by Luhrmann and Craig Pierce.
A kaleidoscopic musical packed full of colour, sensational dance and a heart-warming love story, Strictly Ballroom the Musical includes a stellar score, featuring some of the hits from the original film, including “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps”, “Time After Time” and “Standing in the Rain”.
Led by Drew McOnie, who has Olivier Award-winning productions under his belt including In the Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a joyful celebration of dance and romance. The production plays at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre from 16th March 2018.
Cast and Creative
Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs and choreographs the production, with previous credits including the award-winning In the Heights and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as Jekyll & Hyde and On the Town. Created by Baz Luhrmann, the musical features a book by Luhrmann and Craig Pierce, with set design by Soutra Gilmour, costume design by Catherine Martin, lighting design by Howard Hudson and sound design by Gareth Owen.
Star-studded casting includes singer Will Young as Wally Strand, alongside EastEnders’ Jonny Labey as Scott Hastings and Zizi Strallen as Fran. Further casting features 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.
Additional casting includes Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Dale White.
- “Love Is In The Air”
- “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps”
- “La Cumparsita/Tango Please”
- “Tequila/Sinful Samba”
- “Rhumba de Burros”
- “Doug’s Tearful Waltz/First Kiss”
- “Time After Time”
- “Standing in the Rain”
- “Yesterday’s Hero”
- “The Blue Danube”
- “Scott & Fran’s Paso Doble”
Show Lengths and Times
Strictly Ballroom the Musical plays at the Piccadilly Theatre London from 16th March to 21st July 2018, with an official press night on 11th April 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees at 2:30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Show running time is 2 hours and 35 minutes, including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Strictly Ballroom the Musical contains mild adult themes, but is suitable for all ages. Under 5’s will not be admitted into the theatre.
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