Due to popular demand, West Yorkshire Playhouse is now adding an extra performance of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL on Tuesday 10 January, 7:30pm.
This will also be a Relaxed Performance, which means that there will be a slight reduction in sound levels. Relaxed Performances also offer a relaxed attitude to audience members who may need to make some movements about the auditorium and involuntary noises.
West Yorkshire Playhouse pioneered Relaxed Performances in the UK and now has a committed staff team who work on each show to make the experience as enjoyable and relaxed as possible for all who attend.
The Playhouse’s production of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is celebrating 25 years since the release of Baz Luhrmann’s original 1992 cult smash film.
A quarter of a century on since the film inspired the world to dance, the stage musical has audiences dancing in the aisles.
The film Strictly Ballroom is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies the rules to follow his heart.
It was discovered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the winner of the Prix de Jeunnesse and runner up for the Palme D’Or. Released in the UK in 1992, it won three 1993 BAFTA awards, alongside eight more nominations.
Upon release in Australia, the movie swept the field at the 1992 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, gaining 13 nominations and winning in eight major categories. It also received a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, and eventually went on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office.
The stage production STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL has never been produced in the UK before and runs at West Yorkshire Playhouse until Saturday 21 Jan, giving audiences one last chance to experience it before it heads across the pond to Toronto.
For those who are missing the weekly glamour of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL sizzles with rhumba, flamenco and ballroom waltzes, finished with spectacular costumes.
With 208,000 hand crafted diamantes and 745 metres of coloured ostrich feathers – more than double the height of Yorkshire (and the UK’s) tallest building, the Emley Moor Transmitting Station – the costumes are certainly show-stopping.
Designed by Catherine Martin, whose costume designs for the Baz Luhrmann blockbusters The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! earned her a total of four Academy Awards, the production is in-keeping with Baz Luhrmann’s trademark touch for the opulent.
Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (whose brilliant choreography for In The Heights has just earned him the 2016 Olivier Award), STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL features break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, as well as several wonderful new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.