West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash-hit spectacular, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, is to make its West End debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2018. Following the success of its UK Premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the opulence and glamour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will begin performing in London from Friday 16 March 2018.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “We are thrilled that this exceptional musical is transferring to the West End after playing to sell-out houses here at the Playhouse – Leeds’ audiences absolutely loved it.
This production is full of heart, energy and world class dance led by the brilliant talents of Drew McOnie, and it will no doubt continue to delight audiences in the capital.”
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the hilarious story that inspired the world to dance. Based on the multi award-winning movie and the first installment from Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, the musical production is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun. When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the National Championship his way.
Featuring the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, Strictly Ballroom The Musical also includes electrifying songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical is directed by Drew McOnie (On The Town, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park; The Wild Party, The Other Palace; Jesus Chris Superstar, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park; Jekyll & Hyde, Old Vic, and Hairspray, National Tour), and based on the original Australian musical created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and produced by Global Creatures. Casting is yet to be announced.