Return dates in Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool, Woking and Sunderland have been added to the schedule of the newest touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage.
Following a successful Christmas season at London’s Phoenix Theatre and dates in Bremen and Cannes, Baby and Johnny are having the time of their lives once again back on the road across the UK.
With more than £10 million already taken in ticket sales, producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott have announced that demand for their show has been so great the tour has been extended until the autumn.
Re-conceived in an all-new production, the much-loved love story of dance instructor Johnny Castle and shy Baby Houseman stars Lewis Griffiths as Johnny alongside recent drama school graduate Katie Hartland who makes her professional musical theatre debut as Baby, with Carlie Milner as Johnny’s dance partner Penny.
The tour, which began at the Blackpool Opera House in August 2016, features a cast that also includes: Julian Harries, Simone Craddock, Tony Stansfield, Jo Servi, Lizzie Ottley, Michael Kent, Greg Fossard, Nigel Nevinson, Daniela Pobega and Camilla Rowland.
Other members of the company include: Gabby Antrobus, Imogen Brooke, Simon Campbell, Robert Colvin, Katie Eccles, Beth Highsted, Samuel John Humphreys, Megan Louch, Ashley Rumble, Callum Sterling, Austin Wilks and Karl James Wilson who is the alternate Johnny.
The creative team includes director Federico Bellone, choreographer Gillian Bruce and leading Italian set designer Roberto Comotti.
Produced by Karl Sydow, Joye Entertainment and Paul Elliott, in association with Lionsgate and Magic Hour Productions, and written by Eleanor Bergstein, scriptwriter of the successful 1987 film, the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, along with extra scenes added for the stage version.
Dirty Dancing –The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over two million people during its five-year run.
Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, productions have been staged in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage plays Belgrade Theatre Coventry (30 January-4 February); Dublin Bord Gais Theatre (6-11 February); Millennium Forum, Derry (13-18 February); Grand Opera House Belfast (20-25 February); INEC Killarney (27 February-4 March); Churchill Bromley (6-11 March); Ipswich Regent (20-25 March); Cardiff New Theatre (27 March-1 April); Wycombe Swan (3-8 April); Leicester De Montfort Hall (10-15 April); Hall for Cornwall Truro (17-22 April); Milton Keynes Theatre (24-29 April); Bradford Alhambra (1-6 May); Inverness Eden Court (8-13 May); Grimsby Auditorium (23-27 May); Birmingham Alexandra (29 May-3 June); Sheffield Lyceum (5-10 June); Edinburgh Playhouse (12-17 June); Glasgow Kings Theatre (19-24 June); Sunderland Empire (26 June-1 July); Bristol Hippodrome (3-8 July); Manchester Palace (18-21 July); Grand Theatre Leeds (24-29 July); Princess Theatre Torquay (31 July-5 August); The Hawth, Crawley (14-19 August ); Bournemouth Pavilion (21-26 August); Blackpool Opera House (29 August-2 September); New Victoria Woking (4-9 September); Venue Cymru Llandudno (11-16 September) and Liverpool Empire (18-23 September).