Gareth returns to his roots


Bradford-born Gareth Gates returns to the city this summer as he stars in the smash hit Footloose: The Musical which returns to the Alhambra Theatre in June as part of a major new UK Tour.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again in this brand new production, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

Gareth, who takes on the role of Ren’s best friend Willard in this exciting new production said:
“I have been so lucky to perform in some of the greatest musicals over the years, from Joseph to Les Misérables and Legally Blonde, and I am so excited that Footloose will be my next. We’re going to absolutely blow the roof off the Alhambra Theatre in June; it’s always such a treat performing in my hometown”.

The cast also features Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore and Luke Baker as Ren McCormack.

Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances, with a London production following in 2006, opening at the Novello Theatre following a UK Tour.


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