FIRST STAGING IN UK
The first UK staging of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – based on the much loved film that inspired the world to dance – is to premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on Tuesday 29 November 2016, playing a season through until Saturday 21 January 2017.
Drew McOnie (In The Heights, Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the production, which is based on the original Australian musical created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.Terry Johnson joins the creative team to adapt the original book.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is co-produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Global Creatures (the team behind Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, How To Train Your Dragon and King Kong) and follows the success of James Brining’s co-production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which is currently on a major year-long tour of the UK and Ireland.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. It 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.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL made its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2014, followed by seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane in 2015. This spectacular show, a kaleidoscope of colour and fun, now promises to have UK audiences dancing in the aisles!