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Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 cult hit Strictly Ballroom was based on a stage production that Luhrmann wrote while in theatre school in 1984. It marks the first in his trademark Red Curtain Trilogy, works filmed in Luhrmann’s trademark pastiche, motif style and is still one of the highest grossing films in Australian history. The other two films, Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, are equally well-known and successful in their own right. Now, Strictly Ballroom is coming to London as a full-length musical, dancing its way into the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2018 to replace the current production of Annie. We can’t wait!
The original musical production has music and lyrics by both Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, with a book by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. It was first presented in Luhrmann’s home town, Sydney, in April 2014 before embarking on a national tour for 18 months. Strictly Ballroom, the story of professional ballroom dancer Scott Hastings and his attempts to shake up the form, is based loosely on Luhrmann’s experiences of growing up around ballroom dancing. Hastings loses the revered Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship when he incorporates non-standard moves into his routine and is forced to find a new partner. He secretly turns to frumpy beginner Fran, who helps him inject a new style into the dance and return triumphantly to the top of the competition tree.
The glittery, sequined Strictly Ballroom comes back to the UK at the perfect time – the way is paved by dance musicals Burn The Floor (at the Shaftesbury Theatre) and The Last Tango (at the Phoenix Theatre) that have played in the West End over the last few years. Strictly Come Dancing is still one of the highest viewed programmes on TV today, even as it enters its fifteenth season. There is also a rich history of adapting dance-based films into musicals and vice versa, with classics like Dirty Dancing, Footloose and Fame treading the boards in the last decade.
The current version of Strictly Ballroom received its UK premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2016 and will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, an Olivier Award-winning choreographer for his work on In The Heights in 2016. McOnie was nominated for a further award this year for his production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
With a slew of hits taken from the film, such as “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps”, “Time After Time” and “Love Is In The Air”, as well as numbers from internationally acclaimed artists, the songs and routines promise to be earworms that you can’t get out of your head for days afterwards. Book your tickets now and get down to this dazzling show as a springtime treat!
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (91%)
Great show worth seeing.
Reviewed on 28 October 2018 by Susan, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Without question the best show I have seen in years. Funny, sad, great music and all round feel good factor, would highly recommend
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Christopher, Weston-super-mare, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 October 2018 by David, Wallasey, United Kingdom
Some theatregoers were very loudly singing along, which we found annoying. The show itself, though, was fantastic, both for kid, teen and parent (who knows the film by heart).
Reviewed on 18 October 2018 by Julie, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Reviewed on 18 October 2018 by Marina, Middx, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Graeme, Gordon, Australia
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Gail, Bilgola Plateau, Australia
Absolutely brilliant! A real feel-good show with amazing dance routines and Matt Cardle was perfect in the role of Wally Strand. I would highly recommend it.
Reviewed on 15 October 2018 by Mary, Hockley, United Kingdom
Fantastic show great for everyone loads of laughs and the actors really got the audience involved.
Reviewed on 14 October 2018 by Evelyn, Madora Bay, Australia
Fantastic from start to finish. Very true to the film. Costumes, acting and dancing were first class. Disappointed not to see Matt Cardle last night but it did not make the show any less enjoyable. I can’t believe this show is ending this month! Why???
Reviewed on 09 October 2018 by Caroline, Epsom Downs, United Kingdom
enjoyed it very much but at time a bit noisy - some of the cast screamed out their lies at times which made them inaudible.
Reviewed on 09 October 2018 by Madeleine, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 October 2018 by Sandra, Loughton, United Kingdom
Great humour, fantastic dancing, good music. The best show we saw whilst here.
Reviewed on 04 October 2018 by Raymond, Bathurst, Australia
Happy musical, gave a good feeling and had everyone dancing in the aisles at the end of the show
Reviewed on 03 October 2018 by Brodie, Melbourne, Australia
I sat in the stalls, off to the right side.It was a great seat, and I was able to see all the action on the stage. Very well done adaption and I am so glad I got to see it.
Reviewed on 02 October 2018 by Margie, Hillsboro, United States Of America
Reviewed on 25 September 2018 by Lucinda, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 September 2018 by Sarah, Bexhill-on-sea, United Kingdom
I was disappointed as I originally booked the show to see will young in it not knowing his stint would end before we saw it. I thought it was average
Reviewed on 16 September 2018 by Linda, Godalming, United Kingdom
Matt Cardell was amazing
Reviewed on 09 September 2018 by Elizabeth, Malden Rushett, United Kingdom
Fabulous costumes, music, creative set and great cast! Hey
Reviewed on 09 September 2018 by Emma, Deloraine, Australia
Reviewed on 07 September 2018 by Kate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 September 2018 by Carol, Upminsster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 September 2018 by John, Swindon, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. Best west end show seen for years. Stuck closely to film plus some great comic additions
Reviewed on 02 September 2018 by John, Ashwell, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2018 by David, Singapore, Singapore
Who doesn't love the story of strictly ballroom!They stick to the story, the acting is brilliant, there's lots of cheering should you wish to be a member of the audience that participates. The dancing and acting as brilliant as the sequins. Just a thoroughly great night.
Reviewed on 25 August 2018 by Rosie, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 August 2018 by Bernard, Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
If you love good dancing this is a show for you!
Reviewed on 23 August 2018 by James, Sun City Center, United States
Reviewed on 20 August 2018 by Nadine, Sheffield, United Kingdom
We though the whole show was superb. Matt Cardle as 'compare', story teller and singer was very very good. We liked the subtle links inviting the cast to sing their parts.The Passadoble routines by Fernando Mira were mesmerising. Overall, a fist class performance by everyone involved. We will be booking again. The only point that could be improved was the time taken to be served at the bar during the interval. Hopefully this was a one off. There were only 2 staff members present and, a number of people left the queue behind us without buying refreshments - a missed opportunity for the theatre!
Reviewed on 20 August 2018 by Keith, Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
It was a fun and lively story. Dancing was fantastic
Reviewed on 19 August 2018 by Douglas, Old Orchard Beach, United States
Feel good theatre at its best.
Reviewed on 19 August 2018 by David, Lewes, United Kingdom
Lots of laughs and sparkle, great dancing and fantastic singing. Would highly recommend!
Reviewed on 12 August 2018 by Heather, Portstewart, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 August 2018 by Linda, South Godstone, United Kingdom
Amazing show full of song & dance, very uplifting
Reviewed on 10 August 2018 by Marilyn, Ashford Middx, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by Margaret, Halstead, United Kingdom
Had a fantastic time watching this show. Amazing actors/ actresses and so well cast. Great storyline, truly fantastic.
Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by Tina, Ely, United Kingdom
Amazing performance, Matt Cardle was superb! His voice really made the musical for me although all the cast were still ALL fantastic! The story is absolutely dazzling with more sequins and laughs and heart steeling moments than I even remembered from the first time round earlier in the year. An all round a great night out! I’d see it again in a heartbeat!
Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by Victoria, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by Stewart, Dallas, United States
Reviewed on 08 August 2018 by Anne, Hastings, United Kingdom
Having watched the film many years ago moe than once I was a little worried whether this could be as good. Needn’t have - if anything this is better than the film. All performances are brilliant and Matt Cardle was excellent. Thoroughly recommended.
Reviewed on 05 August 2018 by Derek, Dartford, United Kingdom
An excellent show which was very well acted, very humorous and the dancing amazing. A show we would see again.
Reviewed on 02 August 2018 by Joyce, Colchester, United Kingdom
I couldnt go I was too ill with diarrhea
Reviewed on 02 August 2018 by Eileen, Southgate, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by Kelly
Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by Hwang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fantastic show from start to finish.
Reviewed on 31 July 2018 by Denise, Westerham, United Kingdom
If you want a fun feel good great night out full of brilliant dancing fantastic songs & glitter & sparkle this is the show for you You won’t be disappointed Go see it
Reviewed on 28 July 2018 by Tandy, Worcester Park, United Kingdom
We loved everything about it. Love it!
Reviewed on 28 July 2018 by Rosie, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Show was good loved the music costumes. Storyline a bit corney. Overall enjoyed the singing and dancing. Excellent dancers ...
Reviewed on 26 July 2018 by Kim, Epping, United Kingdom
Everything was spectacular! Made an already great film into something more magical. Dancing was subperb, costume was splendid and it was even funnier than the movie! Fab fab fab!
Reviewed on 26 July 2018 by Rebekah, Wandsworth, United Kingdom
Lively , fun, great music and costumes !The cast were excellent, dancing fabulous ! Will Young was so good as were all the lead parts .Such a fun uplifting Show , I would highly recommend.
Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by Sarah, Eton, United Kingdom
Loved the show. The dancing was amazing and I didn’t expect the humour or the excellent singing and musicI just want to see it again !
Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by Lorna, Willand, United Kingdom
Brilliant evening, sparkly, camp ,fun, all singing and dancing extravaganza.Thoroughly recommend it!
Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Julie, Alton, United Kingdom
I took My Friend for her Birthday and it was Brilliant...We’ve been to Shoes before but I would rate this 10/10...Will Young was Fantastic as were the Cast too...Definitely would recommend this Show.
Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by Catherine, Harlow, United Kingdom
Just go see it. You’re gonna love it.
Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by Donald, Sarasota, United States
we really liked the show the actors were good well worth going to see
Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by Peter, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Thought it disappointing at beginning but quickly improved. The costume and scenery changes were slick and effective. Music great. The acting by the mother and father in particular was great. Their characterisation was wonderful and they conveyed their thoughts and emotions very subtlly but effectively. The dancing was enjoyable and the athleticism and stamina of the dancers but particularly the leading man and lady was breath taking. No advice- just go and enjoy it.
Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by Margaret, Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
Amazing dancing.Basic story. Parents were the best bit. Didn't rate Will.
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Nicola, Slough, United Kingdom
Excellent musical. Will young amazing vocals and a superb live band set the atmosphere. Lively dancing
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Marie, Ilkeston, United Kingdom
Nenjoyed it immensely
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Helen, Murray Bridge, Australia
loved it music and dance was so exciting and swept you along with the story. The set changes minimal, were cleverly done and again kept the show flowing - loved it well done especially to the tech side
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Clive, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Great seats good views no complaints Great
Reviewed on 18 June 2018 by Michaela, Kidbrooke, United Kingdom
Great show very funny good songs great costumes just ticked all the boxes for a good night
Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Tony, London, United Kingdom
Brilliant dancers, both leads and ensemble work well together to put on a hell of a show.
Reviewed on 07 June 2018 by Daniel, København Ø, Denmark
Absolutely loved the show,better than expected and was upgraded which was a nice surprise,would defiantly see it again.
Reviewed on 06 June 2018 by Lisa, Epping, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 June 2018 by Jonathan, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 June 2018 by Jilla, Wimbledon, United Kingdom
Amusing, well-acted, great songs
Reviewed on 03 June 2018 by Lisa, Mitcham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 June 2018 by Susan, Rotherham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by Michele, Epsom, United Kingdom
It was brilliant, funny , colourful and loved it
Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by Susan, London, United Kingdom
Loved it. Was brilliant. will Young was fab
Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by Claire, Rayleigh, United Kingdom
Smiled , clapped, sung along throughout the show! A feast for the eyes- costumes are fab. Really clever imaginative set.
Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by Carol, Buxton, United Kingdom
Amazing acting, dancing and costumes. Loved, loved, loved it!
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Anna-marie, Sidcup, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 May 2018 by Linda, Mariginiup, Australia
What a joy and a fest from the beginning until the end! We did not want it would stopped. We enjoyed every scene, every song, every dance, thank you, it is amazing!
Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by Larisa, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by Emilio, New York, United States
Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by Jonathan, Yarm, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by Barbara, Maisons Alfort, France
Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by Howard, Aylesford, United Kingdom
Singing was dodgy
Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by Katya Sarah, Tarxien, Malta
Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by Fiona, Mount Martha, Australia
Had so much fun at Strictly Ballroom! That paso doble gets me everytime!
Reviewed on 17 April 2018 by Juliet, London, United Kingdom
Love it stunning outfits and dancing. Will Young’s voice it magic
Reviewed on 07 April 2018 by Zoe, Middlesex, United Kingdom
by Hugh Wooldridge | Thursday, April 26 2018, 15:37
To create a great musical, all the stars in the creative firmament have to align: all the artistic and technical departments in a collaborative art-form involving, perhaps, a hundred people, have to coalesce as one. This they did at the Piccadilly Theatre on Tuesday night though, strictly speaking, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is not a musical, it is a heavily disguised play with music.
Strictly Ballroom London - PERHAPS PERHAPS - photo by Johan PerssonReview: Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical at The Piccadilly Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, March 22 2018, 11:12
Excitement is building ahead of the West End premiere of Strictly Ballroom, the stage adaptation of Baz Lurman's feel good cult movie. Previews begin 29th March 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The P.Rs are doing a great job of wetting our appetites by releasing some terrific images of the production in rehearsals. There's also an engaging video promo and you can find each on the show's Facebook page.Dust off your Dancing Shoes - it's Strictly Ballroom, the Stage Musical
by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, September 12 2017, 07:26
Ballroom Dancing fans and those who love a good Cinderella story will be delighted to hear that the stage version of much loved movie musical Strictly Ballroom is coming to the West End after it's National tour.Strictly Ballroom Dances its way into the West End