Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY GB

Strictly Ballroom

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4.9/5 - based on 107 reviews Tickets from £15.00 Show Closed
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About Strictly Ballroom

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
Strictly Ballroom description

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!

Strictly Ballroom reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 107 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (91%)
Families (93%)
Teenagers (93%)
Couples (94%)
Theatregoers (97%)
Latest customer reviews
Susan
Colourful

Great show worth seeing.

Reviewed on 28 October 2018 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

christopher
Must See

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 , Weston-super-mare, United Kingdom

David
Joyous feel good show

Reviewed on 19 October 2018 by , Wallasey, United Kingdom

Julie

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 , Frederiksberg, Denmark

Marina
Not to be missed

Reviewed on 18 October 2018 by , Middx, United Kingdom

Graeme
Great show

Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by , Gordon, Australia

Gail
Great entertainment-dance, singing & choreography

Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by , Bilgola Plateau, Australia

Mary

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 , Hockley, United Kingdom

Evelyn
Wonderful show for everyone

Fantastic show great for everyone loads of laughs and the actors really got the audience involved.

Reviewed on 14 October 2018 by , Madora Bay, Australia

Caroline
Spectacular

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 , Epsom Downs, United Kingdom

Madeleine

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 , London, United Kingdom

Sandra
Great show with fantastic dancing and singing

Reviewed on 06 October 2018 by , Loughton, United Kingdom

Raymond
Great production

Great humour, fantastic dancing, good music. The best show we saw whilst here.

Reviewed on 04 October 2018 by , Bathurst, Australia

Brodie
Lots of fun

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 , Melbourne, Australia

Margie
Loved the movie--and now the play!

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 , Hillsboro, United States Of America

Lucinda
Ridiculous, funny, sparkly, light hearted

Reviewed on 25 September 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Sarah
Must see show

Reviewed on 19 September 2018 by , Bexhill-on-sea, United Kingdom

linda

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 , Godalming, United Kingdom

Elizabeth
Brilliant

Matt Cardell was amazing

Reviewed on 09 September 2018 by , Malden Rushett, United Kingdom

Emma
A must see and true to the movie

Fabulous costumes, music, creative set and great cast! Hey

Reviewed on 09 September 2018 by , Deloraine, Australia

Kate
Great fun

Reviewed on 07 September 2018 by , Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Carol
Excellent and great show

Reviewed on 07 September 2018 by , Upminsster, United Kingdom

John
A must see musical

Reviewed on 06 September 2018 by , Swindon, United Kingdom

John
Fantastic

Fantastic show. Best west end show seen for years. Stuck closely to film plus some great comic additions

Reviewed on 02 September 2018 by , Ashwell, United Kingdom

DAVID
Good fun evening, faithful to the movie

Reviewed on 27 August 2018 by , Singapore, Singapore

Rosie
So much fun!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Bernard
Must see !

Reviewed on 24 August 2018 by , Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

James
Dancing extravaganza

If you love good dancing this is a show for you!

Reviewed on 23 August 2018 by , Sun City Center, United States

Nadine
Lots of fun & fabulous dancing

Reviewed on 20 August 2018 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

Keith
Excelent! Well worth seeing!

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 , Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

Douglas
Fun Show!

It was a fun and lively story. Dancing was fantastic

Reviewed on 19 August 2018 by , Old Orchard Beach, United States

David
Brilliant

Feel good theatre at its best.

Reviewed on 19 August 2018 by , Lewes, United Kingdom

Heather
What a fun show

Lots of laughs and sparkle, great dancing and fantastic singing. Would highly recommend!

Reviewed on 12 August 2018 by , Portstewart, United Kingdom

Linda
matt cardel starvof show

Reviewed on 11 August 2018 by , South Godstone, United Kingdom

Marilyn
Uplifting

Amazing show full of song & dance, very uplifting

Reviewed on 10 August 2018 by , Ashford Middx, United Kingdom

Margaret
Great energy and entertainment

Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by , Halstead, United Kingdom

Tina
Amazing

Had a fantastic time watching this show. Amazing actors/ actresses and so well cast. Great storyline, truly fantastic.

Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by , Ely, United Kingdom

Victoria
Dazzling Performance 2nd time round!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Stewart
fun

Reviewed on 09 August 2018 by , Dallas, United States

Anne
Fabulous evening

Reviewed on 08 August 2018 by , Hastings, United Kingdom

Derek
Simply wonderful

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 , Dartford, United Kingdom

Joyce
Excellent must see

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 , Colchester, United Kingdom

EILEEN
show

I couldnt go I was too ill with diarrhea

Reviewed on 02 August 2018 by , Southgate, United Kingdom

Kelly
My New Favourite Show

Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by

Hwang
Brilliant and excellent performance

Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Denise
Feel Good

Fantastic show from start to finish.

Reviewed on 31 July 2018 by , Westerham, United Kingdom

Tandy
Strictly Ballroom Is Simply The Best

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 , Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Rosie
Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!

We loved everything about it. Love it!

Reviewed on 28 July 2018 by , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Kim
Wonderful costumes excellent show

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 , Epping, United Kingdom

Rebekah
Showstopping

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 , Wandsworth, United Kingdom

Sarah
Absolutely Brilliant !

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 , Eton, United Kingdom

Lorna
Amazing show with humour and good music and dancing

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 , Willand, United Kingdom

Julie
Absolutely camptastic

Brilliant evening, sparkly, camp ,fun, all singing and dancing extravaganza.Thoroughly recommend it!

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by , Alton, United Kingdom

Catherine
Brilliantly Funny

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 , Harlow, United Kingdom

Donald
Outstanding in every way

Just go see it. You’re gonna love it.

Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by , Sarasota, United States

peter
must see

we really liked the show the actors were good well worth going to see

Reviewed on 19 July 2018 by , Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

Margaret
Enjoyable, lively show.

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 , Carrickfergus, United Kingdom

Nicola
Funny and full of character but didn't rate Will

Amazing dancing.Basic story. Parents were the best bit. Didn't rate Will.

Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by , Slough, United Kingdom

Marie
Superb musical

Excellent musical. Will young amazing vocals and a superb live band set the atmosphere. Lively dancing

Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by , Ilkeston, United Kingdom

Helen
Awesome re-telling of an Aussie classic

Nenjoyed it immensely

Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by , Murray Bridge, Australia

Clive
great show

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 , Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

michaela
Funny and great

Great seats good views no complaints Great

Reviewed on 18 June 2018 by , Kidbrooke, United Kingdom

Tony
A night to remember

Great show very funny good songs great costumes just ticked all the boxes for a good night

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Daniel
If you're into dance, this is a must see!

Brilliant dancers, both leads and ensemble work well together to put on a hell of a show.

Reviewed on 07 June 2018 by , København Ø, Denmark

Lisa
Must see

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 , Epping, United Kingdom

Jonathan
Family fun

Reviewed on 06 June 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Jilla
Great night out with parents!

Reviewed on 05 June 2018 by , Wimbledon, United Kingdom

Lisa
Superb

Amusing, well-acted, great songs

Reviewed on 03 June 2018 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom

Susan
Uplifting

Reviewed on 02 June 2018 by , Rotherham, United Kingdom

michele
Brilliant

Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by , Epsom, United Kingdom

Susan
Strictly

It was brilliant, funny , colourful and loved it

Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Claire
Wonderful show

Loved it. Was brilliant. will Young was fab

Reviewed on 01 June 2018 by , Rayleigh, United Kingdom

Carol
Strictly wonderful

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 , Buxton, United Kingdom

Anna-Marie
Absolutely fabulous!

Amazing acting, dancing and costumes. Loved, loved, loved it!

Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by , Sidcup, United Kingdom

Linda
Fantastic

Reviewed on 28 May 2018 by , Mariginiup, Australia

Larisa
Absolutely stunning!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Emilio
A fun show with amazing dancing!

Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by , New York, United States

Jonathan
First class

Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by , Yarm, United Kingdom

Barbara
Great show!

Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by , Maisons Alfort, France

Howard
Very enjoyable.

Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by , Aylesford, United Kingdom

Katya Sarah
Good show. Could be better

Singing was dodgy

Reviewed on 08 May 2018 by , Tarxien, Malta

Fiona
Spectacular

Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by , Mount Martha, Australia

Juliet
A great night out

Had so much fun at Strictly Ballroom! That paso doble gets me everytime!

Reviewed on 17 April 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Zoe
Fun feel good factor . Fabulous dancing and very sparkly dresses

Love it stunning outfits and dancing. Will Young’s voice it magic

Reviewed on 07 April 2018 by , Middlesex, United Kingdom

26 Apr
2018
Hugh Wooldridge

Review: Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical at The Piccadilly Theatre

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 PerssonStrictly Ballroom London - PERHAPS PERHAPS - photo by Johan Persson

Review: Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical at The Piccadilly Theatre
22 Mar
2018
Phil Willmott

Dust off your Dancing Shoes - it's Strictly Ballroom, the Stage Musical

by Phil Willmott | Thursday, March 22 2018, 11:12

Strictly Ballroom - The Musical 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
12 Sep
2017
Phil Willmott

Strictly Ballroom Dances its way into the West End

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, September 12 2017, 07:26

Strictly Ballroom - The Musical 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