In a fresh new production which had delighted audiences all over the country, the classic tale returned with heart-pounding music, beautiful emotion and some sensationally sexy dancing.
Dirty Dancing tells the unforgettable story of Johnny and Baby, two fiery and passionate young people from two very different worlds. When they are brought together for one of the hardest summers of their lives, will they be able to triumph?
This new production featured 35 smash hit songs, brilliantly blending the original film’s soundtrack with the fantastic live performance. Classic tracks include Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby”, Solomon Burke’s “Cry To Me” and Otis Redding’s first record “These Arms of Mine”. The production also featured some of the biggest fan favourites, such as “Hungry Eyes”, “Do You Love Me?” and the unforgettable “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” which helped make Dirty Dancing one of the most popular soundtracks ever recorded.
The story is set in the summer of 1963 and centres of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, who is due to learn a thing or two about both life and dancing. While on vacation in the mountains with her parents and older sister, she has little interest in what the resort has to offer, that is until she discovers the secret all-night staff dance party.
After being taken in by the dirty dancing and pounding beats, Baby cannot help but want to be a part of it all, particularly after she meets the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Her life is soon changed forever, as she is catapulted into the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both off and on-stage in the most memorable summer of her life.
This production of Dirty Dancing first premiered in Australia back in 2004, before becoming a worldwide phenomenon, playing all across the world and touring in a huge range of countries.
Dirty Dancing at the Phoenix Theatre gave West End theatregoers one more chance to see this incredible acclaimed production of the classic movie, with a limited run of 30 performances which began on the 6th December 2016 and ran through until 31st December 2016.
Best seatsYou will generally get good views in most seats within the stalls at the Phoenix Theatre, without any imposing supporting pillars and a good rake down to the stage. The very front rows can leave you craning your neck somewhat, however can often give good value for money.
The front two rows in the Dress Circle can be slightly restricted by a safety rail and suffer from a lack of leg room, however the views throughout this section can generally be quite good without feeling too distant. The Upper Circle has a similar safety rail, however in general the seats tend to be okay, especially for the price.
Important informationPlaying at: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JG
Performance dates: 21 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (including interval)
Age restrictions: Recommended ages 12+
Special notice: Dirty Dancing is perfect for anyone who loves the original film and wants to see the beautiful story of Johnny and Baby relived once more in a fabulous new production. With the unforgettable soundtrack at the heart of this production, it is highly recommended for those who obsess over the music and dancing which makes Dirty Dancing so unforgettable.