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Strictly Ballroom the Musical Tickets

Piccadilly Theatre

Olivier Award-winning director and choreographer Drew McOnie leads a transfer production of Baz Luhrmann’s glittering Strictly Ballroom the Musical, starring Matt Cardle, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen. Playing at the Piccadilly Theatre, the musical follows the story of Scott Hastings, a dancer who defies the rules to follow his heart. After a hugely successful revival in 2016 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the sensationally romantic dance musical comes to the West End!

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical waltzes into the Piccadilly Theatre for a West End run, following a hugely successful revival at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016. Originally premiering in 2014 at Australia’s Sydney Lyric Theatre, the vibrant production is an uplifting celebration that inspired the world to dance! Now the production returns, featuring a star-studded cast including Matt Cardle and Zizi Strallen.

Based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name, starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice, the story is adapted from a short play Luhrmann wrote in the 1980’s. Strictly Ballroom follows competitive ballroom dancer Scott, who is hell-bent on bending the rules to create his own moves, much to the ballroom-purists’ chagrin. But when he teams up with left-footed partner Fran, Scott defies the rules to follow his heart and win the Pan Pacifics his own way.

Featuring a book by Luhrmann and Craig Pierce, the musical features global star's smash-hit songs from the original film including “Love is in the Air”, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps”, “Time After Time” and “Standing in the Rain”.

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs the production, with previous credits including In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar and On the Town. McOnie is also directing the upcoming Broadway musical King Kong. Strictly Ballroom also includes set design by Soutra Gilmour, costume design by Catherine Martin, lighting design by Howard Hudson and sound design by Gareth Owen, with musical supervision by David Caddick and orchestrations by Simon Hale.

A stellar cast leads the production, including well-known singer Matt Cardle (Memphis) as Wally Strand, Jonny Labey (EastEnders) as Scott Hastings and Zizi Strallen (Follies, Cats) as Fran. Casting also includes Michelle Bishop as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas as Merv, Gabriela Garcia as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve as Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira as Rico, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela, Lauren Stroud as Liz Holt and Gary Watson as Ken Railings, as well as Anna Francolini as Shirley Hastings and Gerard Horan as Barry Fife.

Additional casting includes Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Selina Hamilton, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Dale White.

Strictly Ballroom is considered as part of Luhrmann’s “Red Curtain Trilogy”, which also includes smash-hit films Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Best known for his unique films, further credits include The Great Gatsby, whilst Moulin Rouge is undergoing workshops to adapt it into a stage musical. A heart-warming, romantic tale of the power of dance, Strictly Ballroom the Musical plays at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Sorry this show closed 22 December 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
21 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 12+. No under 5's.
Audience Notes:
Fans of dance musicals, including Dirty Dancing Live On Stage, Burn the Floor, The Last Tango and more will be thrilled by this romantic tale, which is adapted from the beloved film and should be sure to snap up their Strictly Ballroom tickets.

Strictly Ballroom the Musical Reviews

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User Reviews


Completely didn’t know what to expect from this show - wasn’t too bothered if I didn’t get to see it however managed to get extremely lucky with rush tickets for the matinee on the closing day of the show. The show I felt didn’t have the most amazing Read more

Performance date: 27 October 2018

Great show! Incredible dancing - Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen, and Charlotte Gooch were fabulous

Performance date: 29 August 2018

Having seen the film many times, I really enjoyed the show and frustratingly it was only marred by the uncomfy seating. Some wonderful set pieces and fantastic dancing throughout. Still slightly confused as to the point of the singer in the story (he Read more

Performance date: 17 October 2018
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