Strictly Ballroom the Musical at Piccadilly Theatre tickets
Strictly Ballroom the Musical at Piccadilly Theatre tickets

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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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+. No under 5's.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 16 Mar 2018
Press night: 11 Apr 2018
Booking from: 21 Dec 2018
Booking until: 22 Dec 2018

Location and map

Piccadilly Theatre
16 Denman Street
London, W1D 7DY

222 Reviews Add review

Absolutely adore this show, probably because it's directed and choreographed by the exceptional Drew McOnie. It's just an evening of... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Without a doubt the feel good show of the year being a cross between Kinky Boots/Priscilla/Mama Mia. Frankly, heretofore not a big... More

vanhellsink1 6", 47 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Let's be honest, the book of the show is pretty naff and predictable, but this show is SO much fun! Will Young's understudy was on,... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 6 helpful votes

This show is great. I loved the Aussie accents. It was a really cheesy show which made me giggle all the way through and I recognised... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 192 reviews, 10 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. Drew McOnie’s choreography never disappoints and Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey were an absolute joy to... More

karenstratton 5'4", 38 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Show was still in previews. Fun show with more sparkle than you can shake a stick at. Would like to have seen the whole cast sing more... More

stevesherwin 6”1, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Strictly Ballroom is a pretty fun show and everything you'd expect from a show choreographed by Drew McOnie, starring Will Young and... More

shaun 5"10, 146 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is very cheesy and saccharine sweet! With over 30(!) hit songs crammed in, I thought it was just a bit TOO much and should have... More

joc78 5"4, 361 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Having seen the film many times, I really enjoyed the show and frustratingly it was only marred by the uncomfy seating. Some wonderful... More

TrudyPaine 5'2", 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote