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: 14 Dec 2018
Booking until: 20 Oct 2018

Location and map

Piccadilly Theatre
16 Denman Street
London, W1D 7DY

200 Reviews Add review

We loved the show! It’s a shame it didn’t get better audiences as it was so much fun and the cast were great. We had the best part... More

Traceynh 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 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 bi... More

vanhellsink1 6", 44 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, 5 helpful votes

This was a really fun show, which provided lots of glitter, well known songs and laughs. Very camp and wonderfully colourful costu... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 166 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Loved the show. The music, the dancing, the humour, the colours... It makes a fantastic production.

Martin02 177cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful show. Great music and dancing and talented cast.

hannahw2 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Such a fun show! Was the perfect choice for an entertaining evening - sat with a smile on my face for most of it! Matt Cardle was ... More

elainethom 5’ 8, 32 reviews, 0 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 recogni... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 166 reviews, 9 helpful votes