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Dirty Dancing - dates announced for 2019

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCER Karl Sydow has announced further dates for the all new tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, which tours the UK in 2018/19.

As previously announced, the show opens at Brighton Theatre Royal on Thursday, September 20, 2018 before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre) Plymouth and Oxford.

Further dates for 2019 include Sage Gateshead, Bradford Alhambra Theatre, High Wycombe Swan, Torquay Princess Theatre, Swansea Grand Theatre, Bromley Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Woking New Victoria Theatre and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – with further dates to be announced.

The new dates are on sale from Friday, March 23, 2018.

Previously Posted: Producer Karl Sydow has announced that an all new tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will tour the UK in 2018.

Described as sensationally sexy, the show opens at Brighton Theatre Royal on Thursday, September 20, before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre – November 19 to November 24), Plymouth and Oxford – with further dates to be announced.

This new tour follows the 2016/17 tour that played to sold out audiences over a 12 month period and took over £13 million in ticket sales, three blockbuster West End runs, multiple sell out UK tours and numerous international productions.

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.

On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.

Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensational dancing, the classic story of Baby and Johnny features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage originally opened at London’s Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over two million people during its triumphant five year run.

Since its Australian debut in 2004, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has become a worldwide phenomenon, with productions staged in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe, consistently breaking box office records. Recent sell out tours include France, Germany and Australia.

The first UK tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage launched in 2011 and then returned to the West End in 2013 playing at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, prior to launching a second UK and Ireland tour. A further tour and West End Christmas season followed in 2016/17.

Produced by Karl Sydow and Joye Entertainment in association with Lionsgate, Magic Hour Productions and Triple A Entertainment Group, and written by Eleanor Bergstein – script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film – the production features the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film, as well as exciting extra scenes.

Casting for the 2018 tour has not yet been announced.