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Strictly Ballroom The Musical - Matt Cardle to continue as Wally Strand until end of run

Strictly Ballroom - Love Is In The Air - Zizi Strallen, Matt Cardle and Jonny Labey. Photo by Johan Persson.

MATT Cardle will continue in the role of band leader Wally Strand in Strictly Ballroom The Musical until it completes its celebrated run at the Piccadilly Theatre on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Cardle stars alongside Jonny Labey (EastEnders, In The Heights) and Scott and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies) as Fran.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical will complete its run at the Piccadilly Theatre on October 27, 2018.

The show’s producers said: “We are immensely proud of the production, led by our hugely talented cast and creative team, and have been thrilled by the standing ovations that audiences have responded with night after night. We would like to thank everyone involved for bringing this joyous new musical to the stage.”

Previously Posted: Best-selling recording artist, X-Factor winner and West End star Matt Cardle officially joins the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical tonight (August 8, 2018).

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed film and now transformed into a spectacular and joyous West End musical, Cardle plays the role of band leader Wally Strand at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott Hastings – an arrogant young ballroom champion who gets in trouble for daring to dance his own steps. When he ends up dancing with a beginner, Fran, together they find the courage to defy tradition with moves that aren’t “strictly ballroom”…

The cast is led by Jonny Labey (EastEnders) as Scott and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies) as Fran.

The cast includes Michelle Bishop (The Great American Trailer, Sunset Boulevard) as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin) as Merv, Anna Francolini (Peter Pan, wonder.land) as Shirley Hastings, Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights, Ghost) as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Dirty Dancing) as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Les Kendall, Gerard Horan (The Ferryman, The Vote) as Barry Fife, Liam Marcellino (Cabaret, Miss Saigon) as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews (The Lion King, The Producers) as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira (ENO, Victorian State Opera) as Rico, Eve Polycarpou (Palace of the End, In The Heights) as Abuela, Lauren Stroud (Scrooge, Top Hat) as Liz Holt and Gary Watson (Jersey Boys, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, A Chorus Line) as Ken Railings.

Completing the cast are Chris Bennett, Chrissy Brooke, Hannah Fairclough, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Selina Hamilton, Tim Hodges, Christopher D Hunt, Luke Jackson, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Jacob Maynard, Freya Rowley, Leanne Pinder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Dale White.

Image: Strictly Ballroom – Love Is In The Air – Zizi Strallen, Matt Cardle and Jonny Labey. Photo by Johan Persson.