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Strictly Ballroom The Musical - Anna Francolini and Gerard Horan join cast

Anna Francolini

Casting news

ANNA Francolini and Gerard Horan will join previously announced Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young in the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s classic film that inspired the world to dance, it opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on April 24, 2018 following preview performances from March 29.

Anna Francolini will play Shirley Hastings, the hilarious former dancer who will do whatever it takes to ensure her son Scott succeeds. Francolini’s stage credits include and Peter Pan (National Theatre), That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Onassis (Novello Theatre).

Gerard Horan will play Barry Fife, the corrupt ruler of the ballroom-dancing world. Horan’s stage credits include The Ferryman (Royal Court/Gielgud Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket). His screen work includes Murder on the Orient Express, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Les Miserables (film); Outlander, Doctor Who and three series of The Detectorists (TV).

Gerard Horan

Strictly Ballroom is the romantic story that was embraced around the world, and went on to put the Strictly into Come Dancing! Based on the multi award-winning movie, the first instalment from Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, the musical production is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.

When rogue championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to compete in the Pan Pacific Championship his own way. Their love blossoms as their routines flourish, and together they triumph in bringing down the sequin-clad regime of the Dance Federation.

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