Dirty Dancing to Return to West End Following Record-Breaking National Tour

News   Dirty Dancing to Return to West End Following Record-Breaking National Tour
 
Diry Dancing, the stage version of the 1987 film of the same name that first premiered in Australia in 2004 before transferring to the West End two years later, will return to London following its current national tour. It will begin performances at the Piccadilly Theatre July 13, where it replaces Viva Forever!, which has previously announced it is shuttering June 29.

It follows its current U.K. and Ireland national tour, where it has been seen by over one million people since it was launched in 2011. A new U.K. tour will be launched in March 2014, following its West End return, which is booking through Feb. 22.

The original West End run of the show at the Aldwych Theatre opened in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million, which at the time represented the fastest-ever selling show in West End history. It also subsequently became the longest-running show in the history of the Aldwych, playing to over two million people in its five-year run.

Written by Eleanor Bergstein, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, the production features the same much-loved characters and original dialogue, with extra scenes added in. The score includes all the hits from the unforgettable soundtrack, including "Do You Love Me?," "Hungry Eyes" and the Academy Award-winning "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."

In a press statement, co-producer Karl Sydow commented, "We’re delighted to bring the much-loved and iconic Dirty Dancing back to London in an all new exciting production that has thrilled audiences around the country. We look forward to welcoming the many fans of Dirty Dancing to the Piccadilly Theatre this summer.”

To book tickets, which go on sale May 13, contact the box office on 0844 871 7630, or visit dirtydancingonstage.co.uk.

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