Full cast announced for UK tour of Dirty Dancing





The Producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage are delighted to announce full casting for the 2014-2015 UK and Ireland tour.


Gareth Bailey will star as Johnny Castle, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture. Gareth started his Dirty Dancing journey in the first UK tour where he played Robbie. He then went on to  play Johnny Castle in South Africa as part of the international tour of Dirty Dancing, prior to joining the West End company at the Piccadilly Theatre. Other credits include Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (UK tour); Starlight Express (Germany); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Cinderella (Cliffs Pavilion).


Roseanna Frascona will be carrying the watermelon as idealistic Baby Houseman, who discovers love and life in the summer she will never forget. Roseanna’s credits include At First Sight (UK tour); The Taming of the Shrew (international tour); Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse) and Antigone (Southwark Playhouse).


Claire Rogers will play Penny Johnson. Claire’s credits include Dirty Dancing (Piccadilly); Chicago (UK tour); Moulin Rouge (Paris and international tours) and La Varieté (Hackney Empire). Her film and television credits include Nine (The Weinstein Company); Victoria Wood’s Christmas Cracker – The Giddy Kipper and Fashion TV (Sky) and Star Academy for French TV.


The cast also includes James Coombes as Dr. Jake Houseman, Julia J. Nagle as Marjorie Houseman, Jessie-Lou Yates as Lisa Houseman, Colin Charles as Tito Suarez, Alexander Wolfe as Neil Kellerman, Michael Remick as Max Kellerman, Wayne Smith as Billy Kostecki and Mark Faith as Mr Schumacher. Also joining the company are James Bennett, Sarah Cortez, Lizzi Franklin, Francis Haugen, Antony Hewitt, Verity Jones, Lewis Kirk, Robin Lake, Garry Lee, Carly Miles, Carlie Milner, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Marlon Moore, Brandon Lee Sears and Natalie Winsor.


The Dirty Dancing tour launches at the Bristol Hippodrome on 15 March 2014, and will then visit Sheffield, Newcastle, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Oxford, Eastbourne, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool.


The first ever UK tour took an unprecedented £42,000,000 at theatres across the country and received standing ovations and 5 star reviews. It also smashed box office records in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dublin, Leeds and Stoke-On-Trent. The production subsequently ran at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End until 23February 2014, prior to launching a new UK and Ireland tour in March 2014.


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


The tantalising dance sequences and brand new choreography come alive on stage, set to 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’, plus many additional songs, making the show a truly extraordinary live experience.


Dirty Dancing –The Classic Story On Stage opened at the 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 famous Aldwych Theatre and played to over 2 million people during its triumphant 5 year run. A hit show all around the world, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has opened in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa, consistently breaking box office records.



Current UK & Ireland tour dates:
Bristol – Bristol Hippodrome, Saturday 15 March – Saturday 5 April 2014
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday 15 April – Saturday 3 May 2014
Newcastle – Theatre Royal, Tuesday 6 – Saturday 31 May 2014
Southampton – Mayflower, Tuesday 10 – Saturday 28 June 2014
Dublin – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Tuesday 8 – Saturday 26 July 2014
Belfast – Grand Opera House, Tuesday 29 July – Saturday 16 August 2014
Glasgow King’s Theatre, Tuesday 26 August – Saturday 20 September 2014
Wolverhampton – Grand Theatre, Tuesday 23 September – Saturday 11 October 2014
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre, Tuesday 21 October – Saturday 8 November 2014
Leeds Grand Theatre, Tuesday 11 November – Saturday 6 December 2014
Oxford New Theatre, Tuesday 9 December 2014 – Saturday 3 January 2015
Eastbourne Congress Theatre, Tuesday 13 – Saturday 24 January 2015
Sunderland – Empire Theatre, Tuesday 27 January – Saturday 14 February 2015
Edinburgh – Edinburgh Playhouse, Tuesday 24 February – Saturday 14 March 2015
Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Tuesday 17 – Saturday 28 March 2015
Priority on-sale Friday 14 March, general on-sale Friday 28 March 2014
Liverpool Liverpool Empire, Tuesday 7 – Saturday 25 April 2015