Cast announced for the UK Tour of DIRTY DANCING

The 2018/19 UK tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage opens in Brighton on Thursday 20 September 2018 before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre), Plymouth, Oxford, Gateshead, Bradford, High Wycombe, Torquay, Swansea, Bromley, Edinburgh, Woking, Aylesbury and Wolverhampton followed by the above new dates. Further 2019 dates to be announced.

The iconic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Hey! Baby’, ‘Do You Love Me?’ and the heart stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, returns to the stage, following two blockbuster West End runs, three hit UK tours, and multiple sensational international productions.

Michael O’Reilly will make his professional debut as ‘Johnny Castle’ and Kira Malou, will star as idealistic ‘Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman’. Kira is a member of the Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage family already, having played the role of ‘Baby’ regularly during the 2016-17 UK tour, as well as being a member of the ensemble. Simone Covele will star as ‘Penny Johnson’.

Joining them are Lynden Edwards as ‘Dr. Jake Houseman’, Lori Haley Fox as ‘Marjorie Houseman’, Lizzie Ottley as ‘Lisa Houseman’, Alex Wheeler as ‘Billy Kostecki’, Jack McKenzie as ‘Max Kellerman’, Greg Fossard as ‘Neil Kellerman’, Colin Charles as ‘Tito Suarez’, Mark Faith as ‘Mr Schumacher’ and Sian Gentle-Green as ‘Elizabeth’. Also joining the company are Amelia Armstrong, Tom Bowen, Shaquille Brush, Stan Doughty, Katie Eccles, Millie Hood, Kieran Kuypers, Ben Mabberley, Sophia McAvoy, Alessia McDermott, Carlie Milner, Oliver Ramsdale, Ashley Rumble, Miles Russell and Austin Wilks.

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.

Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Thu 20 – Sat 29 September 2018 Theatre Royal Brighton
Mon 1 – Sat 6 October 2018 Dartford Orchard Theatre
Tue 9 – Sat 13 October 2018 York Grand Opera House
Mon 15 – Sat 20 October 2018 Stoke Regent Theatre
Tue 23 – Sat 27 October 2018 Hastings White Rock Theatre
Tue 28 October – Sat 3 November 2018 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Mon 5 – Sat 10 November 2018 Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre
Tue 13 – Sat 17 November 2018 Preston Guild Hall
Mon 19 – Sat 24 November 2018 London New Wimbledon Theatre
Tue 27 Nov – Sat 1 December 2018 Plymouth Pavilions
Tue 4 – Sat 8 December 2018 Oxford New Theatre
Sat 19 – Fri 25 January 2019 Gateshead Sage
Mon 28 January – Sat 2 February 2019 Bradford Alhambra Theatre
Mon 4 – Sat 9 February 2019 High Wycombe Swan
Mon 11 – Sat 16 February 2019 Torquay Princess Theatre
Mon 18 – Sat 23 February 2019 Swansea Grand Theatre
Mon 25 February – Sat 2 March 2019 Bromley Churchill Theatre
Mon 4 – Sat 9 March 2019 Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Mon 18 – Sat 23 March 2019 Woking New Victoria Theatre
Mon 25 – Sat 30 March 2019 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Mon 1 – Sat 6 April 2019 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Mon 8 – Sat 13 April 2019 Ipswich Regent Theatre
Mon 22 – Sat 27 April 2019 Manchester Palace Theatre
Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 2019 Guildford G Live
Mon 6 – Sat 11 May 2019 Liverpool Empire
Tue 14 – Sat 18 May 2019 Grimsby Auditorium
Mon 20 – Sat 25 May 2019 Glasgow King’s Theatre
Mon 1 – Sat 6 July 2019 Bristol Hippodrome


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