Strictly Come Dancing finalist and much loved former EastEnders star, Maisie Smith, will make her musical theatre debut later this year, as she co-stars in the 2022/23 UK tour* of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical in the lead female role of Fran, alongside her former Strictly dance partner, Kevin Clifton, who she waltzed her way to victory with in the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Children In Need Special.
The musical, based on the award-winning global film phenomenon of the same name, inspired the world to dance and spawned the smash hit TV series Strictly Come Dancing. And now, new for 2022/23, this all-singing, all-dancing and all-glittering show – directed and co-choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood – is set to dazzle audiences once more with this glittering cast. Kicking off in Portsmouth on 26 September, the musical will then waltz around the UK before culminating in Bristol in July 2023.
Maisie first wowed Strictly fans with her dancing in 2019 in the Children In Need TV special with Kevin Clifton. After winning the hearts of the public, the following year she danced her way into the BBC One Strictly Come Dancing final. Earlier this year, Maisie joined the cast of the Strictly Live Arena Tour. She will now add another jewel to her Strictly crown, as she makes the move into musical theatre in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical, co-choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Creative Director Jason Gilkison, tells the beguiling story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer – played by former Strictly Come Dancing professional and 2018 champion, Kevin Clifton. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran (Maisie Smith), a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families – and discover that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom.
Featuring a show-stopping book by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, and bringing together a sublime cast of over 20 world class performers, Strictly Ballroom brings to life iconic songs, including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time with dynamic and joyous verve. This tour will also feature some amazing new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. The show’s scintillating singing, dazzling dancing and eye-popping costumes will combine together to bring audiences a story of heart, comedy and drama, and promises to be an unforgettable night under the glitter ball.
Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a fabulous, feel-good evening full of sequins, singing and salsa. This unmissable kaleidoscope of glitz and glamour is a tonic for the soul and will send your heart soaring and toes tapping long after you leave the theatre!
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – 2022 TOUR DATES
26th September – 1st October Portsmouth, Kings Theatre
3rd October – 8th October Bromley, Churchill Theatre
10th October – 15th October Sunderland, Empire
17th October – 22nd October Liverpool, Empire
24th October – 29th October Llandudno, Venue Cymru
31st October – 5th November Birmingham, Hippodrome
7th November – 12th November London, New Wimbledon Theatre
14th November – 19th November Darlington, Hippodrome
21st November – 26th November Blackpool, Winter Gardens
28th November – 3rd December Peterborough, New Theatre
8th December – 13th December Sheffield, City Hall
20th December – 31st December Guildford, G Live
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – 2023 TOUR DATES
9th January – 14th January Ipswich, Regent Theatre
16th January – 21st January Reading, The Hexagon
23rd January – 28th January Cardiff, Millennium Centre
30th January – 4th February Plymouth, Theatre Royal
6th February – 11th February Truro, Hall for Cornwall
13th February – 18th February Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre
20th February – 25th February Southampton, Mayflower Theatre
27th February – 4th March Northampton, Royal & Derngate
6th March – 11th March Hull, New Theatre
13th March – 18th March Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
20th March – 25th March Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
27th March – 1st April Bradford, Alhambra Theatre
3rd April – 8th April Milton Keynes, Theatre
10th April – 15th April Norwich, Theatre Royal
17th April – 22nd April Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
24th April – 29th April York, Grand Opera House
1st May – 6th May Newcastle, Theatre Royal
8th May – 13th May Edinburgh, Playhouse
15th May – 20th May Aberdeen, Performing Arts
22nd May – 27th May Derry, Millennium Forum Theatre
5th June – 10th June Glasgow, Theatre Royal
12th June – 17th June Aylesbury, Waterside
19th June – 24th June Nottingham, Theatre Royal
26th June – 1st July Salford, The Lowry
3rd July – 8th July Leeds, Grand Theatre
10th July – 15th July Bristol, Hippodrome
For more information visit strictlyballroomtour.co.uk