The West End production of Strictly Ballroom is set to close early in the West End after a seven-month run. Baz Luhrmann’s musical is based on his 1992 film of the same name, which formed part of his Red Curtain trilogy alongside Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. It tells the story of a competitive ballroom dancer who goes against the sport’s conventions, and enlists the help of a partner who will dance with him. Strictly Ballroom’s soundtrack includes a number of well-known hits like “Love Is In The Air”, “Time After Time” and “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”.
Be careful what you sometimes wish for. When I reviewed this stage version of Baz Luhrmann's first hit film Strictly Ballroom from 1992 on its UK premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in late 2016, I praised the dancing - but wrote that it needs more work to resonate dramatically and scenically. Now it's been overhauled - and it feels like the spirit has been crushed out of it more or less... Read more