Award-winning writer Baz Luhrmann, known for creating the films Moulin Rouge!, Romeo & Juliet and The Great Gatsby, presents Strictly Ballroom, a brand new musical inspired by his classic 1992 film.
Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott, a competitive ballroom dancer in '80s Australia who makes up his own moves and finds himself aggravating ballroom-purists. He follows his heart to, not only find his true calling in dance, but also find his true love.
Following in the footsteps of Will Young (Cabaret), Matt Cardle stars in Strictly Ballroom as bandmaster Wally Strand.
Strictly Ballroom is set to close in the West End on 27th October.
The 1992 film was based on a stage play Luhrmann write whilst he was studying in Sydney, and it starred Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter. It was the first in Luhrmann’s ‘The Red Curtain Trilogy’, which is also made up of Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!
The stage musical adaptation got its world premiere in Australia in 2014. It ran at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. It includes the hit songs from the film “Love Is In The Air”, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” and “Time After Time”.
The production got its UK premiere in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in December 2016. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar), the production starred Gemma Sutton, Sam Lips, Tamsin Carroll and Stephen Matthews.
Strictly Ballroom opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2018 starring Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen. The production received numerous updates from the original Leeds run, including the addition of Young's bandmaster character Wally Strand (currently played by Cardle).
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Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the inspiring story of Scott, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love.