Strictly Ballroom
Strictly Ballroom

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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. 

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). 

Strictly Ballroom the Musical Tickets are on sale now. 

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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.

Suitable for age 6+.
Baz Luhrmann
Drew McOnie
Drew McOnie
Cast list:
Zizi Strallen, Jonny Labey, Matt Cardle

Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

Strictly Ballroom Customer reviews

Our Strictly Ballroom Review

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

Latest Strictly Ballroom News & Features

Strictly Ballroom to close in the West End
Strictly Ballroom to close in the West End
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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”.

Matt Cardle to join cast of Strictly Ballroom
Friday, July 6, 2018

Matt Cardle will join the cast of the West End production of Strictly Ballroom, taking over from Will Young at the Piccadilly Theatre. Cardle burst onto the scene when he won the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010, and his version of Biffy Clyro’s “Many of Horror” went straight to number one. In 2015, he made his acting debut in the West End production of Memphis. He will now take over from Will Young in the role of Wally Strand, the band leader in the show, from 31st July. Tickets for Strictly Ballroom are available now.

Video: Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Dale White on the dancing in Strictly Ballroom
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Since it hit the West End in April, Strictly Ballroom has been dazzling audiences with its eclectic range of dance styles, from tangos and to the pasodoble to ballroom. The story centres on Scott Hastings, a professional dancer who is determined to go against the rules and slip moves that are banned by the dancing federation into his routine. Being such a rebel means it’s difficult for him to find a dance partner, until he’s approached by Fran, an amateur who says she’ll perform with him.

Top theatre openings April
Top 10 theatre openings in London this April
Thursday, March 29, 2018

As we head into April, there are some huge musicals both opening and returning to the London, as well as some great plays in the West End and at fringe venues across the capital. Here’s what you should be booking for this coming month. Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner   Tina - The Tina Turner Musical Aldwych Theatre

Will Young
Will Young, Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey announced for Strictly Ballroom
Friday, November 10, 2017

Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom, which will be directed by Drew McOnie at the Piccadilly Theatre from next March. The musical will star Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey as and Fran and Scott, with Will Young taking up a bandleader role which has been specially created for the London run.

Strictly Ballroom
Strictly Ballroom to transfer to London's Piccadilly Theatre in 2018
Friday, September 8, 2017

Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom is to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London following a successful run in Leeds last year. The show, based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film, opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, and is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; The Lorax, Old Vic). It will run at the Piccadilly Theatre from 16th March 2018, with an official opening on 11th April. 

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