See West End musicals featured on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Week 11 of the hit ballroom dancing competition programme is Musicals Week, and five couples will perform to songs from beloved theatre on 2 December.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The best of the West End meets the ballroom! On 2 December, it's Musicals Week on Strictly Come Dancing, where the five remaining couples are dancing to songs from London's hit musicals.

Take a sneak peek at the West End musicals featured on Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday, from Disney classics to film-to-stage adaptations and more. If you like the numbers you see and hear, book tickets to see the full shows live in London!

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Maybe Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzman can-can-can advance to the next round with their paso doble to "Backstage Romance" — a steamy mash-up of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," Britney Spears's "Toxic," and more — from Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Based on the hit Baz Luhrmann film, the stage show follows the star-crossed romance between a writer and a courtesan at the title nightclub. With all the glamour of the movie and dozens more modern pop songs, the stage show is even more spectacular (spectacular).

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Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe could change the course of the competition for good with their foxtrot to "For Good." This bittersweet ode to friendship is from Wicked, a Wizard of Oz prequel that imagines Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, as friends before their fellow Ozians pitted them against each other.

This musical blockbuster has been in the West End since 2006 and continues to enchant audiences with songs like "Defying Gravity" and "Dancing Through Life." That one sounds like a plum choice for the next Strictly Musicals Week!

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Dirty Dancing

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell are sure to have the time of their lives doing a salsa to “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from the iconic romance film Dirty Dancing, which got the West End musical treatment in 2022.

The show had two successful runs in London, but the latest closed in April 2023. While you wait for it to dance back around again, you can see other romantic, dance-heavy musicals like Crazy For You and Mamma Mia!

Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast

The remaining two numbers in Musicals Week are from Disney favorites. Nigel Harman and Katya Jones will Charleston to the high-stepping "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins, the classic story of a magical nanny, and Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola will quickstep to "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast, about a bookish young woman who teaches a selfish beast to love.

Neither show is currently in the West End, so you unfortunately can't hear these songs on stage. But if you want to get your Disney fix, check out the long-running blockbuster The Lion King or the magical princess tale Frozen.

See Strictly Come Dancing live

Can't get enough of Strictly on screen? Combine the dancing of the TV programme with the thrill of live theatre by seeing the Strictly Come Dancing U.K. tour. The tour will stop in Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, and London, and London Theatre has tickets to them all.

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Photo credit: Moulin Rouge! The Musical. (Photo by Matt Crockett)

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