All your favourite Strictly Come Dancing contestants that have performed in the West End
Musicals week is fast approaching for Strictly Come Dancing contestants. For 2020, the cast of & Juliet will be taking to the Elstree ballroom, as well as Waitress and Hairspray star Marisha Wallace. Check back here on 7 December to see their televised performances!
With the nation's favourite live entertainment show now back on our screens, and tickets for Strictly Come Dancing Live on stage in London now on sale, there's no better time to catch up with your favourite past contestants. The show has a habit of discovering an unlikely performing talent, or giving others the chance to stretch their dancing muscles, so naturally many end up stealing the show in the West End. Here, you can find the latest Strictly contestants that have appeared in the West End, as well as tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour.
Perhaps best known as one-fifth of Steps, this band member proved she's what got it takes to go solo, reaching the finals of the 2018 competition. Clearly a natural on stage, Tozer headed to Theatreland in 2019, taking over the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. In 2021, Tozer will play Lina Lamont in the London revival of Singin' in the Rain at Sadler's Wells. She'll be joined by Strictly professional Kevin Clifton as Cosmo Brown. Read more about Singin' in the Rain in London here.
Danny Mac was a finalist in the 2016 series of the show with partner Oti Mabuse, making the final week with Louise Redknapp and eventually losing out to TV presenter Ore Obuda. Mac has many West End credits, including the Open Air Theatre production of On The Town, and brought the festivities to the West End with White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. In 2020, Mac continued his London theatre reign by originating the role of Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre. Pretty Woman is now at the Savoy Theatre from July 2021, with more information on Pretty Woman in London here.
YouTuber Joe Sugg impressed the judges and the audiences at home enough to make the final of the 2018 series, something that would have been out of the comfort zone of this mainstream influencer. In 2019, he pushed his boundaries one step further by making his acting debut in the West End production of Waitress. Playing Ogie, a role previously taken on by Jack McBrayer and Blake Harrison, Sugg definitely put his new-found performance skills to the test on the big stage.
The Girls Aloud singer took to the dancefloor in 2012 and, despite falling into the bottom two halfway through the series, she consistently impressed the judges with high marks and was the runner-up, losing out to gymnast Louis Smith. Having made her West End debut as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and making an appearance in Elf the Musical, Walsh has recently starred alongside Jay McGuiness in the London premieres of Big the Musical and Sleepless: A Musical Romance.
The Wanted singer was victorious in the 13th series of Strictly, winning the show with a series of dazzling performances with partner Aliona Vilani. He made his first theatre appearance in Rip It Up at the London Palladium and the Garrick Theatre, alongside fellow Strictly alumni Louis Smith and Harry Judd - and has starred in the lead role of the West End production of Big the Musical at the Dominion Theatre. Him and Walsh have become somewhat of a theatre duo, as McGuiness also starred in Sleepless: A Musical Romance.
The EastEnders actress appeared in the ninth series of the show in 2011, making it to week 9 with partner Robin Windsor, though it wasn't all plain sailing, as Windsor suffered a back injury meaning Dobson rehearsed and performed her Cha Cha Cha and Swingathon with Brendan Cole. The actress recently began her run in Fiddler on the Roof, playing Matchmaker Yente in the West End production.
Kara Tointon was also a recipient of the Glitterball Trophy, winning the eighth series of the show in 2010 with partner Artem Chigvintsev. Following her win, she has made many stage appearances, as well as starring as Maria in ITV's live production of The Sound of Music Live. Tointon appeared in the West End play The Man in the White Suit opposite Stephen Mangan at Wyndham's Theatre.
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