Alan Menken’s musical version of A Christmas Carol comes to LOST

LOST Theatre Company presents:

December 19th – December 31st 2016, LOST Theatre

Charles Dickens’ timeless classic gets the full Broadway treatment in LOST Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol – The Musical, by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl).

“innovative, entertaining and packed full of vibrant melodies”    The Stage on A Christmas Carol – The Musical

Follow Scrooge on his journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as he searches for the true meaning of Christmas in this classic transfixing journey. Suitable for all the family, this energetic and fun musical is the perfect feel good theatre show.

“It is done fluidly and — an Ockrent trademark — with considerable humor” Variety on A Christmas Carol – The Musical

This production is co-directed by Mark Magill & Martin John Bristow, and musical direction is by Randy Smartnick. Mark has worked on the London Fringe for 30 years, and during that time has run his own award winning company and worked for over twenty others in a variety of capacities. Since 1989 he has been running LOST, initially as its administrator, then from 2006 as its Artistic Director. Martin studied at both the RSAMD in Glasgow & the Actors Studio Drama School in New York, and has worked on UK tours as company stage manager, stage manager, lighting designer and technician. Randy has directed & produced shows in London & Edinburgh, including Martin Pippin and the Apple Orchard (Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Square Theatre), It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman (Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre transfer) and the award-winning Flora the Red Menace (Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre and Landor Theatre transfer).

“a wonderful performance that will fill you with jolly Christmas cheer” Everything Theatre on A Christmas Carol – The Musical






Rehearsals are underway for a new production being put on by 30 members of Newcastle’s Armed Forces community.  ‘Wor Stories’ will be performed at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wed 7- Sat 10 December 2016.


The production will be a culmination of a 13 week theatre project run by the Bravo 22 Company, The Royal British Legion’s recovery through the arts programme, and is being delivered in partnership with the Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Drive Project.


Written by Gary Kitching and directed by Chris Connel, ‘Wor Stories’ is based on the real life experiences of the 30 men and women taking part in the project, who have all served in the Armed Forces themselves or had family members who have served.  The production will be performed by 11 people, with the other participants taking on roles in script writing, production, technical and set design.


“I’m a big believer that the arts are important in any walk of life,” explains Chris Connel. “They expand people’s horizons, helping them to look out from within themselves – because when people are isolated, they tend to look inwards.”


Gary Kitching, who has 20 years’ acting experience, including projects with young offenders said: “All of the participants have been incredibly honest with us throughout the whole process.  In order to write the script we’ve asked people to show their vulnerable side, and put their trust in us to tell their stories, which is a huge responsibility.

“I genuinely look forward to coming into rehearsals every day, and am so proud of what the group has already achieved.  The transformation of people from the first day of the project has been amazing.”


Wor Stories, follows the Bravo 22 company’s hugely successful theatre and art projects that have run over the past five years. Its debut, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, received standing ovations throughout its West End run in 2012 and went on to tour the UK and Canada. This was followed by regional theatre projects in Buckinghamshire and Plymouth, with the company also running its first art programme in Brighton earlier this year.


Phil Web, 58, was a gunner in The Army, and narrates the play. After leaving the Army, Phil struggled with alcoholism, homelessness and unemployment.  Talking about the project, Phil says: “I love it! It’s something to get up for in the morning. I get myself down here on the bus, which takes an hour and a half, but it’s well worth it. I just love it. After the very first session, I left as though I’d achieved something.”


Linda Shaw and her husband Dave are also involved in the production, with Dave helping behind the scenes and Linda taking on an acting role.  Dave has suffered with PTSD for over 10 years. Linda says “I like that we talk about our experiences and aren’t being judged. I’m the only partner of a Service man here. A lot of people don’t understand PTSD and I thought it would be good to have my input of what it’s like living with someone with the condition.”


Tickets for Wor Stories are available now from Newcastle Theatre Royal or box office 08448 11 21 21*

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For more information on Bravo 22 Company visit


‘Wor’ is Newcastle dialect for ‘our’, so the play translates to ‘Our Stories’


Flashdance – The Musical on tour














FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL returns to the UK for the first time since 2011, and will arrive at Glasgow King’s Theatre on 31 July 2017 to start a UK tour, finishing in Milton Keynes on 21 July 2018. For full details of tour venues and dates, visit


Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits “Maniac”, “Manhunt”, “Gloria”, “I Love Rock & Roll” and the award winning title track “Flashdance – What a Feeling”. Produced by the award winning team at Selladoor Productions – producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors – and Runaway Entertainmant – producers of In The Heights, Guys and Dolls and Lazarus, FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is not to be missed!


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FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.


Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all odds. Flashdance proved a hit with audiences, and remained in the Top 10 Box Office in the States for 15 weeks after release. The original score also proved hugely popular, with the soundtrack album selling 700,000 copies within two weeks of release. The platinum selling hit title track “Flashdance – What A Feeling” won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1983, with the soundtrack winning the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special in 1984.

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is produced by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment.







King’s Theatre, Glasgow 04 AUGUST – 12 AUGUST 2017

Empire Theatre, Sunderland 11 SEPTEMBER – 16 SEPTEMBER 2017

New Theatre, Oxford 18 SEPTEMBER – 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Regent Theatre, Stoke 25 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

New Theatre, Wimbledon 02 OCTOBER – 07 OCTOBER 2017

Empire Theatre, Liverpool 16 OCTOBER – 21 OCTOBER 2017

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 13 NOVEMBER – 18 NOVEMBER 2017

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 20 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017

Grand Opera House, York 27 NOVEMBER – 02 DECEMBER 2017

Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 04 DECEMBER – 09 DECEMBER 2017

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh 15 JANUARY – 20 JANUARY 2018

Palace Theatre, Manchester 29 JANUARY – 03 FEBRUARY 2018

Victoria Theatre, Woking 19 FEBRUARY – 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Princess Theatre, Torquay 26 FEBRUARY – 03 MARCH 2018

DeMontfort Theatre, Leicester 26 MARCH – 31 MARCH 2018

Theatre Royal, Brighton 09 APRIL – 14 APRIL 2018

Hippodrome, Bristol 25 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2018

Milton Keynes, Theatre 16 JULY – 21 JULY 2018



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Multi award winning musical Sunny Afternoon on national tour











Grand Opera House York

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February 2017

Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group present the national tour of the multi-award winning hit West End musical SUNNY AFTERNOON. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, the tour of SUNNY AFTERNOON is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group with Tulchin Bartner Productions, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Glass Half Full Productions, Rupert Gavin, in association with Hampstead Theatre and Arlon Productions. Tour schedule below.

The tour stars Ryan O’Donnell as ‘Ray Davies’, with Mark Newnham as ‘Dave Davies’, Garmon Rhys as bassist ‘Pete Quaife’ and Andrew Gallo as drummer ‘Mick Avory’. They are joined by: Jayne Ashley; Victoria Anderson; Nathanael Campbell; Marcelo Cervone; Tomm Coles; Deryn Edwards; Sophie Leigh Griffin; Sam Haywood; James Hudson; Richard Hurst; Cleo Jaeger; James Lorcan; Joseph Richardson; Robert Took; Alex Wadham; Libby Watts; Michael Warburton; Lucy Wilkerson and Lisa Wright.

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, SUNNY AFTERNOON tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks.

The Kinks exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?

Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

Ryan O’Donnell (Ray Davies) most recently appeared in “Sunny Afternoon” at the Harold Pinter Theatre.  His other theatre credits include: “Quadrophenia” at Theatre Royal Plymouth; “Frankenstein” at Royal and Derngate; “Romeo & Juliet” for the Royal Shakespeare Company; “ShadowMouth” at Sheffield Crucible and “Tracy Beaker the Musical” at the Nottingham Playhouse. Ryan was a member of the band Jethro Tull for four years. In 2009 he recorded ‘Matthew and Son’ with Cat ‘Yusuf’ Stevens and the BBC.

Mark Newnham (Dave Davies) most recently appeared in “All or Nothing” at The Vaults Theatre London. His other theatre credits include: “Return to the Forbidden Planet” on UK tour; “Lennon” at the Royal Court, Liverpool; “Bouncers” and “A Passionate Woman” at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch” and “Hot Stuff” at the Oldham Coliseum.

Garmon Rhys (Pete Quaife) most recently appeared in “Doctor Faustus” at Trafalgar Studios. His other theatre credits include: “The Secret Adversary” at the Watermill Theatre & UK tour and “Regeneration” at the Royal and Derngate and UK tour.

Andrew Gallo (Mick Avory) most recently appeared in “Parade” at the Hope Mill Theatre. His other theatre credits include: “Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged” on UK tour; “Sister Act” at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre; “Saturday Night Fever” at the Theatre Royal Bath and UK tour; “New York City Rhythm” at the Playhouse Theatre and “Hairspray” at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre, SUNNY AFTERNOON opened to critical acclaim at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End in October 2014 and had its final London performance at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 29 October 2016.

SUNNY AFTERNOON has music and lyrics by Ray Davies with a book by Joe Penhall and original story by Ray Davies. It is directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether with choreography by Adam Cooper. Lighting design is by Rick Fisher with sound design by Matt McKenzie for Autograph.  Musical and vocal adaptations are by Ray Davies and Elliott Ware based on original Kinks recordings. The Musical Director is Barney Ashworth and the Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware.

Tickets from £15.25

Box Office: 0844 871 3024


Panto Is Here – Oh Yes It Is!

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Dame Taffeta Trott is donning her bloomers, Princess Susie has made her bed and Simon Steadfast is readying to be a hero; the final amends are being made to the costumes, the make-up is perfected and the saxophone, guitars and drums are polished, tuned and ready to go.

It can only mean one thing – Leeds’ famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is about to hit the town.

This year Sleeping Beauty gets the Rock ‘n’ Roll treatment at City Varieties Music Hall bringing festive frolics to Leeds from Saturday 26th November to Sunday 8th January.

“Our Rock’n’Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011,” says Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties. “They have grown year on year and have now become a Christmas tradition for families in Leeds and beyond.”

Billed as a hilarious, high-speed show audiences this year will find themselves singing along to The Eagles, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye and Cher to name but a few.

With all the familiar characters, corny jokes and the added bonus of a full-blown, and now legendary, ‘boulder fight’, Sleeping Beauty promises a spectacular show that has something for the whole family.

Sleeping Beauty the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is at City Varieties Music Hall from Saturday 26th November 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017

Tickets are on sale now priced from £14 to £25

Book online at or call box office on 0113 243 08 08


Paul Barritt of 1927 in association with Village Underground present





Today, Paul Barritt of 1927 in association with Village Underground have announced the world premiere of Cat and Mouse, an animation adventure featuring original big screen cartoons, live music and theatre. The collaboration marks Village Underground’s debut foray into producing live theatre and tickets for 8  and 9 June are on sale now at

Inspired by George Harriman’s hugely influential Krazy Kat cartoon strip (1913-1944), Cat and Mouse is a feature-length, surreal and satirical animation created by Paul Barritt. The composer for the production is Laurence Owen with Siemy Di on drums and percussion and Sam Sallon on keys – together they are The Officer Pup Band. Lesley Ewen provides dramatic narration and Octavia Austin has designed the costumes.

Cat and Mouse sets up a familiar dichotomy and proceeds to navigate extremes of human idiocy from art to war, from technology to industry, from civilisation to love all rendered through the shenanigans of a rodent, a feline and the dogs of law. But who is really to blame in this anthropomorphic chaos, Mr Mouse or Mr Cat? Don’t forget that a good Cat is not a good Cat if he has no bad Mouse against which to be compared…

Paul Barritt, director and creator of Cat and Mouse, said: “Cat and Mouse began when dramaturg Beate Schüler contacted me asking if I would like to do a project based on the music of Harry Partch and George Harriman’s Krazy Kat. I’ll admit, I took the bait and ran with it, off to the left, then zig zagged a little, left side, right side and eventually, we created this rock ‘n’ roll Cat and Mouse with Village Underground. Made of old ‘toons and new tunes, it’s like an art house Itchy and Scratchy where the action spills out into the audience. Expect high octane action, fun and frolics, extreme (cartoon) violence, moments of edification, sadomasochism, a face machine, skeletons, dogs, dancing, and more.” 

Glenn Max, Creative Director of Village Underground, said: “Stumbling elated from the theatre, enchanted and dazed from 1927’s Golem, I immediately wrote to them to express my appreciation for the play suggesting if ever they needed an unusual space, Village Underground could be available to host. I was extremely surprised to receive an email from Paul Barritt a few days later suggesting he might have a piece for us. Upon meeting him it was clear we were in the hands of magician of the theatre. While Village Underground has hosted wonderful theatre productions like Praxis Makes Perfect by National Theatre Wales and welcomed companies such as Sadler’s Wells to our venue, it would take a very special opportunity to move our organisation into the role of producer. Anyone who has experienced 1927’s twisted reinvention of theatre will recognise why their work resonates with Village Underground’s irreverent sensibility. The subversive humour, crafty production and penetrating narratives worked their way into our hearts and now, that inventiveness has worked its way into our home. Cat and Mouse represents the development of Village Underground, now celebrating its 10th year, as a new force in London’s theatre landscape.

There will be two performances of Cat and Mouse per evening beginning at 7.30pm and 9.15pm.Cat and Mouse is supported by Arts Council England. 

Spamalot Review

Grand Opera House, York.  22 to 26 November 2016.  Reviewed by Marcus Richardson

The local York amateur dramatic group Pick Me Up Theatre are performing at the Grand Opera House in York. The show will be running from the 22nd to the 26th.

The famous Monty Python film was taken from the film Holy Grail and was put on stage in 2004. The production has to live up to the comedy genius’ as the film and the previous productions are highly entertaining to watch with its famous lines and witty jokes, did they do the job? Hell yes, I was laughing so much I started to cry, the actors did a tremendous job, they had roars of laughter from the audience and put on a very good show for everyone.

Emily Ramsden was the lady of the lake and by Jove she was amazing, she stood out from the rest of the cast because she was so funny and she has this incredible singing voice, she has her funny songs like ‘what ever happened to much part’ which I found the funniest part of the whole entire play and she works the diva she well. King Arthur is played by Nick Lewis who had a large demanding role as he was on stage most of the time he handled this pretty well and performed just as, he was always accompanied by his underappreciated sidekick Patsy played by George Stagnell who sings Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, the most iconic song in the play and I think he did a very good job and for sure you will too. My other stand out actor was John Whitney who played Sir Lancelot who was funny in songs like not dead yet, and with his rescuing of a ‘princess’.

The overall feeling of the knight, ooops night, was very good and just a bit of silly light hearted humour that I’m sure you will enjoy .

Chicago the Musical Review

Leeds Grand Theatre – 22/11/16 to 26/11/16

I have a soft spot for Chicago the Musical, I once had to write a 3000 word assignment on Reciprocity and I quoted heavily from Kander and Ebb’s finest.  I was clearly marked by a kindred spirit though, as in my feed back I was told my essay had “Razzle Dazzle”

And that is what we had in Leeds last night – a lot of Razzle Dazzle.  Steamy, sultry and sexy – this tour of Chicago showed the show’s brilliance by stripping the production back to its bare bones, with a fabulous band on stage, minimal costuming and a few chairs. As an audience member, you get a chance to hear Kander and Ebb’s glorious score and to get the essence of Bob Fosse’s incredible choreography.

Telling the story of how Roxie Hart gets away with murder with the help of slick lawyer Billy Flynn. Her time in prison with the notorious Velma Kelly, duping her ever loving husband Amos and being good to Mama Morton while in Prison. It is based on a true story from the 1920’s.

With three of the principal characters played by people previously in soap operas this seems like stunt casting. Using the past characterisations of the actors to fill the seats rather than relying on the musical itself to fill theatres.  But soap actors they may have been – musical star performers there are now

Sophie Carmen-Jones shows her abilities well with a wonderful version of Velma Kelly, singing All That Jazz with vocals that are thrilling and simply wild, sexy and breathtaking, stealing every scene she is in. Until Roxie establishes herself, Velma is the big shot amongst the female felons – bitchily bossy and breathtakingly balletic. Her legs go on for ever and teach us that perpendicular is somewhere else.

Billy Flynn is the slick, consummately devious lawyer who uses the old ‘razzle-dazzle’ of sheer showmanship to wow a gullible media and promote the causes of his various- usually culpable- clients. From the first moment he appears, satirically framed by a circlet of feather boas, Flynn is at the centre of the action and you need a performer of strong presence – and persuasive charm- to carry off the role. John Partridge oozes panache and has a rich, smooth voice that perfectly fits the character’s synthetic sincerity.

Surprise of the night for me was Jessie Wallace’s powerhouse performance of prison Matron (Mama) Morton who takes a cut from every known exploitation, except the crime of murder which epitomises the wrongdoing of every bird of passion in her latter-day Alcatraz.  Wallace seemed to be channelling the late Pat Phoenix in appearance but wow, what a phenomenal voice

Roxie is a role you’d kill for – and she does – kill I mean – in the opening scene. Hayley Tamaddon proved she can sing and dance her way through the role but while Roxie is devious using people as she needs them, Tamaddon comes across as too nice and it’s hard to take her role seriously.However, she still impresses and shows great skill and talent.

Neil Ditt is fabulous as Amos Hart and is definitely the most sympathetic character on stage.  Pathetically pleasing and deserving of her love and ours, but he is, as he explains in the lyrically strong song Mister Cellophane, an easy figure to ignore. When he is finally forced to admit Roxie’s treachery and asks for his exit music, he has to walk off in total silence. Hard on a man.

This is without doubt one of the hottest shows. It is a breathtaking musical extravaganza that is simply brilliant. It has some catchy and wonderful songs, like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’, ‘Class’, ‘All I Care About’ and the wonderful ‘Mister Cellophane’. It has superb dance routines that are original and exciting.The dancing is as impressive, as the excellent band. Leon Charles conducts with precision and unmistakable skill, and the band seems to enjoy themselves.  In short, it’s the sweetest, funniest, sexiest murder story ever.

In Leeds until Saturday 26 November and on tour around the UK



The Boys in the Band





Producers Tom O’Connell and James Seabright are thrilled to announce a West End transfer for their sell-out production of Mart Crowley’s ground-breaking play, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 7 February 2017, playing for a limited two week season until 18 February, with a press night on Wednesday 8 February.

There’s a party about to commence when nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold, a self-confessed ‘Jew fairy’, receives a surprise birthday gift – a beautiful male hustler dubbed Cowboy. Meanwhile, party host Michael gets an unwanted surprise of his own in the shape of a figure from his past. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heart-break.


Mark Gatiss brings stinging superciliousness to landmark gay play.’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Raucous laughter… thoroughly fulfilling.’ ★★★★ The Independent

The Boys in the Band sold out its entire five week run at Park Theatre, garnered critical and public acclaim, and subsequently enjoyed a brief UK tour to Salford, Brighton and Leeds. Directed by Adam Penford (A Small Family Business & One Man Two Guvnors’, and recently appointed Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse), the production stars Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss as ‘Harold’ alongside his husband Ian Hallard as ‘Michael’ – this will represent the first time in West End history that a male married couple will appear on stage together.

‘Still timeless and universal.’ ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Out on stage and proud. Glorious!’ ★★★★ Metro

West End musical theatre star Daniel Boys plays alongside them as ‘Donald’, Jack Derges, recently seen as the mysterious ‘Andy Flynn’ in EastEnders, plays ‘Cowboy’, Miranda star James Holmes plays ‘Emory’, Midsomer Murders’ John Hopkins plays ‘Alan’, Greg Lockett plays ‘Bernard’, Primeval’s Ben Mansfield plays ‘Larry’, and Undercover’s Nathan Nolan plays ‘Hank’.

Producer Tom O’Connell said, “James and I are thrilled that audiences have taken this show to their hearts in such a big way; with limited availability from our stellar cast I am pleased that we have found a suitable West End home for this fantastic production. We also have over 150 tickets available at every performance at £20, making it accessible for all to enjoy. With only 15 performances, this really is the last chance to catch the play which shook the LGBT world.”

‘I was rapt. Parties that go wrong are often the stuff of great drama and this play, directed with panache by Adam Penford, is no exception.’ ★★★★ Observer

Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard said, “We’ve had an amazing time bringing this great play to a whole new generation of theatre-goers. The response from audiences, young and old, gay and straight has proved that ‘Boys’ retains its power to move people to laughter and tears. It’s wonderful to say that we’ll be capping the experience with a West End transfer – so the party continues!”

From the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing, Our Boys and Another Country, and the forthcoming stage adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, comes this eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal piece, which premiered in 1968 just before the Stonewall riots. This witty, dark American play which changed the landscape of gay theatre was adapted into a film in 1970, becoming a cult hit. The play was last revived in New York in 2010, and this UK revival marks almost 20 years since the last West End production.

The production is produced by Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, in association with Kings Head Theatre, Jack Maple and Park Theatre. Design by Rebecca Brower, with Sound design by James Nicholson and Lighting design by Jack Weir; casting is by Stephen Moore CDG.

The production has partnered with Gay Times, Stonewall & Balans Soho Society, and has worked closely with Chester Barrie, Delicious Junction and Gabicci as fashion partners.

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Presenter and singer Louise Redknapp, model Daisy Lowe and actor Danny Mac are the first celebrity contestants announced to appear on the 10th anniversary Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour, which kicks off in Birmingham on 20 January 2017.

Louise, Daisy and Danny will join new tour host, Anita Rani and the new live tour judging panel of Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood (who also directs the tour) and former Strictly professional dancer and winner of the 2006 series, Karen Hardy for the 30 date live arena tour extravaganza. They will also be reunited with more celebrities and professional dancers from this year’s BBC One series, as they tour the biggest entertainment venues across the UK, recreating their dazzling moves and the magic of the TV show. Further names will be announced soon.

TV presenter, singer and fashion blogger Louise Redknapp first rose to fame as part of the pop group Eternal, one of the best-selling girl groups of the 90s, before embarking on a successful solo career. Her debut album sold over one million copies. Her extensive television presenting credits include The Clothes Show (UKTV), and ITV documentary The Truth About Size Zero. Louise, who received a score of 39 for her Argentine Tango, said: “I really can’t wait to dance my way around the UK! I’m loving every minute of Strictly, so continuing my journey into 2017 is going to be a brilliant way to kick off the New Year!”

Daisy Lowe is one of fashion’s most recognizable faces, having worked with Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. Daisy said: “I’m so lucky to be joining the tour and keeping my Strictly dream alive. I loved my time on the TV series, but now I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road to keep dancing and improving. Roll on January!”

Danny Mac, best known as Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage in Hollyoaks, has been acting since the age of 10. He has been nominated three times for a National Television Award. Danny said: “Wow – what an amazing opportunity to perform in front of the huge arena audiences all over the country. I’ve heard how amazing the live tour is and I can’t wait to get out there!”

The 30 show spectacular, Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour, will open at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 20 January 2017. The tour will then visit the biggest entertainment venues across the UK: Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, Sheffield Arena, The SSE Arena Glasgow, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, First Direct Arena Leeds, Manchester Arena, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, The SSE Arena Wembley, before culminating at The O2 in London on 12 February.

Tickets for STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR 2017 are on sale now

20 – 22 January Birmingham: The Barclaycard Arena 0844 338 8000

(Friday 20th at 7.30pm, Saturday 21st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 22nd at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

24 January Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666

(Tuesday 24th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

25 – 26 January Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656

(Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm, Thursday 26th at 7.30pm)

27 – 29 January Glasgow: The SSE Hydro 0844 395 4000

(Friday 27th at 7.30pm, Saturday 28th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 29th at 1.30pm)

31 January – 1 February Nottingham: Motorpoint Arena 0843 373 3000

(Tuesday 31st at 7.30pm, Wednesday 1st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

2 – 3 February Leeds: First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585

(Thursday 2nd at 7.30pm, Friday 3rd at 7.30pm)

4 – 5 February Manchester Arena 0844 847 8000

(Saturday 4th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 5th at 1.30pm)

7 – 8 February Liverpool: Echo Arena 0844 8000 400

(Tuesday 7th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 8th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

9 – 10 February London: The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815

(Thursday 9th at 7.30pm, Friday 10th at 7.30pm)

11 – 12 February London: The O2 0844 856 0202

(Saturday 11th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 12th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

Ticket costs: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent)

The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (Inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee)

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee

To book tickets please contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758 For online bookings visit or For more information visit

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STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR is produced by Stage Entertainment and Phil McIntyre Entertainments, in association with BBC Worldwide.