Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage at the Phoenix Theatre
Audiences might remember a few years back when the Aldwych Theatre was graced with the stage adaptation of hit film Dirty Dancing. It later ran at the Piccadilly Theatre as well before closing its doors and heading out around the United Kingdom.
Now fans of the iconic story can rejoice as it has been announced that it will once again play in the West End, this time for a brief run at the Phoenix Theatre this Christmas.
The venue has been in the news a lot recently as it will be the home of the new musical based on the Calendar Girls story, penned by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow. The Girls runs there next year, following a stellar year for the venue when it has hosted the likes of The Last Tango and Guys & Dolls.
But Dirty Dancing will be hosted there this festive season and it will bring with it many of the team members from its ongoing national tour. So expect memorable performances from the likes of Lewis Griffiths, Katie Hartland, Carlie Milner, Sione Craddock, Roger Martin and Jo Servi, amongst others.
Griffiths follows in the footsteps of Patrick Swayze in the production, taking on the role of Johnny Castle. He is no stranger to Swayze’s work, however, having also appeared in the touring version of Ghost: The Musical. His other credits include touring versions of Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde, in addition to West End productions of Fame and more.
Johnny Castle is the dance instructor in the holiday resort in the Catskill Mountains in 1960s New York state. When ‘Baby’ Houseman (Kate Hartland) happens upon his dances she cannot look back and whilst her family disapproves she forms a bond with him that cannot be broken and will stay with her for the rest of her life. Along the way we also hear musical numbers such as the classic (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage enjoys a festive run in London’s West End, playing at the Phoenix Theatre from Tuesday 6th December 2016 to Saturday 31st December 2016.