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Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite in Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre

Friday, 23rd Sep 2016  

Stepping Out - Vaudeville Theatre

It has been a month of many enticing announcements for London’s West End, with Imelda Staunton revealed for a new production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Jane Asher announced for An American in Paris.

But this week comes another announcement that is only going to cement the West End as the ongoing capital of theatre as Stepping Out is confirmed to be appearing at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Not only is this a restaging of an acclaimed Richard Harris play, this has also recruited a stellar cast to bring it to fruition so that Maria Friedman directs Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite, amongst others.

Stepping Out is about a group of people taking dancing classes and their progress from beginners to gala performers. After one person starts the classes, the eight main characters use them as catharsis from their daily lives and they have yet to perfect their discipline before they’re recruited to perform in a major show so we witness them get ready whilst also delving into their colourful personalities. Ultimately they will come together to realise their true potential.

In addition to Holden and Outhwaite the cast also includes Tracy-Ann Oberman, Angela Griffin and Nicola Stephenson.

 Harris penned the play and also adapted it into a 1991 film that starred Liza Minnelli and Julie Walters amongst the cast members. Though it was relocated to the United States for the big screen it retained its colourful premise and characters, making it a popular hit.

Prior to that film version it was seen in the West End in the early 1980s and proved to be equally as popular.

So with the new version recruiting names like Amanda Holden, producers must be certain they are in for another big hit in 2017. After all she has made a career of appearing in some well known shows in the nation’s capital and also making an impression on television audiences as well, ensuring she is instantly recognisable when she steps out onto the stage of the Vaudeville Theatre.

Stepping Out opens at the West End venue on Tuesday 14th March 2017 (previews from Wednesday 1st March 2017) after a UK tour in 2016.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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