We were very excited to have theatre and hotel packages including the fabulous Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre earlier this year.
You will know Strictly Ballroom from the hugely successful Baz Luhrmann movie, but did you know that its first incarnation was as a short play, staged by students of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney?
It was actually inspired by Luhrmann’s own experiences and, following critical success on stage, Luhrmann was offered the chance to direct the film that we all know and love.
Did you also know that, if you love Strictly Ballroom, you are not alone: it is one of the most successful Australian films of all time.
In 2014 it came full circle and returned to the theatre in a new musical adaptation which premiered in Sydney and then open here in the UK at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
So if you are not a fan, I guess you want to know what it is about!
When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. Featuring the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
Drew McOnie (whose dazzling choreography for In The Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award) will direct and choreograph the production. Strictly Ballroom is based on the original Australian musical created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.
If you’ve seen Matilda and secretly would like to know more about the world that her mum lives in, then this is the show for you!
Strictly Ballroom Performances ended 28 October 2018