Brand new Footloose: The Musical to tour UK in 2016

Footloose - Gareth Gates as Willard. Image Credit David Ellis

17 years to the day since it first opened on Broadway, it is announced that the worldwide smash hit show Footloose: The Musical will burst back onto the stage in 2016, touring the UK from January. See the full tour schedule below.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose, Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again in this brand new production bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.Footloose - Gareth Gates as Willard. Image Credit David Ellis (2)

Gareth Gates will play Willard, played by Chris Penn in the film, from 29th January until 16th April 2016, returning to the show from 20th June 2016. Gareth rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, going on to sell over five million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2014 Gareth appeared in the final series of Dancing on Ice, and joined boyband 5th Story as part of ITV’s second series of The Big Reunion, touring arenas with bands including Blue and Five.

Further casting is to be announced.

Footloose: The Musical has music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and is adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. It is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. It is directed by Racky Plews (American Idiot, West End) with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by Sara Perks and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.

Visit www.footloose-musical.com to buy tickets.

2016 UK tour schedule:

Friday 29th January – Saturday 6th February 2016

Bridlington Spa

01262 678 258

Monday 8th – Saturday 13th February 2016

Dartford Orchard Theatre

01322 220 000

Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th February 2016

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

0131 529 6000

Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th February 2016

Lowestoft Marina Theatre

01502 533 200

Monday 29th February – Saturday 5th March 2016

Cardiff New Theatre

029 2087 8889

Monday 14th – Saturday 19th March 2016

Manchester Palace Theatre

0161 245 6600

Monday 21st – Saturday 26th March 2016

Carlisle Sands Theatre

01228 633 766

Monday 28th March – Saturday 2nd April 2016

Portsmouth King’s Theatre

023 9282 8282

Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th April 2016

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

0844 576 3000

Tuesday 19th– Saturday 23rd April 2016

Oxford New Theatre

0844 871 3020

Monday 25th – Saturday 30th April 2016

Weston-super-mare Playhouse

01934 645 544

Monday 2nd – Saturday 7th May 2016

Wimbledon New Theatre

020 8545 7900

Monday 9th – Saturday 14th May 2016

Liverpool Empire

0151 702 7320

Tuesday 17th – Saturday 23rd May 2016

Watford colosseum

01923 571 102

Tuesday 31st May – Saturday 4th June 2016

Derry Millennium Forum

028 7126 4455

Monday 6th – Saturday 11th June 2016

Torquay Princess Theatre

0844 871 3023

Monday 13th – Saturday 18th June 2016

Glasgow King’s Theatre

0844 871 7648

Monday 20th – Saturday 25th June 2016

Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre

01224 641 122

Monday 4th – Saturday 9th July 2016

Birmingham Alexandra Theatre

0844 871 3011

Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th July 2016

Newcastle Opera House

0191 243 1171

Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd July 2016

Woking New Victoria Theatre

0844 871 7645

Monday 25th – Saturday 30th July 2016

Brighton Theatre Royal

0844 871 7627

Monday 1st August – Saturday 6th August 2016

Bristol Hippodrome

0844 871 3012

Images: David Ellis

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