It’s 17 years to the day since Footloose first opened on Broadway and now the smash hit musical is back on stage for a 2016 UK tour starring Gareth Gates.
Based on the 1984 screen sensation 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 gets 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, this brand new production will be bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.
Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998 where it ran for 709 performances, with a London production following in 2006, opening at the Novello Theatre following a UK Tour.
Pop Idol Gareth Gates will play Willard from January 29 until April 16, returning to the show from June 20 2016.
Gareth rose to fame in 2001, going on to sell over five million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. His version of Unchained Melody sold over a million copies. Gareth is also the youngest ever-male solo artist to debut at number 1.
More recently Gareth has enjoyed a success on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
2016 UK Tour Dates
January 29-February 6, BRIDLINGTON Spa February 8-13, DARTFORD Orchard Theatre February 16-20, EDINBURGH Festival Theatre February 22-27, LOWESTOFT Marina Theatre February 29-March 5, CARDIFF New Theatre March 14-19, MANCHESTER Palace Theatre March 21-26, CARLISLE Sands Theatre March 28-April 2, PORTSMOUTH King’s Theatre April 12-16, BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Theatre April 19-23, OXFORD New Theatre April 25-30, WESTON-SUPER-MARE Playhouse May 2-7, WIMBLEDON New Theatre May 9-14, LIVERPOOL Empire May 17-23, WATFORD COLOSSEUM May 31-June 4, DERRY Millennium Forum June 6-11, TORQUAY Princess Theatre June 13-18, GLASGOW King’s Theatre June 20-25, ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre July 4-9, BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre July 12-16, NEWCASTLE Opera House July 18-23, WOKING New Victoria Theatre July 25-30, BRIGHTON Theatre Royal August 1-6, BRISTOL Hippodrome