Jersey Boy Lewis Griffiths leads iconic Dirty Dancing on 2016/7 UK Tour

Dirty Dancing ( 2015 cast).
Dirty Dancing ( 2015 cast).

One of the country’s favourite musicals Dirty Dancing has announced casting for its new 2016/7 tour, which launches from Blackpool Opera House this August (Tour dates below).

The new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will see Baby and Johnny having the time of their lives all over again.

Lewis Griffiths stars as Johnny Castle, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture. Lewis has had a prolific career in musical theatre, most recently starring as Nick Massi on the UK tour of Jersey Boys. Other roles include Ghost, Legally Blonde tours and West End runs in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rent and Whistle Down the Wind.

Dirty Dancing UK tour 2016 - Carlie Milner, Lewis Griffiths, Katie Hartland 2 - cMichael Wharley

Katie Hartland will make her professional musical theatre debut carrying the watermelons as she takes on the role Baby Houseman, having graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015.

Carlie Milner will star as Penny Johnson. Carlie is part of the Dirty Dancing family, starting as a member of the 2014 ensemble before covering, and subsequently taking over, the role of Penny last year.

Joining Lewis, Katie and Carlie will be Julian Harries, Simone Craddock, Roger Martin, Jo Servi, Lizzie Ottley, Michael Kent, Greg Fossard, Tony Stansfield and Daniela Dobega.

Also in the company are Gabby Antrobus, Imogen Brooke, Simon Campbell, Robert Colvin, Katie Eccles, Beth Highsted, Megan Louch, Ashley Rumble, Callum Sterling, Austin Wilks and Karl James Wilson.

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.

She shows little interest in resort activities while on holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents.

Instead Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort’s smokin’ hot dance instructor.

Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off.

2016/7 Tour Dates

2016 Dates

August 11-30, Blackpool Opera House
September 1-10, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
September 12-17, Opera House, Swansea
September 19-24, Aylesbury Waterside
September 26-October 1, New Theatre, Wimbledon
October 10-15, Palace Theatre, Manchester
October 17-22, Grand Opera House, York
October 24-29, Carlisle Sands Centre
October 31-November 5, Northampton Derngate
November 7-12, Regent Theatre, Stoke
November 14-19, Kings Theatre, Southsea
November 21-26, Reading Hexagon
November 28-December 3, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

2017 Dates

January 10-21, Southend Cliffs Pavilion
January 23-28, Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne
January 30-February 4, Belgrade Theatre Coventry
February 6-11, Dublin Bord Gais Theatre
February 13-18, Millennium Forum, Derry
February 20-25, Grand Opera House Belfast
February 27-March 4, INEC Killarney
March 6-11, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
March 20-25, Ipswich Regent
March 27-April 1, Cardiff New Theatre
April 3-8, Wycombe Swan
April 10-15, Leicester De Montfort Hall
April 17-22, Hall for Cornwall Truro
April 24-29, Milton Keynes Theatre
May 29-June 3, Birmingham Alexandra.

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