Kinky Boots launches UK Tour from Northants Royal & Derngate

Kinky Boots, London Company. Image Matt Crockett

Kinky Boots, the winner of every major Best Musical award, is embarking on a UK tour, opening at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and returning to the home of the heart-warming British story.

With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner, Harvey Fierstein, and songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Martin Sutherland, chief executive, Royal & Derngate, said :” Having pursued the goal of bringing Kinky Boots to the Northampton stage for years, we’re delighted that the show’s first ever UK tour will open at Royal & Derngate, in the town where the story began!

“It’s a great show and we’re thrilled that our audiences will be the first in the country to see it out on tour.”

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son.

With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Cyndi Lauper said: “It has been a wonderful adventure and a privilege for me, to play a part in creating Kinky Boots.

“Everyone can relate to this universal story, and I am overwhelmed that people in the UK have embraced it with open arms.

“I am thrilled that this fabulous show will be touring the country!”

Book writer, Harvey Fierstein said: “The inspiring story of Kinky Boots will soon complete its full circle journey from Northampton to the silver screen to Broadway and London and now, at last, back home to Northampton as it embarks on a national UK tour.

“How often does that happen? It’s been an absolute thrill to witness the giant heart of our show raise audiences up out of their seats in clamorous joy night after night in the West End and I am now so glad to experience its homecoming.”

2018 Tour Dates

September 19-October 6, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
October 16-27, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
October 29 – November 10, Newcastle Theatre Royal
November 12 – December 1, Manchester Opera House
December 10 – January 5, Edinburgh Playhouse
January 14-26, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

2019 Tour Dates

January 28 – February 9, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
February 11 – 16, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
February 18-23, New Theatre, Oxford
February 25 – March 9, Bristol Hippodrome.
March 11-23, Birmingham Hippodrome
March 25-April 6, Liverpool Empire
April 23 -May 4, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
May 6-18, Kings Theatre, Glasgow
May 27-June 8, Theatre Royal Nottingham
June 10-22, Lyceum Sheffield
June 24-July 6, Sunderland Empire.

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