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new tour of footlooseThe smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical will burst back on to the stage next year with Gareth Gates playing the role of Willard from 29th January until 16th April, returning to the show from 20th June 2016.

 911 and The Big Reunion star Lee Brennan makes his musical theatre debut when he joins the cast of Footloose: The Musical, playing the role of Willard from Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 18 June 2016. He will join the UK tour for dates in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow.

The show will be premiering at the Spa, Bridlington, with previews on January 29 and 30 January before a week’s residency between February 2 and 6 as part of a major new UK tour.

The rest of the cast includes Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore and Luke Baker as Ren McCormack. They will be joined by Hannah Price as Ariel Moore, Nigel Lister as Reverend Shaw Moore, Nicky Swift as Ethel McCormack, Joanna Sawyer as Rusty, Matthew Tomlinson as Chuck, Natasha Brown as Wendy-Jo, Miracle Chance as Urleen and Scott Haining as Bickie with Lauren Storer, Natalie Morton-Graham, Luke Thornton and Alex Marshall.

Footloose the musical tells the story of Ren McCormack who is forced to move from Chicago to a small town nobody has ever heard of - Beaumont.

He soon finds himself at odds with the repressive atmosphere there where the spiritual life of the community is overseen by the power local minister Reverend Moore.

Ren is stunned to learn that dancing is not allowed anywhere within the town limits of Beaumont, but discovers that this law dates back five years to a car accident that claimed the lives of four Beaumont teenagers. In the flood of grief after the tragedy the Rev Moore managed to convince the town council to ban dancing.

Ren vows to "take on this town" and incites a revolution by his classmates to throw a dance.

Footloose is packed full of electrifying dance routines and classic 80's anthems including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course Footloose
The musical is based on the hit 80's movie which launched the careers of Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Lithgow.

Footloose: The Musical has music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and is adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchrord and Walter Bobbie.  It is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford.  It is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews (American Idiot, West End)  It is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company and Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment.  It is presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

(Gareth Gates will be performing between 29th Jan – 16th April, then from 20th June on wards. Maureen Nolan will be performing throughout the tour)

Dartford Orchard Theatre
8 – 13 February
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
16 – 20 February
Lowestoft Marina
22-27 February
Cardiff New Theatre
29 February-5 March
Manchester Palace
14-19 March
Carlisle Sands
21-26 March
Portsmouth Kings
28 March-2 April
Bournemouth Pavilion
12-16 April
Oxford New &&
18-23 April
Weston super Mare &&
25-30 April
Wimbledon Theatre &&
2nd-7th May
Liverpool Empire &&
9 -14 May
Belfast Grand &&
23-28 May
Derry Millenium Forum &&
31 May-4 June
Torquay Princess &&
6-11 June
Glasgow King's &&
13-18 June
Aberdeen Her Majesty's
20-25 June
Birmingham Alexandra
4-9 July
Newcastle Opera House
12-16 July
Woking New Victoria
18-23 July
Brighton Theatre Royal
25-30 July
Bristol Hippodrome
1-6 August
Blackpool Opera House
19- 24 September
Ipswich Regent
3-8 October

&& Lee Brennan playing Willard