strictly balloom musicalFollowing a successful run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year. Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby) musical Strictly Ballroom is running at London's Piccadilly Theatre.

Jonny Labey (former EastEnders actor who won ITV’s Dance, Dance, Dance) will play the lead role of Scott Hastings with Zizi Strallen as Fran, a shy cleaner who has moves of her own, but is too scared to use them  until Scott shows her how. Matt Cardle (X Factor winner, Memphis the Musical) plays the specially created role of Wally the band leader

The company  will also include  Anna Francolini (wonder.land at National Theatre, That Day We Sang Royal Exchange and Peter Pan National Theatre) as Shirley Hastings and Gerard Horan (The Ferryman) as Barry Fife with Michelle Bishop (Thoroughly Modern Milly, Sunset Boulevard) as Pam Short, Ivan De Freitas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin) as Merv, Gabriela Garcia (In The Heights, Ghost) as Vanessa Cronin, Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Dirty Dancing) as Tina Sparkle, Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as dance official Les Kendall, Liam Marcellino (Cabaret, Miss Saigon) as Wayne Burns, Stephen Matthews (The Lion King, The Producers) as Doug Hastings, Fernando Mira (ENO, Victorian State Opera) as Rico, Eve Polycarpou (Villa Thalia, In The Heights) as Abuela, Lauren Stroud (Top Hat, Hairspray) as Liz Holt & Gary Watson (Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, A Chorus Line, Jersey Boys) as Ken Railings, Freya Rowley as Kayleen West, Luke Jackson as Rory West, Justin-Lee Jones as Jonathan Drench, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda as Emily Waters, Ivan de Freitas as Federation Official Merv, Gabriela Garcia as Vanessa Cronin with Chrissy Brooke, Selina Hamilton as Stephanie Shanks, Jacob Maynard as Liam Lamb & Dale White with swings Hannah Fairclough,Robin Kent, Leanne Pinder, Christopher D Hunt & Chris Bennett.

Based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film, which was about a short play he wrote while he was a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in the ‘80s. After an expanded version of the play was a success at Sydney's Wharf Theatre, Luhrmann was approached to turn it into a film. The writer agreed, on the condition he could direct the movie, and it was Luhrmann’s first film. It went on to be one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time.The musical premiered in the UK at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016/17, and is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; The Lorax, Old Vic).

Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott, a competitive ballroom dancer in '80s Australia who makes up his own moves and finds himself aggravating ballroom-purists. He follows his heart to, not only find his true calling in dance, but also find his true love featuring hit songs from the film including "Love Is in the Air" by John Paul Young, "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" by Doris Day, and a version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time.


show times

Mondays- Saturdays at 7.30pm, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 2:30pm Runnung time 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)


Piccadilly Theatre
16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube : Piccadilly Circus
Train: Charing cross
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
3, 6, 9, 12, 13 ,14, 15, 19, 22, 38, 53, 88, 94, 159
nearest car park

MasterPark at Poland Street. NCP at Denman & Brewer Street, This theatre participates in the Theatreland Parking Scheme - find out more about the great discounts offered by clicking on the link.


Loops in Box office. Infrared in auditorium
3 guide dogs are allowed at each performance but not permitted inside the auditorium. Staff can look after them.
Via side entrance in Sherwood Street into a box (entrance is 65cm wide) which has space for 2 wheelchair users and their companions. 2 more wheelchairs can be accommodated in row A of the Royal Circle