Why See Footloose?
the smash-hit musical live on stage!
In 1984 smash-hit blockbuster Footloose introduced the world to Kevin Bacon, punch dancing and a whole lot of teen spirit. Over three decades later the enduring story is set to light up the regional theatre scene once more during the hotly anticipated return of the UK musical tour, starring none other than Jake Quickenden and Darren Day and helmed by original director Racky Plews (American Idiot, Thoroughly Modern Millie).
Punctuated by classic songs like Holding Out For A Hero, Paradise and the titular anthem of course, Footloose tells the rollicking tale of city boy Ren, a streetwise teen who thinks his life is over when he's forced to move to rural Utah. It's worse than he imagined when he finds out rock music and dancing are banned, so with the help of his rebellious love interest Ariel, he sets about changing the status quo.
Opening night: 6 June 2022
COVID 19 SECURE
You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.
Cast and Creative
Jake Quickenden as Willard Hewitt
Aston Merrigold as Willard Hewitt (from July 25)
Darren Day as Rev. Shaw Moore
Joshua Hawkins as Ren McCormack
Lucy Munden as Ariel Moore
Holly Ashton as Vi Moore/Principal Clark
Geri Allen as Ethal McCormack/Betty/Coach
Tom Mussell as Chuck
Oonagh Cox as Rusty
Samantha Richards as Urleen
Jess Barker as Wendy-Jo
Ben Mabberley as Jeter/Cowboy Boy
Alex Fobbester as Bickle
Ben Barrow as Wes/Male Onstage Swing
Anna Westlake as Lulu/Female Onstage Swing
Directed by Racky Plews
Choreographed by Matt Cole
Musical Supervision by Mark Crossland
Design by Sara Peck
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