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  • Footloose

    Jul 12 - 17, 2021

  • Rock of Ages

    Aug 24 - 28, 2021

  • The School of Rock

    Sep 5 - 9, 2021

  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2021

  • Strictly Ballroom

    Oct 18 - 23, 2021

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Footloose

July 12 - 17, 2021

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 Pop-Idol-turned-national-treasure Gareth Gates and helmed by original director Racky Plews (American Idiot, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

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Rock of Ages

August 24 - 28, 2021

Tease your hair and dust off your leather trousers, because it's time to return to the power rocking days of the '80s as Rock of Ages screams into town! The hit musical is on tour once more, bringing you the biggest and best hits of the decade, including tunes from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe, all wrapped up in a thrilling tale of one rebellious rock club holding out against the man. First seen on Broadway back in 2009, with a London bow in 2011, Rock of Ages has since travelled the world and seen a big-screen adaptation starring none other than Tom Cruise.

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The School of Rock

September 5 - 9, 2021

Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock follows the bumbling Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! Don't miss The School Of Rock as it heads out on tour!

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My Best Friend's Wedding

September 28 - October 2, 2021

Based on the 1997 film of the same name, Alexandra Burke stars as tough food critic Julianne Potter whose quest to break up her best friend's impending nuptials lands her in a whole heap of trouble. With a book by Ronald Bass and Jonathan Harvey, music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and direction by Rachel Kavanaugh, this nostalgic delight is set to be the musical rom-com of the year!

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Strictly Ballroom

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October 18 - 23, 2021

Tens across the board! The toe-tapping musical adaptation of Baz Lurhmann's 1992 indie film is stepping out across the UK this year, with choreography and direction from the one and only Craig Revel Horwood.A cult classic, Strictly Ballroom is glittering, wacky love story set in the world of Australian Ballroom dancing, centring on Scott Hastings, a second-generation competitor whose penchant for adding original moves to his performance leads him to seek out an unlikely partner in the shape of Fran, a shy beginner who teaches him some steps of her own.

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