Strictly Ballroom: The Musical UK Tour Review

 There is something quite wonderful about the works of Baz Luhrmann. He seems to add a sense of wonder, elegance, and a touch of eccentricity to each piece of work he makes, and his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom is one of those fine pieces of cinematography. 

If you were to team up this classic with the choreography and direction of Craig Revel Horwood, you will be sure to create a piece of theatre that is quite simply fab-u-lous. Currently taking to the Mayflower Theatre stage in Southampton, we were treated to a show that would get 10’s across the board. 

Based on the film of the same name, Strictly Ballroom introduces you to rebellious Australian dancer Scott Hastings, who causes quite the commotion when he dances in a new and radical way at a dance competition. Needing to find his dancing feet again, he finds an unlikely dance partner in beginner Fran. Over the course of the show you witness the judgements of others, but see the true freedom that someone can find when they lose themselves in the rhythm of the music and follow their heart. 

Filled with recognisable songs such as “Love is in the Air” and “Time After Time”, you are also introduced to songs by artists such as Sia and David Foster too. The music blends old and new to create something that ticks all the boxes for every audience member. With costuming that will be fit on any Strictly ballroom, and staging that cleverly transports you through the show, you are immersed from start to finish. 

Kevin Clifton takes to the role of Scott Hastings with such ease, it was almost as if the role was made for him. Between dancing on stage constantly, singing his heart out, and acting, he is a true triple threat. Poppy Blackledge stepped into the role of Fran with grace and flourish and you would be honoured to be able to see her play this role that she understudies so brilliantly as she dances and sings with such passion and excellence. 

I absolutely adored both Mark Sangster as Doug Hastings, and Jose Agudo as Rico. Both portraying protective parents with Jose blowing us away with his Paso Doble whilst Mark’s quiet yet observant Doug was the perfect blend of comedy and sincerity. I have to say that each and every actor on stage was nothing short of brilliant, with each being a triple threat that allows this show to showcase their multiple talents. 

Strictly Ballroom is a show that will entertain and excite audiences with its electrifying dances and eccentric performances. It’s a show that is perfect for fans of the film, or those that just appreciate a good show about losing yourself in dance, finding your passion, and falling in love. 

Strictly Ballroom is showing at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until Saturday 25th Feb before continuing on a UK Tour. For more info and to purchase tickets please follow the links below:

Strictly Ballroom Mayflower Tickets

Strictly Ballroom UK Tour Info

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