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Casting announced for Kiss Me Quickstep at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich’s sequin studded production of Amanda Whittington’s ballroom drama, Kiss Me Quickstep.

The production opens in Hornchurch (February 22 to March 9, 2019), transfers to Ipswich (March 13 – 23) and then will tour to Theatr Clwyd (March 26 – 30); the first time the Queen’s Theatre has worked with this major theatre.

The cast includes David Birch (Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre), Michelle Bishop (Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum), Adrian Klein (Memorial, Barbican Theatre), Joshua Lay (Funny Girl, UK Tour), Abigail Middleton (Wondertown, The Bohemians), Garry Robson (The Who’s Tommy, Ramps on the Moon) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Carousel, Arcola Theatre).

They will be joined by a community chorus of eight ballroom dancers.

Kiss Me Quickstep will be directed by Kirstie Davis, with design by Jess Curtis, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.

Audiences will be able to fully immerse themselves into the dazzling world of ballroom dancing thanks to the intimate nature of the production’s staging; there will be an additional bank of seats behind the stage. This show will be performed with a traverse stage with actors performing to all sides.

Writer Amanda Whittington said: “I’m delighted Kiss Me Quickstep will be dancing into the Queen’s Theatre. The show pulls back the glitter curtain on competitive dance, revealing what it takes to make a ballroom champion, on and off the floor. I can’t wait to see the new production hot-footing across the country, too.”

Audio description via a headset will be available at every performance of Kiss Me Quickstep from Tuesday, February 26, with a Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Wednesday, March 6 at 7.30pm and a Dementia-Friendly Performance on Thursday, March 7 at 1.30pm.

This co-production between the Queen’s Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre follows a number of successful collaborations including Once, Rope, The Ladykillers, Worst Wedding Ever and Made in Dagenham. The Queen’s Theatre also has a long history of producing Whittington’s work, including hit productions Ladies Day and Satin ‘n’ Steel.