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Dirty Dancing returns to the W/E

Johnny & Baby from the current Dirty Dancing touring cast

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KARL Sydow and Amber Jacobsen, the producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, have announced that the record-breaking hit show will return to the West End this summer, opening at the Piccadilly Theatre on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

The London transfer follows a hugely successful multi-record breaking nationwide tour across the UK and Ireland, which has been seen by over one million people since it launched in 2011.

Set in the 1960s, at an upmarket holiday camp in America’s Catskill Mountains, Dirty Dancing sees the young and naive Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman fall for the charms of the camp’s dance instructor, worldly-wise Johnny Castle.

It features the hit songs Do You Love Me?, Hungry Eyes and the Academy Award-winning (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

Dirty Dancing opened at the Aldwych Theatre in 2006 with a record-breaking advance of £15 million – making it the fastest ever selling show in West End theatre history. The production became the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre and played to over two million people during its triumphant five year run.

A hit all around the world, Dirty Dancing has opened in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa, consistently breaking box office records. The current national tour has also smashed sales records all around the country and, due to overwhelming demand, a new UK tour will launch in March 2014.

Karl Sydow said: “ We’re delighted to bring the much-loved and iconic Dirty Dancing back to London in an all new exciting production that has thrilled audiences around the country. We look forward to welcoming the many fans of Dirty Dancing to the Piccadilly Theatre this summer.”

Dirty Dancing is booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until Saturday, February 22, 2014.

NB: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, May 13, 2013 on 0844 871 7630.

Viva Forever!, the Spice Girls musical, continues at the Piccadilly Theatre until June 29, 2013.