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Footloose: The Musical - full casting announced

Footloose

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Footloose: The Musical, which returns next month following a smash-hit 2016 tour.

Opening at New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday, April 21, the tour will include a strictly limited West End season at The Peacock, playing for three weeks from September 12 to September 30, 2017.

Joshua Dowen will play Ren McCormack, the role immortalised on screen by Kevin Bacon. Dowen’s stage credits include Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse, Cool Rider at the Duchess Theatre and All or Nothing at the Vaults Festival.

The cast also features Hannah Price (reprising her performance from the 2016 tour) as Ariel Moore, Reuven Gershon (Let It Be, West End/Broadway) as Reverend Shaw, Lindsay Goodhand (Crazy For You, Watermill Theatre) as Ethel McCormack, Laura Sillett (Grease, International Tour) as Rusty, Connor Going (The Pirates of Penzance, Sh*tfaced Shakesepare) as Chuck, Emma Fraser (The Vaudevillians, Les Enfants Terribles) as Wendy Jo, Gracie Lai (Avenue Q, UK Tour) as Urleen, Tomas Wolstenhome (Once, West End) as Bickle, Dominic Gee Burch as Jeter and Alex Marshall (Buddy, UK Tour) as Wes.

The cast also includes Luke Dowling, Grace Lancaster, Laurence Libor, Jamie Ross and Lauren Storer.

They join the previously announced Gareth Gates as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet.

Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose: The Musical is bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

Footloose: The Musical will also visit Richmond Theatre from May 15 to May 20, 2017.

NB: Gareth Gates will not appear in Wimbledon and Chester.

Image: Gareth Gates as Willard. Photo by Matt Martin.

Read more about Footloose: The Musical.