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Matt Cardle to join the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Matt Cardle with cast members of Strictly Ballroom. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Casting news

ON TUESDAY, July 31, 2018, Matt Cardle will join the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical, taking over the role of band leader Wally Strand from Will Young.

Matt Cardle first came to the public’s attention when he won The X Factor in 2010, the year the TV series enjoyed its highest-ever ratings. His debut single, When We Collide, was Christmas number one that same year. Nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Single, it sold over one million copies.

Since then, Cardle has enjoyed a highly successful singing career. His most recent album, Time To Be Alive, was released by Sony earlier this year and features his latest single I’m Not Letting Go Yet and the huge club hit Desire.

In 2015, Cardle made his West End debut, playing the lead role of Huey Calhoun in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Starring alongside the legendary Beverley Knight, he won a Best West End Debut award.

Cardle said: “I’m so excited to be returning to the West End and to be joining the cast of Strictly Ballroom to play the part of Wally Strand. It’s so rare that a role comes around that you can put so much of your own stamp on. I have seen the show and it’s absolutely incredible. Baz Luhrmann is an utter genius, as is Drew McOnie. To have the opportunity to sing all these huge songs every night is a real honour.”

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed film, Strictly Ballroom tells the story of Scott Hastings – an arrogant young ballroom champion who gets in trouble for daring to dance his own steps. When he ends up dancing with a beginner, Fran, together they find the courage to defy tradition with moves that aren’t “strictly ballroom”…

The show features over 30 classic hits including Time After Time, Let’s Dance, I’m So Excited, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Sway (Quien Sera), Mambo No. 5, Dancing With Myself, Sugar Sugar, It’s the End of the World as We Know It, Teardrops, and Love is in the Air.

Director/choreographer Drew McOnie (Jesus Christ Superstar, In The Heights) has brought the story to life with a heart-stopping fusion of dance styles – together with a sensational cast led by Jonny Labey (EastEnders) and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies).

Strictly Ballroom is currently booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until October 20, 2018.

Read more about Strictly Ballroom and the cast.

Image: Matt Cardle with cast members of Strictly Ballroom. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.