BAZ LUHRMANN’S smash hit musical Strictly Ballroom's new 2020/2021 tour will stop off at Sunderland Empire, York Opera House and Darlington Hippodrome

Directed by dancer, choreographer and Britain’s favourite TV judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Ballroom will be foxtrotting around the UK and Ireland from September 2020. The show is based on the award-winning, global film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom that inspired the world to dance.

Casting announcements will be made in the coming months.

Featuring a show-stopping book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, and bringing together a cast of more than 20 world-class performers, Strictly Ballroom brings to life iconic songs, including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time.

This tour will also feature some new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. The show’s singing, dancing and eye-popping costumes will combine to bring audiences a story of heart, comedy and drama.

Revel Horwood said: “I am absolutely delighted to be directing the 2020/21 UK tour of Strictly Ballroom The Musical – it’s going to be fab-u-lous! The theatre is where I come alive and it is there that I feel in my most creative element. Having directed the UK Arena Tour of Strictly Come Dancing for the past few years, I simply cannot wait to put my stamp on this iconic and much-loved musical.

"Expect some sexy moves, sizzling costumes and a simply sensational evening.”

Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families – and discover that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom.

The musical originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of classmates at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1984. Eight years later he made his screen directorial debut with Strictly Ballroom, the first instalment in Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy.

The film enjoyed staggering success, winning three awards at the 1993 BAFTA awards and a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, going on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. In April 2014 Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

  • Strictly Ballroom runs at Sunderland Empire from Monday, October 26 to Saturday October 31, 2020, York Opera House from Monday, November 23 to Saturday, November 28 2020 and Darlington Hippodrome from Monday, February 8 to Saturday February 13, 2021. Tickets are on sale now.