'A JOYUS BLAST. STRICTLY BRILLIANT' - The Sun

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning worldwide film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is heading out on a brand-new UK and Ireland tour starring Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton and BBC's Eastenders' Maisie Smith!

Directed by Britain’s best loved TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical follows arrogant, rebellious young ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings (Kevin Clifton). When his radical and daring dance style sees him fall out of favour with Australian Federation, he must dance with beginner, Fran (Maisie Smith). Together they find the courage to defy tradition and discover that to win, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom!

Featuring smash-hit songs Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, and all new music written by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. This feel-good ballroom sensation is sure to make for an unforgettable evening under the glitter ball that will send your heart soaring and toes tapping!

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical will waltz around the UK and Ireland from September 2022.

TOUR DATES

Maisie Smith is currently scheduled to appear until 25th March 2023
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist at any performance due to illness, holiday or events beyond the producers’ control.
No refunds or exchanges will be offered as a result of any artist’s unavailability to perform at any performance.

2022

26 Sep - 1 Oct
Portsmouth Kings Theatre
3 Oct - 8 Oct
Bromley Churchill Theatre
10 Oct -15 Oct
Sunderland Empire
17 Oct - 22 Oct
Liverpool Empire
24 Oct - 29 Oct
Llandudno Venue Cymru
31 Oct - 5 Nov
Birmingham Hippodrome
7 Nov - 12 Nov
Wimbledon New Wimbledon Theatre
14 Nov - 19 Nov
Darlington Hippodrome
21 Nov - 26 Nov
Blackpool Winter Gardens
28 Nov - 3 Dec
Peterborough New Theatre
8 Dec - 13 Dec
Sheffield City Hall
20 Dec - 31 Dec
Guildford G Live

2023

9 Jan - 14 Jan
Ipswich Regent Theatre
16 Jan - 21 Jan
Reading The Hexagon
23 Jan - 28 Jan
Cardiff Millennium Centre
30 Jan - 4 Feb
Plymouth Theatre Royal
6 Feb - 11 Feb
Truro Hall for Cornwall
13 Feb - 18 Feb
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
20 Feb - 25 Feb
Southampton Mayflower Theatre
27 Feb - 4 Mar
Northampton Royal & Derngate
6 Mar - 11 Mar
Hull Hull New Theatre
13 Mar - 18 Mar
Canterbury The Marlowe
20 Mar - 25 Mar
Southend Cliffs Pavilion
27 Mar - 1 Apr
Bradford The Alhambra Theatre
3 Apr - 8 Apr
Milton Keynes Theatre
10 Apr - 15 Apr
Norwich Theatre Royal
17 Apr - 22 Apr
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
24 Apr - 29 Apr
York Grand Opera House
1 May - 6 May
Newcastle Theatre Royal
8 May - 13 May
Edinburgh Playhouse
15 May - 20 May
Aberdeen Performing Arts
22 May - 27 May
Derry Millenium Forum Theatre
29 May - 3 Jun
Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
5 Jun - 10 Jun
Glasgow Theatre Royal
12 Jun - 17 Jun
Aylesbury Waterside
19 Jun - 24 Jun
Nottingham Theatre Royal
26 Jun - 1 Jul
Salford The Lowry
3 Jul - 8 Jul
Leeds Grand Theatre
10 Jul - 15 Jul
Bristol Hippodrome

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED AND ON SALE SOON!

Cast

Kevin Clifton

Scott Hastings

Kevin is best known for being a professional dancer on BBC One's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Competing in seven series and five finals, 2018 saw Kevin winning the show and being crowned Strictly Champion alongside Stacey Dooley, before leaving the show in 2019.

In a successful competitive ballroom dancing career Kevin won numerous titles across the world including becoming a four-time British Latin American Champion and Youth World number one.

Kevin made his Broadway debut as a principal dancer with Burn the Floor in 2009 and West End musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing the musical at The Aldwych Theatre in 2010. Kevin has remained a member of the Burn the Floor dance company for many years, early 2022 saw the hottest show in town tour the UK.

In summer 2021 Kevin joined song and dance legend Adam Cooper in Jonathan Church's critically acclaimed production 'Singin in the Rain', which then toured the UK summer 2022. Other credits include, Robbie Hart in 'The Wedding Singer' (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre), Stacey Jaxx in 'Rock Of Ages' (UK Tour) and The Artilleryman is Jeff Wayne's 'The War Of The Worlds' (UK Arena tour).

Most recently Kevin took on his greatest challenge yet as he competed in ITV's 'The Real Games'. Not stopping there, Kevin has a successful podcast 'The Kevin Clifton Show' where he speaks with special guests and shares his own experiences and tips on how to be successful in the creative industry.

Maisie Smith

Fran

Maisie is an award-winning actress, best known on screen for her much-loved portrayal of Tiffany Butcher in Eastenders (BBC).

Maisie made her acting debut playing a young Elizabeth in feature film The Other Boleyn Girl alongside Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne, the same year Maisie stormed into Albert Square. Late 2021 saw the departure of Tiffany Butcher, the role in which Maisie had played for 13 years, her time on the square involved gripping storylines as an iconic member of the long-established Butcher family.

Maisie has won both ‘Best Dramatic performance from a Young Actress’ at the British Soap Awards, along with ‘Best Young Actor’ from the Inside Soap Awards.

In 2019 Maisie took part in the ‘Children in Need: Strictly Come Dancing Special' and went on to win the competition alongside Kevin Clifton. In 2020 Maisie won the hearts of the nation as she danced her way to the Strictly Come Dancing final.

Kevin Clifton

Scott Hastings

Kevin is best known for being a professional dancer on BBC One's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Competing in seven series and five finals, 2018 saw Kevin winning the show and being crowned Strictly Champion alongside Stacey Dooley, before leaving the show in 2019.

In a successful competitive ballroom dancing career Kevin won numerous titles across the world including becoming a four-time British Latin American Champion and Youth World number one.

Kevin made his Broadway debut as a principal dancer with Burn the Floor in 2009 and West End musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing the musical at The Aldwych Theatre in 2010. Kevin has remained a member of the Burn the Floor dance company for many years, early 2022 saw the hottest show in town tour the UK.

In summer 2021 Kevin joined song and dance legend Adam Cooper in Jonathan Church's critically acclaimed production 'Singin in the Rain', which then toured the UK summer 2022. Other credits include, Robbie Hart in 'The Wedding Singer' (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre), Stacey Jaxx in 'Rock Of Ages' (UK Tour) and The Artilleryman is Jeff Wayne's 'The War Of The Worlds' (UK Arena tour).

Most recently Kevin took on his greatest challenge yet as he competed in ITV's 'The Real Games'. Not stopping there, Kevin has a successful podcast 'The Kevin Clifton Show' where he speaks with special guests and shares his own experiences and tips on how to be successful in the creative industry.

Maisie Smith

Fran

Maisie is an award-winning actress, best known on screen for her much-loved portrayal of Tiffany Butcher in Eastenders (BBC).

Maisie made her acting debut playing a young Elizabeth in feature film The Other Boleyn Girl alongside Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne, the same year Maisie stormed into Albert Square. Late 2021 saw the departure of Tiffany Butcher, the role in which Maisie had played for 13 years, her time on the square involved gripping storylines as an iconic member of the long-established Butcher family.

Maisie has won both ‘Best Dramatic performance from a Young Actress’ at the British Soap Awards, along with ‘Best Young Actor’ from the Inside Soap Awards.

In 2019 Maisie took part in the ‘Children in Need: Strictly Come Dancing Special' and went on to win the competition alongside Kevin Clifton. In 2020 Maisie won the hearts of the nation as she danced her way to the Strictly Come Dancing final.

Nikki Belsher

Shirley Hastings

Nikki was most recently involved with the tour of ‘Fat Friends’ the musical. She was extremely lucky to have worked with Kay Mellor the writer and director. Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic, this tour was cancelled.

International Associate Choreographer:
Nikki had an exciting experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in Seoul, South Korea as International Associate Choreographer staging the smash hit production ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’

Assistant Choreographer and Resident Choreographer:
Nikki assisted Peter Darling on the choreography for the original West End production of ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ in London. She then joined Peter in New York to stage the show on Broadway.
After which, Nikki re-joined the show in the West End as Resident Choreographer.

Nikki also assisted Peter with the choreography of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, the Musical, which opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

She has worked with Peter as Tap Dance Advisor for the West End Production of ‘Groundhog Day’, and the workshop for the Broadway Production of ‘Frozen’.

Other Residency credits Include:
Resident Director/ Choreographer ‘City of Angels’ (Garrick Theatre), Resident Director ‘Rainbow Rocks, My Little Pony Musical’ (Asia Tour 2016). Resident Director/Choreographer on ‘Me and My Girl’ (UK tour), ‘Footloose the Musical’ (UK tour and Playhouse Theatre in the West End), ‘The Rat Pack live from Las Vegas’ (Haymarket and Strand (now Novello) Theatres.)

Theatre credits include:
Ensemble in ‘42nd Street’ (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Jemima in ‘Cats’ (New London Theatre), Pearl in ‘Starlight Express’ (Australasia Tour), Ensemble in ‘Can Can’ (Strand Theatre), ‘Ashley’ and Dance Captain in ‘Starlight Express’ (Apollo Victoria), ‘Sue’ and Dance Captain in ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ (UK Tour), Ensemble in ‘Carousel’ (National Theatre), ‘Candi’ in ‘Oh What a Night’ (Opera House, Blackpool), Ensemble in ‘Fame’ (Scandinavian Tour), ‘Marty’ in ‘Grease’ (Scandinavian tour), ‘Delores’/’Miss Cashdime’ in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (National Theatre), Ensemble and Dance Captain in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (UK Tour), ‘Nickie’ in ‘Sweet Charity’ (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Barelli Sister in ‘The Rat Pack’ (Haymarket Theatre), ‘Sheila Bryant’ in ‘A Chorus Line’ (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

Television:
‘Agony’ (Live TV), ‘2.4 Children’ (BBC), ‘Dramarama’ (ITV), ‘Campion’ (ITV), ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’, 1991.

DVDs:
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat’, and ‘The Rat Pack live from Las Vegas’.

Miscellaneous:
A ‘Coconut’ for ‘Kid Creole and the Coconuts’.
Adjudicator for the DWC (Dance World Cup).

Mark Sangster

Doug Hastings

Mark started out as a drummer in a punk band, which would later help him get into rock and roll musical theatre. He trained at the RSAMD, in Glasgow and has gone from touring with childrens’ theatre, to appearing in the West End, on two productions.
He last toured with Curtains and before that, worked on various musicals, such as Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls and a seven year stint in The Lion King. He also toured With Hull Truck Theatre, on Thick as a Brick, by John Godber.
Television credits include:

Casualty, Four Lives and little Boy Blue.
Hobbies include, playing guitar, piano and drums. Mark is delighted to be working on Strictly Ballroom and getting back to touring again.

Gary Davis

Barry Fife

Gary gained a BA (Hons) in Drama at the John Moore’s University as well as
studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Television credits include; Alderman Meggarty in An Inspector Calls (BBC/Drama
Republic), John Pollard (recurring role), in Our Zoo (BBC/Big Talk Productions).
Theatre credits include; Mr Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera (Queens Theatre
Barnstaple), President Roosevelt, U/S Daddy Warbucks in Annie (UK Tour), General
Harrison Howell/Harry/Baptista in Kiss Me Kate (Kilworth House), Baron Hardup in
Cinderella (Floral Pavilion, New Brighton), King in All’s Well That Ends Well & Mr
Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer (Changeling Theatre), Baron Hardup in Cinderella
(Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl), Onstage Swing Understudy Captain Smith, Mr Andrews, Mr
Ismay, Murdoch, Pitman,/Etches, Isador Straus, Edgar Beane in Titanic (Toronto),
Emperor of China in Aladdin (The Watersmeet, Rickmansworth), Monsignor O’Hara
in Sister Act (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Emperor Chop Suey 3rd in Aladdin (Paul
Holman Associates), The Captain in Anything Goes (Kilworth House), Harry in My
Fair Lady (Kilworth House), Admiral von Schreiber in The Sound of Music (Kilworth
House), The Sound of Music (Bahrain, Popular Productions), The 12 Tenors (China &
European Tours), Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Paddy Cleary in The
Thornbirds – a Musical (World Premiere), Abu in Aladdin (Broadway Theatre,
Peterborough), Lord Scrumptious/Inventor and u/s Baron Bomhurst in Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang (No.1 UK Tour), Principal Vocalist in Thursford Xmas Spectacular; Shrank
in West Side Story (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Dad in Amazing Grace (Wales Theatre
Company Tour), Man 1 in Closer Than Ever (Erin Arts Centre), Constable/cover Tevye
in Fiddler on the Roof (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), and Mister Bumble in Oliver
(Aberystwyth Arts Centre).
Opera credits include The Merry Widow, La Traviata, Tailor of Gloucester, Tales of
Hoffman, The Magic Flute, Handle’s Messiah, Master Peter’s Puppet Play, Nabucco,
Cavalleria Rusticana and The Bartered Bride.

Quinn Patrick

Les Kendall

Quinn began his professional career by forming his own Theatre-in-Education company called Body2Body. The company enjoyed three successful years touring Schools and Colleges. Quinn subsequently won a scholarship to Mountview Theatre School where he graduated with a BA Honours Degree.
His first job following graduation was a national tour of The Wind In The Willows playing Toad. Further theatre credits include Teddy in Arsenic And Old Lace, Judd in Bouncers, Norman in Lucky Sods, Det Sgt Davenport in Funny Money, George in I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Hooper in Kindly Keep It Covered.
Musicals include Mr Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors, Chief O’Reilly in Bananaman The Musical, Swifty in Grand Central and most recently Bill in We’ll Live and Die in these Towns for The Belgrade Theatre., Coventry.

Television credits include Pennyworth (Amazon Prime); Emmerdale (ITV), Casualty, Moving On and Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC) Without Motive (ITV), Castoffs ( Channel 4) and most recently a special one off episode of Trollied for Sky One. He also appeared in BAFTA winning children’s TV shows Grandpa In My Pocket and global hit HaHa Hairies.
Quinn has a wealth of pantomime experience and for many years has performed as the traditional pantomime Dame, in theatres across the UK.
Film includes: Young Woman and the Sea for Disney; Elevator Gods for Happy Our Films; Mariachi for Diamond Dogs and Danny and the Human Zoo for BBC film and Red productions.

Quinn can also be seen on the stand up circuit, having taken shows to The Edinburgh Festival, where he debuted his own one man show Shut your Cakehole and has since enjoyed sell out London shows.

Oliver Brooks

JJ Silvers

TRAINED: Birmingham School of Acting (1st BA Honours in Acting).

THEATRE:Ram’s Dad in Heathers The Musical (The Other Palace); Ram’s Dad in Heathers The Movie; Father/Larry in But I’m A Cheerleader (Turbine Theatre); Edna Turnblad in Hairspray The Musical (Royal Caribbean Productions Ltd.); Queen Of Hearts in Alice and Wonderland (Gideon Reeling); Sergei/ 1st Understudy (and played) Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical (RSC, West End); Miss Trunchbull in the 5th Anniversary Performance of Matilda The Musical (RSC, West End); The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (Punchdrunk/National Theatre Productions); Constance & Sinestra (Latitude Festival/CPT); The Canterbury Tales, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Worcester Rep); Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Jaques in As You Like It (The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham)

CONCERTS: Thernardier in Les Miserables in Concert (YIMBY); Walter in Beat Bugs The Musical/BEAM 2018 (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); A West End Christmas 2015 (Theatre MAD/Actors Church); The Swan Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala Night (Worcester Rep)

Jose Agudo

Rico

Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing in musical
theatre and as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance
became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with
Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
and Akram Khan Company.
From 2010-2017, Jose worked on seven creations with Akram Khan Company
as a choreographic assistant, rehearsal director and dancer. During this time,
Jose studied Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels
between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected
with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary
context. As a result, he established Agudo Dance Company in 2017, touring
the inaugural work Silk Road in 6 countries, followed by a stunning adaptation
of Carmen, which continues to tour in 2022.
Jose’s independent choreographic commissions include productions for
Phoenix Dance Theatre, ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, ACE Dance and Music,
Cape Dance Company, Norrdans, Akademi, London Mozart Players,
Festival International de Music y Danza de Granada, SEAD/Bodhi Project,
Area Jeune Ballet, Rambert School, English National Ballet School,
London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, and Northern
School of Contemporary Dance.
In 2019, Jose choreographed the opening ceremony of the Davis Cup by
Rakuten in Madrid. He is listed in the new edition of 50 Contemporary
Choreographers, an international publication by Routledge.

Karen Mann

Abuela

Training: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: Fairy Fortywinks in Sleeping Beauty (Eastbourne Theatre); Consuelo in On Your Feet! (London Coliseum & UK Tour), playing Mother Superior in Sister Act (Jamie Wilson Productions/Curve Theatre, directed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical arrangements by Sarah Travis), Marley in Scrooge (Curve Theatre), and Grandmother in The Witches (Curve Theatre/No. 1 Tour); Golde in Fiddler On The Roof opposite Paul Michael Glaser (Music & Lyrics Ltd, directed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical arrangements by Sarah Travis); Maria Callas in Master Class (English Theatre Frankfurt); the Susan Boyle Story I Dreamed A Dream (Michael Harrison Entertainment/No. 1 Tour) playing Susan’s mother Bridie Boyle, Morgana in Sleeping Beauty (New Wolsey Ipswich); The Duchess in Alice In Wonderland, Mrs Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Clover in Animal Farm (all for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep.); The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sense and Sensibility, Cabaret and Face (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); extensive work for Watermill Theatre including Tuxedo Junction, Gladys in Copacabana, Martin Guerre, Katisha in Hot Mikado, Viv in the TMA Best Musical Awarded Spend, Spend, Spend (all Directed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical arrangements by Sarah Travis); Moonlight & Magnolias, Gondoliers (which transferred to the Apollo Theatre, London); Golde in Fiddler On The Roof (which along with Gondoliers also won TMA Best Musical Awards); the title role of Carmen and Mrs. Lovett in the acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd which transferred to London’s Trafalgar Studios and the New Ambassadors Theatre.

Karen’s other London credits include seasons for the Kali Theatre Company, the Drill Hall, the Cherub Theatre Company, the Theatre of Comedy and the Bubble Theatre. She has also appeared in several productions of Return To The Forbidden Planet playing the role of the Science Officer (West End, Japan, National Tour).

Other work: Blanche Hudson in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (Glasgow Citizens
Theatre); Happy End and The Threepenny Opera (Theatr Clwyd, directed by Peter Rowe).

Television credits include: Karen played a Zygon and morphed into human form in
Doctor Who and Consuela in My Family (both BBC); Mirtala in Episodes (Hat Trick), and;
The Woman in Death of a Salesman (STV).

Maddy Ambus

Liz

Maddy is a 2021 BA graduate from Arts Educational Schools, London.
Theatre credits include: Bombalurina, Cats International Tour and West Side Story at Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia.
Television credits include: The Sister Boniface Mysteries (BBC)

Benjamin Harrold

Ken

Ben started dancing at the age of seven, in his home town of Milton Keynes. By the age of 16 he was training and competing alongside some of the best performers around the world and had won and held numerous championship titles. He then wished to further his training in dance, singing and acting, accepting a scholarship to study at Laine Theatre Arts and the London Studio Centre before beginning his professional career, in 2006 at the age of 19, with his first role as Hopper 2 in Starlight Express. Ben has gained extensive experience in over 40 different styles of dance throughout his years and was being tutored by world champions; his repertoire ranges from Latin American, Ballet, Lyrical and Tap to Gymnastics/Acrobatics, Pas de deux and numerous styles of Hip Hop. He also trained for some time in Los Angeles, advancing his skills further in gymnastics and dance and was also coached in Toronto as an Aerialist where he has performed in London and New York City. His achievements span over Musicals touring around the world as well as London’s West End including: Moe in DIRTY DANCING; Fosco in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER; Kenickie in GREASE THE MUSICAL; Dance Captain in MEMPHIS; Stalker in THE BODYGUARD; THRILLER LIVE; Jack Frost in THE SNOWMAN; Dance Captain, Swing, Abe and C.C in FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL; ANNIE THE MUSICAL; STARLIGHT EXPRESS UK & SCANDANAVIAN TOUR and FAME in Monte Carlo. His TV and Movie credits worldwide include: SPIDERMAN: AWAY FROM HOME; GHD. SKY MOBILE & WIMBLEDON COMMERCIALS; Theo James’ Body-Double in SANDITON (ITV); LIAR (SERIES 2) and MOTHERFATHERSON (BBC).

Jessica Vaux

Charm

Jessica started her training from the age of 12 at The Television Workshop. She has recently graduated from ArtsEd where she trained in Musical Theatre.

This production marks Jessica's professional debut.

Danielle Cato

Tina Sparkle

Training: The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools & Laine Theatre Arts

Theatre credits: Vivian/Ensemble in Dirty Dancing (Dominion Theatre-West End and UK Tour), Cassandra in Cats (China and Asian Tour), Official opening of The Gillian Lynne Theatre as Cassandra (Gillian Lynne Theatre-West End), Ensemble/Tango Girl 42nd Street (Drury Lane-West End), Ensemble/Cover Tinkerbell/Dance Captain in Peter Pan (QDOS Theatre Royal Newcastle), Ensemble in Carousel (ENO London Coliseum-West End), Cassandra (Covered and played Victoria and Bombalurina) in Cats (London Palladium-West End), Cassandra (Covered and played Victoria and Bombalurina) in Cats (Blackpool/UK and International Tour), Jet Ensemble/Cover Graziella and all Shark Girls West Side Story (UK Tour), Featured dancer in 42nd Street Charity Gala (London Palladium-West End), Ensemble/Cover Marty and Cha Cha in Grease the Musical (UK Tour), Ensemble in Vampirette (Manchester Opera House), Ensemble in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre-West End), Iris Kelly in Fame (UK tour), Ensemble/Lead Samba Girl in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), Iris Kelly in Fame (Shaftesbury Theatre-West End), Ensemble/Cover Wendy in Peter Pan (QDOS Belfast Opera House), Dancer in The Nutcracker (Royal Ballet Company), Dancer in Beatrix Potter (Royal Ballet Company)

Film credits include: 42nd Street

Television credits: The Olivier Awards (ITV), This Morning (ITV) Finalist in So You Think You Can Dance (BBC1 – UK Season Two)

Kieran Cooper

Wayne

Kieran Cooper was born and raised in the capital of Scotland where he trained for 3 years at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts. He has had the privilege of performing alongside some of theatre's biggest stars including Jonathan Reid Gealt, Taylor Louderman (Bring It On) and has appeared in ITV’s hit series ‘Victoria’. Kieran worked for Celebrity Cruises for 3 years after graduating before joining Norwegian Cruiseline, playing the ‘Hardman’ in ‘Choir of Man’.

Agnes Pure

Vanessa

Agnes trained at Arts Ed London and has had 11 years of Ballroom and Latin training prior to her Musical Theatre training.
Her most recent credits include Emergency Cover and Swing in the German touring production of Rocky Horror Show and Dance Captain/ cover Marlene Dietrich in Berlin Berlin. Her other Musical Theatre credits include Swing/ Resident Director in Flashdance, Demeter/ Cover Grizabella in Cats the Musical, Tattooed Girl in Sideshow, Gold digger in Sinatra and Friends and Ensemble in Beauty and The Beast Pantomime.
TV/ Workshops/ Concerts: Donna in workshop of La Bamba, Nadia in Life (BBC), Vocalist for Sheridan Smith in STAGES Musical Theatre Festival, Polish working girl in No Offence (Channel 4), Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2), Ensemble for Kerry Ellis in Concert.
Agnes is thrilled to be part of the cast of Strictly Ballroom, as it brings together Ballroom and Latin and Musical theatre, two worlds that have had a big impact on her life.

Adam Davidson

Nathan

Stage Credits: Ensemble/Understudy Bert in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Ensemble/Understudy Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre); Swing/Understudy Neleus in Mary Poppins (Stage Entertainment, Germany).

Poppy Blackledge

Pam

Training: Bird College

Credits whilst training: Joyce in Betty Blue Eyes, Featured Singer in Colours of My Life, M in Lungs, Principle in Wild Party, Ensemble in Wars, Dancer in Mamma Mia: Guinness World Record – Largest Disco Dance.

Credits: Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour & Monte Carlo)

Poppy is thrilled to be joining the cast of Strictly Ballroom and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.

Liv Alexander

Female Ensemble

Liv trained at The Urdang Academy in London graduating in July 2019.
THEATRE: THE COFFEESHOP (Vault Festival London and Manchester), SIX (West End
& UK Tour), SIX (Norwegian Breakaway, NCL), BARE: A POP OPERA (The Vaults,
London).
Roles in training include: Holly in THE WEDDING SINGER, Shelley in BATBOY THE
MUSICAL, Diva in IT'S RAINING MEN - PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.
Television: Dancer in THE BRIT AWARDS - LITTLE MIX LIVE PERFORMANCE (ITV).

Edwin Ray

Male Ensemble

Edwin trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts.
Theatre credits include : PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (UK Tour), THE HAPPY PRINCE
WORKSHOP (The Place, London), FOLLIES (National Theatre), MARY POPPINS (UK Tour),
SAUL (Glyndebourne Opera), CABARET (MAC, Belfast), HAPPY DAYS THE MUSICAL (UK Tour),
ANYTHING GOES (Kilworth House Theatre), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Bahrain), IRISH WINGS
(Dutch Tour), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Lowry Theatre, Manchester),
WE WILL ROCK YOU (Dominion Theatre, West End), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (UK Tour),
RSC Version of THE WIZARD OF OZ (Southampton Mayflower Theatre), CHICAGO (UK Tour),
FOOTLOOSE (UKTour), CRAZY FOR YOU (UK Tour) and FAME (Aldwych Theatre London, and
Edinburgh Playhouse).
For Matthew Bourne's New Adventures company : THE CAR MAN 2022 (Royal Albert Hall,
London) CINDERELLA 2018/19 (Harry, The Pilot) EARLY ADVENTURES (Dance
Captain), EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (Brad Covitt & Mayor Upton), Original cast of SLEEPING
BEAUTY (creating the role of King Benedict), NUTCRACKER! (Nutcracker & liquorice man),
CINDERELLA 2010/11 (Dick and Harry, The Pilot), and SWAN LAKE (2005/06)
Choreographer/Director credits include : ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS (co-choreographer -
U.K. tour 2022), SLEEPING BEAUTY (Choreographer - Leicester - De Montfort Hall
2021) , MASTERPIECES OF MOTION (Creative director and Choreographer - Windsor Castle),
THE HAPPY PRINCE - A New Musical (Associate Choreographer - The Place Theatre, London)
TABBY MCTAT (Choreographer - The Southbank Centre, London) ALADDIN (Choreographer -
Windsor Castle) TWELTH NIGHT (Associate Choreographer- Wilton's Music Hall, London)
PROPHECY! A New Musical (Workshop-Writer/Director/Choreographer); A CHRISTMAS
CAROL (Choreographer - Windsor Castle); TWO SINGULAR SENSATIONS (Writer, Director,
Choreographer - The Purple Playhouse, Brighton Fringe); TEDDY (Assistant ChoreographerSouthwark Playhouse)
Additional Credits include : THE BOOK THIEF - WORKSHOPS (The Octagon Theatre, Bolton &
National Theatre Studio, London), ALL STAR MUSICALS (ITV), CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (UK
Concert Hall Tour), FOLLIES (NT live & cast recording), TWO SINGULAR SENSATIONS (Brighton
Fringe), MATHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY FILM (Leopard Films), MATTHEW
BOURNE'S CHRISTMAS (Leopard Films and Channel 4), ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (Monte
Carlo, Istanbul & UK Tour), TOYOTA TRADE SHOW (International centre Barcelona), LOREAL
COLOUR TROPHY AWARDS (Earls Court), A ROYAL GALA (Wales Millennium Centre Opening
Gala and BBC TV), WAKING THE DEAD (BBC TV) and STARS IN THEIR EYES (Granada TV).

Stuart Rouse

Male Ensemble

Born in Essex, Stuart started dancing at the age of 7 at a local dance school the Stagestruck Academy. He went on to continue his training in Essex, studying Musical Theatre at Performers College. He has recently finished in the UK Tour of Come What May.

Other Theatre Credits: Remembering The Oscars (Film Production), Starlight Express (Bochum), Remembering The Oscars (UK Tour), Dick Whittington (Bristol Hippodrome), Roger in An Evening of Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Dancing Queen (Fallsview Casino, Niagara), Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (UK Tour), Puttin’ On The Ritz (UK and Monaco Tour). Stuart has also worked as the assistant Choreographer for The Hackney Empire Production of Jack And The Beanstalk, and at the WhatsOnStage awards.
Carousel at Kilworth House for Nick Winston,
Chess The Concert Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Television Credits include: ‘The Royals’ TV Series, Britain’s Got Talent (Live semi finals with tap group ‘The Beat Brothers’), Talk About You (Mika Music Video), The X Factor, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, FA Cup Opening Ceremony.

Stuart is delighted to be part of Strictly Ballroom Tour, and would like to thank his family friends and agent for their continued support.

Hollie Jane Stephens

Female Ensemble

Michelle Buckley

On Stage Swing

Michelle is an American dancer who has performed internationally in various genres, from ballet and contemporary to musical theatre and opera. She was an original cast member of the Sisters Grimm production ‘Voices of the Amazon’, choreographed by Helen Pickett which toured to Moscow, Singapore and Sadler's Wells. Since 2007 Michelle has danced for Julia Gleich of Gleich Dances, performing regularly in New York and London. Most recently, Michelle originated the role of Louella Linton in a new musical, ‘A Face in a Million’, directed by Dame Arlene Phillips. She has also worked behind the scenes as a choreographer and assistant director, and holds a Masters in Dance History and Philosophy.

Stylianos Thomadakis

On Stage Swing

Stylianos trained at Bird College of Performing Arts

Stage Credits include: Fabio in Secret Cinema - Dirty Dancing; Jorge/Ensemble/Guitarist in ZORRO (Charing Cross Theatre, London); Lead Vocalist for TUI Sensatori Ibiza; Ensemble/Guitarist/Bass in ZORRO (Hope Mill Theatre); Nomad in THE THORN OF ACACIA (White Bear Theatre).

TV & Film Credits include: Dancer in ENOLA HOLMES 2 (Netflix);
Dancer in ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Pictures); Servant in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (Focus Features);

Credits while in training include: Richie Walter in A CHORUS LINE; Mary Sunshine/Ensemble in CHICAGO; Ensemble in HELLO DOLLY; Soloist in SEASONS; Ensemble in WONDERLANDS.