At last the wait is over. Over 25,000 fans have already bought their tickets in eager anticipation of seeing the smash-hit stage production Dirty Dancing, which opens at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal tonight (Tuesday, February 12).
Due to overwhelming demand since the show went on sale last February, the producers of Dirty Dancing have had to add two extra matinee performances to the popular show’s three-week run.
Jonathan Saville, director of sales and marketing for the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said: “The demand for Dirty Dancng tickets has been phenomenal right from the moment we announced the show was coming to Nottingham at the beginning of last year. Having seen the show myself I know that our audiences will find it’s definitely worth the wait!
“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet bought a ticket to contact our box office as soon as possible. We have only very limited availability on certain performances now, with most performances completely sold out. It’s definitely one of this season’s hottest tickets”.
Written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer and co-producer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features all the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film with exciting extra scenes added in.
The tantalising dance sequences and brand new choreography come alive on stage, set to all the hits from the unforgettable soundtrack, such as ‘Do You Love Me?’, ‘Hungry Eyes’ and the Academy Award Winning ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, plus many more songs that weren’t on the original recording, making the show a truly extraordinary live experience.
Over five million people worldwide have now seen this sensational production, with the London show alone having been seen by over one million audience members. Having opened in London in 2006, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was sold out six months in advance. The show played for five triumphant years at the Aldwych Theatre, breaking all box office records with advance ticket sales of over £15 million, which made it the fastest ever selling West End show.
The first ever UK tour opened in Bristol in September 2011, and has since broken box office records across the country, making it one of the most successful tours in UK history.
Paul-Michael Jones, who has attracted huge critical and public acclaim on the tour so far, continues to star as ‘Johnny Castle’, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture, made famous around the world by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 smash hit movie. Paul-Michael trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2007. His theatre credits include ‘Eddie’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales), ‘Jack’ in Jack & The Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); We Will Rock You (Cologne) and dance captain in Fame – the Musical (European tour). He has also represented England as a Latin American and Ballroom Dancer, as one of the top two English couples, at The World Championships in Singapore.
American performer Jill Winternitz stars as ‘Baby’. She has a strong theatrical background, having trained at RADA before playing a wide range of roles including Ophelia in Hamlet, and the Prioress in The Canterbury Tales.
For more information or to book tickets please contact Box Office on (0115) 989 5555 or online at www.trch.co.uk