- Posted By: Glenn Rice on: Tue, 14th May 2013 at 11:57am
Dirty Dancing is coming to the West End's Piccadilly Theatre on 7 July. The stage version of the classic Patrick Swayze fllm is coming off its successful UK tour for a 7-month run at the Piccadilly following the early closure of Viva Forever! on 29 June.
The show was a smash hit during its initial London run at the Aldwych Theatre in 2006 before closing there in 2011 and commencing its current tour.
Jill Winternitz and Paul-Michael Jones head the touring cast as Baby and Johnny, the roles made famous in the film by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Casting details for the Piccadilly have still to be confirmed.
Set in 1963, Dirty Dancing is the story of 17 year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman, who's set off on holiday in New York's Catskill Mountains with her family.
Bored with the activities on offer at their posh resort, Baby stumbles across an all-night dance party and is instantly captivated by the raunchy bump 'n' grind she finds there. She can't wait to be part of the scene - especially when she catches sight of the resort's dance instructor Johnny Castle.
The stage version of Dirty Dancing was adapted by the movie’s screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, who based the story on her own childhood experiences.