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Footloose UK Theatre Tour Starring Gareth Gates

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Holding Out For A Hero? Check Out Footloose
With high energy dance routines, a passionate love story and songs from Let's Hear It For The Boy to Holding Out For A Hero, it's no wonder that Footloose has become a smash hit on stage and screen.

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Gareth Gates stars as Willard in the new production of Footloose touring the UK. Photo credit David Ellis


Based on the 1984 film of the same name starring Kevin Bacon, the theatre version is embarking on a UK tour in 2016 that takes in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and London suburbs.

Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. But headstrong Ren challenges the rules to not just get the whole town on its feet but also find love.

Starring in the tour as Willard is pop heart-throb Gareth Gates. The singer who shot to fame after appearing in Pop Idol in 2001 will perform from January 29 until April 16 and then return to the show from June 20.

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High energy dance routines and great '80s music in Footloose: The Musical


Gates will be joining in with '80s hits from the show's memorable soundtrack including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy and, of course, Footloose.

Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in New York in 1998, followed by a London production in 2006. The latest UK tour is a brand new production.

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Footloose: The Musical is based on the hugely popular film starring Kevin Bacon.Photo credit David Ellis


After the film's release in 1984, the soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson's Thriller at number one and went on to top album charts all over the world, eventually selling more than 17million copies.

Footloose - UK Tour
Tickets cost £17.90 - £43.40.

Friday 29 January - Saturday 6 February 2016
BRIDLINGTON Spa
For tickets, visit the Bridlington Spa website or call 01262 678258.

Monday 8 - Saturday 13 February 2016
DARTFORD Orchard Theatre
Visit Orchard Theatre website or call 01322 220000.

Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 February 2016
EDINBURGH Festival Theatre
Visit Festival Theatre website or call 0131 529 6000

Monday 22 - Saturday 27 February 2016
LOWESTOFT Marina Theatre
For tickets visit the Marina website or call 01502 533200

Monday 29 February - Saturday 5 March 2016
CARDIFF New Theatre
Visit the New Theatre website or call 029 2087 8889

Monday 14 - Saturday 19 March 2016
MANCHESTER Palace Theatre
Visit the ATG Theatre website or call 0161 245 6600

Monday 21 - Saturday 26 March 2016
CARLISLE Sands Theatre
Visit the Sands Theatre website or call 01228 633766

Monday 28 March - Saturday 2 April 2016
PORTSMOUTH King's Theatre
Visit the theatre website or call 023 9282 8282

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 April 2016
BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Theatre
Visit the Pavilion Theatre website or call 0844 576 3000

Tuesday 19- Saturday 23 April 2016
OXFORD New Theatre
Visit the New Theatre website or call 0844 871 3020

Monday 25 - Saturday 30 April 2016
WESTON-SUPER-MARE Playhouse
Visit the Playhouse website or call 01934 645544

Monday 2 - Saturday 7 May 2016
WIMBLEDON New Theatre
Visit the New Theatre website or call 020 8545 7900

Monday 9 - Saturday 14 May 2016
LIVERPOOL Empire
Visit the ticket website or call 0151 702 7320

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 23 May 2016
WATFORD COLOSSEUM
Visit the theatre website or call 01923 571102

Tuesday 31 May - Saturday 4 June 2016
DERRY Millennium Forum
Visit the Forum website or call 028 7126 4455

Monday 6 - Saturday 11 June 2016
TORQUAY Princess Theatre
Visit the ticket website or call 0844 871 3023

Monday 13 - Saturday 18 June 2016
GLASGOW King's Theatre
Visit the ticket website or call 0844 871 7648

Monday 20 - Saturday 25 June 2016
ABERDEEN Her Majesty's Theatre
Visit the Majesty's Theatre website or call 01224 641122

Monday 4 - Saturday 9 July 2016
BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
Visit the New Alexandra Theatre website or call 0844 871 3011

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 July 2016
NEWCASTLE Opera House
Visit the Opera House website or call 0191 243 1171

Monday 18 - Saturday 23 July 2016
WOKING New Victoria Theatre
Visit the theatre website or call 0844 871 7645

Monday 25 - Saturday 30 July 2016
BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Visit the Theatre Royal website or call 0844 871 7627

Monday 1 August - Saturday 6 August 2016
BRISTOL Hippodrome
Visit the Hippodrome website or call 0844 871 3012

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Why? Everybody cut loose, it's Footloose
When: Touring January to August 2016
Phone: Various - see tour list
Where: Theatres across UK including New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Cost: £17.90 - £43.40
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