Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, the show tells the story of talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings. 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.
Kevin Clifton said: "I'm beyond excited to be finally fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play Scott Hastings in Strictly Ballroom The Musical. When I was 10-years-old I first watched the movie
that would become my favourite film of all time. This is my dream role. Plus I get to work with Craig Revel Horwood again! I really can't wait to don the golden jacket in what's set to be an incredible show."
Dream role: Kevin Clifton (pic: Dave Hogan)
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 his acclaimed Red Curtain trilogy. The musical will tour the UK, kicking off in Plymouth on September 27, 2021. Songs include Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time.
Champion: Kevin Clifton (pic: Dave Hogan)
Kevin joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, performing in the final five times, and crowned Strictly champion in 2018. He's a former youth world number one and four-time British Latin Champion, and has won international open titles all over the world. Since making his West End musical theatre debut in 2010 in Dirty Dancing, Kevin has starred in The Wedding Singer as Robbie Hart and Rock of Ages as Stacie Jaxx.