About Kinky Boots

Winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award on Broadway and in the West End, Kinky Boots is touring the UK in 2025 starring Johannes Radebe and Dan Partridge.

Based on the much-loved movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots is the riotously funny show that takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

An incredible cast is led by Strictly Come Dancing professional and acclaimed dancer and performer Johannes Radebe as Lola, and West End leading man Dan Partridge (Grease, Mamma Mia!) as Charlie Price.

Inspired by true events, after inheriting his family’s failing shoe factory and with a relationship on the rocks, life is proving to be very challenging for Charlie Price. That is until he meets Lola, a drag queen whose sparkle and unsteady heels might just hold the answer to saving the struggling business.

Winner of six Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards including Best Musical, the show features a fabulous score by Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Cyndi Lauper, and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Kinky Boots is a huge-hearted, feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun… and a kick of pure joy!

The ultimate feel-good fun night out.

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Kinky Boots - Tour Dates

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Woking New Victoria Theatre
28 January 2025 - 1 February 2025
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Manchester Palace Theatre
4 February 2025 - 8 February 2025
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Glasgow King's Theatre
11 February 2025 - 15 February 2025
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Edinburgh Playhouse
18 February 2025 - 22 February 2025
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Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre
11 March 2025 - 15 March 2025
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Brighton Theatre Royal
25 March 2025 - 29 March 2025
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Stockton-on-Tees Globe Theatre
29 April 2025 - 3 May 2025
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Bristol Hippodrome
13 May 2025 - 17 May 2025
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Liverpool Empire Theatre
8 July 2025 - 12 July 2025
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Oxford New Theatre
22 July 2025 - 26 July 2025
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Starring


What's the story of Kinky Boots?

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola – a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Who is in the cast of Kinky Boots?

Starring Johannes Radebe as Lola and Dan Partridge as Charlie Price.

Further casting to be announced. 

Who are the creative team of Kinky Boots?

Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein.

Originally directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Based on the Miramax motion picture Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.


Reviews

★★★★ "As they say in shoe shops: Blistering! - Daily Mail (West End production)
★★★★ "From Cyndi Lauper’s score to impressive lead performances, this winsome men-in-frocks show puts its best foot forward" - Guardian (West End production)
★★★★ "These dancing boots are such a hoot" - The Times (West End production)

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Kinky Boots new UK tour announced starring Johannes Radebe & Dan Partridge
Kinky Boots new UK tour announced starring Johannes Radebe & Dan Partridge
Hit Broadway and West End musical Kinky Boots is heading back out on tour in 2025. An all-new production of Kinky Boots will be directed by Leicester Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster (An Officer and a Gentleman, Grease), and star Strictly Come Dancing professional and acclaimed dancer and performer Johannes Radebe as Lola, alongside Dan Partridge (Grease, Mamma Mia!) as Charlie Price. The tour kicks off at the Curve in Leicester on 17 January 2025, and visits venues including Woking, Brighton Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford , Stockton and Milton Keynes. Joining Nikolai Foster in the creative team are set and costume designer Robert Jones, and choreographer Leah Hill. The award-winning musical originally won six Tony Awards on Broadway and three Olivier Awards in the West End including Best Musical. Kinky Boots is based on the true story of a Northampton shoe factory which faced hard times and then does the ultimate business pivot inspired by a fabulous drag queen. The show is based on the hit British movie of the same name starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The show is by Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Cyndi Lauper, and has a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, La Cage Aux Folles). The original Broadway and West End production was directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde), who is directing the forthcoming big West End premiere of The Devil Wears Prada at the Dominion Theatre in London. Kinky Boots - Johannes Radebe and Dan Partridge with director Nikolai Foster. Photo by Ollie Rosser Kinky Boots - Johannes Radebe. Photo by Ollie Rosser Kinky Boots - Johannes Radebe and Dan Partridge. Photo by Ollie Rosser Kinky Boots - Dan Partridge. Photo by Ollie Rosser Cyndi Lauper said in a statement: “Kinky Boots is one of the things I’m proudest of in my career, and I’m so excited that audiences will get to see it again, in a new production. It’s like a happy pill – and we could all use some of that right now! I can’t think of a better time or place to relaunch this special show in its place of origin.” Harvey Fierstein said: "An all new production is a thrilling event in the life of a well-loved show. And to have that rebirth occur in the place of its origin makes it all a billion times more exciting. I can’t wait to welcome Kinky Boots home." Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said in a joint statement:“We all know Johannes for his extraordinary artistry on the dance floor, but seeing him inhabit the astonishing world of Lola in Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s proud, punchy and passionate Kinky Boots has been an electrifying and profoundly moving experience. Johannes is joined by Curve regular, the magnificent Dan Partridge, as Charlie Price and a world class creative team, led by designer Robert Jones and choreographer Leah Hill. We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to create a brand-new Kinky Boots at Curve, alongside our terrific co-producers at ROYO, returning the story to its native Midlands and manufacturing heartland of Leicester, where our theatre proudly stands today. This is a story of British industrial heritage, told through Fierstein’s fiercely intelligent words, and Lauper’s explosive songs, in a truly joyful musical about overcoming adversity, celebrating individuality, the power of a good pair of heels and community spirit. “We can’t wait to share this explosion of joy with audiences next year.” Kinky Boots is produced by ROYO and Curve. Johannes Radebe is currently touring the UK in Johannes Radebe: House of Jojo, which includes a night at the London Palladium on 4 May 2024 featuring Strictly Come Dancing 2023 semi-finalist Annabel Croft. Book tickets to Kinky Boots The Musical - UK Tour Kinky Boots 2025 Tour Dates See Kinky Boots dates and booking info here 17 - 25 JanuaryLeicester Curve 28 January - 1 FebruaryWoking New Victoria Theatre 4 - 8 FebruaryManchester Palace Theatre 11 - 15 FebruaryGlasgow Kings Theatre 18 - 22 FebruaryEdinburgh Playhouse 25 February -1 MarchTruro Hall for Cornwall 4 - 8 MarchNorwich Theatre Royal 11 - 15 MarchMilton Keynes Theatre 18 - 22 MarchCardiff Wales Millennium Centre 25 - 29 MarchBrighton Theatre Royal 15 - 19 AprilBirmingham Hippodrome 22 - 26 AprilPlymouth Theatre Royal 29 April - 3 MayStockton Globe 6 - 10 MayNewcastle Theatre Royal 13 - 17 MayBristol Hippodrome 20 - 24 MayLeeds Grand Theatre 27 - 31 MaySouthampton Mayflower Theatre 3 - 7 JuneSouthend Cliffs Pavilion 10 - 14 JuneCanterbury Marlowe Theatre Belfast Grand Opera Housewww.goh.co.uk 24 - 28 JuneSheffield Lyceum Theatre 1- 5 JulyNottingham Theatre Royal 8 - 12 JulyLiverpool Empire Theatre 15 - 19 JulyDublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre 22 - 26 JulyOxford New Theatre

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