Casting announced for Baz Lurhmann’s Strictly Ballroom

Gemma Sutton and American Sam Lips have been cast in the UK premiere of Strictly Ballroom.

Sutton is currently appearing in the West End production of The Go-Between with Michael Crawford and previously played both daughter roles in the award winning production of Gypsy with Imelda Staunton at the Savoy Theatre.

Lips makes his UK debut having played starring roles in the Broadway productions of Pippin and Wicked.

Joining Sutton and Lips will be Tamsin Carroll, Stephen Matthews, Julius D’Silva, Richard Grieve, Eve Polycarpou, Charlotte Gooch, Lauren Stroud, Jade Albertsen, Liam Marcellino, Gary Watson, Michelle Bishop, Richard Dempsey, and Zak Nemorin.

The cast is completed by Courtney-Mae Briggs, Javier Cid, Selina Hamilton, Luke Jackson, Rebecca Lisewiki, Lindsay McAllister, Freya Rowley, Javier Santo, Alexzandra Sarmiento and Dale White.

Based on Lurhmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom, the UK production will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. Audience’s who saw the recent Australian production two years ago will see a very different show as the book has received extensive re-writes, songs have been added and McOnie will have his own choreography.

Drew McOnie said: “I am incredibly excited about the dynamic and diverse company we have carefully put together to create Strictly Ballroom. Our international company is hugely talented and I can’t wait to introduce them to audiences.”

Strictly Ballroom will open at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 30 November 2016 and if successful will transfer into the West End.


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📷 Main photo: Gemma Sutton in rehearsal for The Go-Between

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