Matt Cardle will join the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical later this month when he assumes the role of bandleader Wally Strand currently played by Will Young.
The 2010 X-Factor winner and best-selling recording artist made his West End debut in 2015 playing Huey Calhoun opposite Beverley Knight in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Cardle said “I’m so excited to be returning to the West End. It’s so rare that a role comes around that you can put so much of your own stamp on. I have seen the show and it’s absolutely incredible. To have the opportunity to sing all these huge songs every night is a real honour.”
The show features over 30 classic hits including Time After Time, Let’s Dance, I’m So Excited, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Sway (Quien Sera), Mambo No. 5, Dancing With Myself, Sugar Sugar, It’s the End of the World as We Know It, Teardrops, and Love is in the Air.
Based on Baz Luhrmann iconic film, Strictly Ballroom tells the story of a talented, yet arrogant, young ballroom dancer who defies tradition and dares to dance to his own steps. When he teams up with inexperienced dancer Fran, together they find the courage to defy tradition with moves that aren’t “strictly ballroom”…
Jonny Labey (EastEnders) and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies) continue in their lead roles as Scott and Fran, alongside Anna Francolini (Peter Pan, wonder.land) as Scott’s mother Shirley Hastings, Richard Grieve (Neighbours, Emmerdale and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Les Kendall and Gerard Horan (The Ferryman, The Vote) as Barry Fife.
Matt Cardle joins the cast from 31 July 2018.
Strictly Ballroom is booking until 20 October 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre, London