‘Has the audience on their feet’
‘You leave feeling like you can change the world’
Manchester Evening News
About The Show
Kick off your Sunday shoes and cut loose as the explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation Footloose bursts on to the UK stage in a remastered show sure to get your toes tapping. Based on the 1980s hit film that took the world by storm, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance.
City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, an American rural backwater. But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. It isn’t long before Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone.
Enjoy the best in UK musical talent, cutting-edge choreography and classic hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.
Produced by the Award Winning Team at Sell A Door Theatre Company – Producers of Avenue Q and American Idiot
“The happiest most electrifying hit show – go now” – Sky News
“**** It’s a blast” – Metro
“Sensational” – The Sun
Fri 29 Jan – Sat 6 Feb
Mon 8 – Sat 13 Feb
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Tue 16 – Sat 20 Feb
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Mon 22 – Sat 27 Feb
Cardiff New Theatre
Mon 29 Feb – Sat 5 Mar
Mon 14 – Sat 19 Mar
Carlisle Sands Theatre
Mon 21 – Sat 26 Mar
Portsmouth Kings Theatre
Mon 28 – Sat 2 Apr
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Mon 4 – Sat 9 Apr
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Apr
Oxford New Theatre
Mon 18 – Sat 23 Apr
Weston Super Mare Playhouse
Mon 25 – Sat 30 Apr
New Wimbledon Theatre London
Mon 2 – Sat 7 May
Mon 9 – Sat 14 May
Belfast Grand Opera House
Tue 24 May – Sat 28 May
Millennium Forum, Derry
Mon 31 May – Sat 4 Jun
Torquay Princess Theatre
Tue 7 – Sat 11 Jun
Mon 13 – Sat 18 Jun
Mon 20 – Sat 25 Jun
The Alhambra Theatre
Tues 28 Jun – Sat 2 Jul
Monday 4 – Sat 9 Jul
Newcastle Tyne Theatre
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Jul
New Victoria Theatre
Mon 18 – Sat 23 Jul
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Mon 25 – 30 Jul
Mon 1 – Sat 6 Aug
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Wed 10 – Sat 27 Aug
Mon 29 Aug – Sat 3 Sep
Mon 12 – Sat 17 Sept
Blackpool Opera House
Mon 19 – Sat 24 Sept
Tue 27 Sep – Sat 1 Sept
Ipswich Regent Theatre
Mon 3 – Sat 8 Oct
Tues 11 – Sat 15 Oct
Milton Keynes Theatre
Mon 17 – Sat 22 Oct
Gareth Gates will be performing between 29th Jan – 16th April, 20th June – 10th August then from 22nd August onwards. Maureen Nolan will be performing throughout the tour.
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Vi Moore/ Principal Clark
David J Higgins
Rev. Shaw Moore
Ethel McCormack / Betty/ Coach Dunbar
Rusty/2nd cover Ariel
Chuck/1st cover Cowboy (split track)
Wendy-Jo/1st cover Ariel/2nd cover Rusty
Urleen/1st cover Rusty
Bickie & Cowboy/2nd cover Willard
Onstage Swing 1/1st cover Vi, Principal/1st cover Ethel, Coach, Betty/Resident Director
Onstage Swing 2/2nd cover Vi, Principal/2nd cover Ethel, Coach, Betty
Onstage Swing 1/1st cover Willard
Onstage Swing 2/1st cover Rev 1st cover Chuck/2nd cover Cowboy
Original Screenplay & Lyrics
Sell A Door Theatre Company
Stephen McGill Productions
Matthew Cundy Productions
Damien Tracey Productions
Lee will be performing in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow From 18 April – 18 June
Lee was born in Carlisle on 27th September 1973. Growing up he always wanted to perform. His first thoughts of stardom were wanting to perform magic tricks like his then hero, famous magician Paul Daniels. Lee would perform his magic tricks in front of anyone who would watch him as he dreamed of stardom!
In 1982, 9 year old Lee was diagnosed with cancer, Hodgkin’s Lyphoma. Lee received gruelling chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Lee’s hair fell out due to the aggressive treatment he was receiving.
Lee was back to full health by the time he was 11 & it was then that he decided he wanted to be a professional snooker & footballer player! In 1985 Lee won a place on Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton’s Soccer School of Excellence after beating the rest of his secondary school in a keepy-up competition!
Lee’s first taste of TV came when he was chosen to appear on ITV children’s TV show ‘Get Fresh’ where he played snooker with professional player John Parrot & dressed up in a space suit!
Unfortunately just before Lee’s 15th birthday he was once again diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Lee didn’t get back to full fitness for 18 months & realised that his chances of turning pro as a footballer had gone. He left school & went straight into his first job as a YTS sign maker with Digital Signs in Carlisle. Although he loved being a sign maker Lee always knew he wanted to do something out of the norm & was already thinking about how he could get his break as a Popstar!
He was always singing around the house & loved Wet Wet Wet who were his favourite pop act at the time. Lee used to listen to Bros & New Kids on The Block.
Lee went from being a sign maker to working at Laser Quest then quickly on to ten pin bowling centre Hollywood Bowl.
One night at home in Carlisle, Lee decided to write a letter to his local radio station CFM. In the letter Lee asked if there was any way they could help him to perform on one of their road shows or if they knew any bands looking for a singer. The next day Lee went to the radio station & passed his letter with a photograph of himself to the receptionist & asked her to pass it on to the boss.
Daryl Thomas who was commercial manager of CFM at the time received Lee’s letter & at the time knew a Glasgow promoter called Steve Gilmour who used to put on gigs for the likes of Boyzone in Scotland. Daryl faxed Lee’s letter & picture to Steve. The very next day, Lee would receive the phone call which would end up changing the rest of life! Steve invited Lee to up Glasgow & after a second meeting Lee also met Spike & Jimmy & instantly there was a chemistry & the rest is history!
911 were one of the biggest pop acts of the 90’s, the decade when boy and girl bands ruled the music world! Lee, Spike & Jimmy were well known for their amazing stage shows & jaw dropping dance routines and of course not forgetting their massive pop tunes like ‘Bodyshakin’, ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘Day We Find Love’, ‘Party People’, The Journey etc…. The three lads appeared on the front cover of every teenage magazine and became pop pin ups for thousands of young girls around the world during their 5 years together in which they achieved huge success.
911 were one of only five acts in the 90’s to achieve ten consecutive UK Top Ten Hit Singles, eight of which were Top Five Hits and included their platinum selling Number One single ‘A Little Bit More’. 911 sold over 10 million records around the world & toured the UK four times including performing at the likes of Wembley Arena & Manchester’s MEN Arena during two sell out arena tours in 1998 & 1999 and played to 70,000 fans in Singapore on their tour of Asia.
‘Spike’ Dawbarn & Jimmy Constable first met each other whilst working as dancers on cult TV show ‘The Hitman and Her’ in the early 90’s. In 1995 Spike & Jimmy who by then had already built up a strong teen following of their own decided to form a boy band and recruited third member Lee Brennan after he was recommended to them by their Scottish manager Steve Gilmour – 911 was born!
The lads based themselves in Glasgow and it was there that their journey to the top of charts would begin! They embarked on a massive tour of Schools & under 18 clubs in Scotland and the rest of the UK to build up their growing army of teenage followers and were fast becoming crowd favourites on road shows during the Summer of 1995.
In April 1996 after being unable to secure a major record deal Lee, Spike & Jimmy along with their management team ‘Backlash’ decided to form their own record label called ‘Ginga Records’. ‘Night To Remember’ became the bands first independent single release and debuted at Number 38 in the UK charts. Their second single ‘Love Sensation’ which was on the sound track to Casper the movie followed in July ‘96’ and did even better entering at Number 21!
The success of 911’s two independent single releases created such a buzz in the UK pop industry that on 27th September 1996 music giants Virgin Records signed Lee, Spike & Jimmy on a four album deal! 911’s first release under Virgin brought them their first Top Ten Hit with ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ which smashed into the charts at Number 10!
911’s first album ‘The Journey’ was a huge success in the UK, Europe & Asia in 1996 and released six singles from the record. The lads had finally made their mark in the world of pop!
The next two albums ‘Movin On’ & ‘There It Is’ followed in quick succession giving the lads more Top 5 hits including ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘All I Want Is You’ & ‘Private Number’. 911 headlined their first arena tour and also the legendary Smash Hits Tour at the end of 1998 which would also see them go through a change of management team. In January 1999 Lee, Spike & Jimmy had one of their biggest selling hits and celebrated their first UK Number One!
September 1999 would see 911 release their 13th and final single ‘Wonderland’ along with their Greatest Hits & ‘A Little Bit More’ album. A song which Lee co-wrote for 911’s Greatest Hits album called ‘I Swear’ failed to make the cut. Instead, Lee would end up having a massive Number One Hit with the song as ‘I Swear’ was re-named ‘If You Come Back’ which R’n’B boyband Blue release and it became one of their biggest selling singles!
911 completed their arena tour in October 99 then in January 2000 the lads toured Asia to sell out audiences and became one of the first Western pop acts to perform sell out shows in China since Wham back in the 80’s.
On 26th February 2000 Lee, Spike & Jimmy decided to go their separate ways and announced their split live on the Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio One.
In Jan 2013 Lee, Spike & Jimmy would be launched back on to our tv screens when ITV2’s huge smash hit fly on the wall documentary ‘The Big Reunion’ aired & revealed what life was really like to be part of a pop band with all the ups & downs. The tv show ended up being ITV2’s biggest debut show for 7 years with 2 million viewers a week glued to all the bands stories. ‘The Big Reunion’ went on tour & Lee & the lads performed to over 200,000 people during two huge arena tours with Five, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X.
March 2014 would see the lads take to the road & complete their own 15 date headline tour, Illuminate The Hits & More. Also that month ‘The Big Reunion’, which by now had finished their 2nd series with new bands had announced that series 1 & 2 boybands including 911, Blue, Five, Damage, 3T, A1 & newly formed band 5th Story would be going on a 13 date Arena tour in Oct 2014.
2015 saw Lee & his band mates celebrate 20 years of 911. As well as performing pa’s around the UK & Europe in 2015. 911 completed their 8 date UK Journey 20 Tour in October before Lee went straight into Panto in Leeds playing the lead role of Aladdin for 65 shows.
Stephen McGill Productions
Stephen McGill formed his own production company in early 2012 after working as co-producer for Poppy Productions Ltd since 2010. He has previously worked on the worldwide productions of MAMMA MIA! as well as the London productions of BILLY ELLIOT and JERSEY BOYS.
He has recently co-produced the West End run of the Green Day Musical AMERICAN IDIOT at The Arts Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre’s West End transfer of THE PAJAMA GAME at The Shaftesbury Theatre and THE LAST OF THE DE MULLINS at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Recent productions include: FACING EAST: IN CONCERT (Lyric Theatre), THE TAILOR-MADE MAN (Arts Theatre), AN INCIDENT AT THE BORDER (Trafalgar Studios).
Other productions include: PUSHING UP POPPIES, (Theatre503 and Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh) THE LOST CHRISTMAS, (Waterloo East Theatre) IN THE ACT; (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and OUR BOYS (rehearsed reading, Prince Of Wales Theatre).
Stephen attended the Stage One Workshop for new producers and is a recent recipient of the Stage One Start Up Fund.
Damien Tracey Productions
Started in 2013 by Damien Tracey, the company has to date produced three World Premieres.
Previous Uk producing credits include: Asking Rembrandt (Old Red Lion Theatre), Warde Street (Park Theatre, Nominated for Three Off West End Awards including Best New Play), Faster Higher Stronger Straighter (Dominion Theatre Studio), Warde Street (Tristan Bates).
Other producing credits include: Son Of Derry (Cork Arts Theatre) Roddy Doyle’s Brownbread (Firkin Crane Theatre) Why I didn’t Kill Myself, A Comedy (Cork Arts Theatre).
Matthew Cundy Productions
Matthew Cundy Productions is a commercial theatre producing company whose focus is both on supporting exciting new writing and producing innovative and re-imagined revivals. Previous credits include USHERS: The Front of House Musical (2015) both at Momentum Venues for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the ARTS Theatre, West End.
Previously, Matthew has worked with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder as Production Manager for the orchestra’s opera performances at The Bridgewater Hall. He has also worked as General Manager of Birmingham Festival Orchestra and co-formed and managed Hampshire Sinfonia.
Jason founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.
For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE). Jason is presently developing a new teen television drama for an Australian broadcaster.
Theatre (tour): Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope, Tomorrow Morning, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Snoopy the Musical, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Steamie, Guess How much I love You?, The Wedding Singer, West End Men, Fame – the Musical (Eire), Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Never Forget and Footloose – the Musical.
Theatre (West End): Life Coach, Wolfboy, Footloose – the Musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol, Third Floor, Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre, Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall, The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards (since 2007), Never Forget –The Take That Musical, West End Men, Yes Prime Minister (Theatregoer Award – Best New Comedy), The Ladykillers (4 Olivier nominations) and the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.
Theatre (USA): Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and her White Night, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Los Angeles with Lythgoe Family Productions each Christmas.
Thomas is an actor from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and a graduate from the BA Musical Theatre course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Upon graduating he took on the mammoth task of various plays as part of the Dundee Rep season. Most recently he played Owen in “Not About Heroes” at the Eden Court Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Freakshow at The Actors Church, Covent Garden and Camden Roundhouse. Sleeping Beauty at the Citizens Theatre. King John at the Oran Mor, and Creatures of the New Domain at On The Verge festival. Thomas will be appearing in Loserville at the Union Theatre over Christmas before joining the Footloose team at the start of a very exciting year.