Karl Sydow, producer of the smash hit show Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage today said, 'Having hit an all-time record for an advance on a production in the West End - £15,000,000 - we are delighted to announce that we are now about to sell our millionth ticket on the first ever UK tour of the show. This means we’ll have taken over £40,000,000 after only 18 months on the road; an amazing achievement in the midst of a recession in the UK. This ticket will be purchased on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at one of our forthcoming tour venues in the UK or Ireland.'
To celebrate this, the producers are holding a special prize draw: any patron purchasing a ticket on 10 April at any venue on the forthcoming tour will be entered into a draw to win a luxury VIP experience to enjoy alongside their trip, including a hotel stay, dinner, interval drinks and a meet and greet with the cast.
Since opening in September 2011, the first ever UK tour has taken an unprecedented £40,000,000 at theatres across the country, wowing audiences and playing to standing ovations and 5 star reviews. It has also smashed box office records in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dublin, Leeds and has just finished its run at the Regent’s Theatre in Stoke-On-Trent, where it was the most successful show at the venue ever.
The tour will visit Canterbury, Woking and Manchester in 2013 and then a new tour will launch at the Bristol Hippodrome in March 2014, before setting pulses racing in Sheffield, Newcastle, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Oxford, with further dates to be announced in September.
Written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features all the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film with exciting extra scenes added in.
The tantalising dance sequences and brand new choreography come alive on stage, set to all the hits from the unforgettable soundtrack, including Do You Love Me?, Hungry Eyes and the Academy Award Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, plus many additional songs, making the show a truly extraordinary live experience.
Over six million people worldwide have now seen this sensational production, with the London show alone having been seen by over one million audience members. Having opened in London in 2006, Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage was sold out six months in advance. The show played for five triumphant years at the Aldwych Theatre, breaking all box office records with advance ticket sales of over £15 million, which made it the fastest ever selling West End show.