Full casting has been announced for the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s sequin studded co-production of Amanda Whittington’s ballroom drama, Kiss Me Quickstep. The production will run at the Ipswich based venue from Wed 13 – Sat 23 Mar, following its run in Hornchurch from 22 Feb – 9 Mar, and then will tour to Theatr Clwyd (26 – 30 Mar).
The cast includes David Birch (Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre), Michelle Bishop (Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum), Adrian Klein (Memorial, Barbican Theatre), Joshua Lay (Funny Girl, UK Tour), Abigail Middleton (Wondertown, The Bohemians), Garry Robson (The Who’s Tommy, Ramps on the Moon) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Carousel, Arcola Theatre). They will be joined by a community chorus of 8 ballroom dancers.
Kiss Me Quickstep will be directed by Kirstie Davis, with design by Jess Curtis, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.
Audiences will be able to fully immerse themselves into the dazzling world of ballroom dancing thanks to the intimate nature of the production’s staging; there will be an additional bank of seats behind the stage. This show will be performed in the round with actors performing to all sides.
Writer Amanda Whittington says, ‘The show pulls back the glitter curtain on competitive dance, revealing what it takes to make a ballroom champion, on and off the floor. I can’t wait to see the new production hot-footing across the country…’
Audio description via a headset will be available at every performance of Kiss Me Quickstep, with a British Sign Language Interpreted and Captioned Performance taking place on Fri 22 Mar, 7:45pm and a Dementia-Friendly and Relaxed Performance taking place on Thu 21 Mar, 1.30pm.
This co-production between the New Wolsey Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch follows a number of successful collaborations including Once, Rope, The Ladykillers, Worst Wedding Ever and Made in Dagenham.