Kiss Me Quickstep - New Wolsey Theatre

Kiss Me Quickstep

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A sequin-studded warm-hearted ballroom drama

Three young couples are striving for glory on the competitive dance circuit - having finally made it to Blackpool's National Amateur Championships via the motorway hard shoulder.

But there's pain and heartbreak beneath the dazzling glitter ball when you're dancing to other people's tunes and hiding secrets.‎ And with the world at your feet, it only takes one false step...

This bittersweet comedy reveals the backstage stories behind the fabulous frocks, fixed smiles and fake tan, looking at the real lives of those for whom dancing is everything.

Please note that we have an exciting new seating plan for Kiss Me Quickstep with an additional bank of seats behind the stage. This show will be performed in the round, with actors performing to all sides. If you have any questions about this seating plan please speak to one of our ticket sales assistants on 01473 295900.

Cast & Creatives

Abigail Middleton — Nancy

Theatre: Peter Pan (St Helens Theatre Royal); Wondertown (The Bohemians, The Ugly Duck); The Teeth of Haros (Greenside), The Return of Neverland (Prince of Wales Theatre Cannock), Aladdin and Peter Pan (Liverpool Empire); Our Day Out the Musical (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool).

Television: The Evermoor Chronicles (Disney Channel).

Training: Rose Bruford College with a BA(hons) in Actor Musicianship

Credits whilst training include: The Balladeer in Assassins (Stratford Circus); Loosha and Avdotya in Children of the Sun and Gonzola in The Tempest (Rose Bruford College).

Adrian Klein — Luka

Theatre: Memorial (Barbican Theatre); Revolutionary (Tou Scene, Norway); A Polish Cavalcade (Polish Embassy, London); The Eumenides (Ancient Messene Festival, Greece); Variété (Riverside Studios); The Ecstasy And The Ecstasy (RADA); The Wild Duck (RADA); Mother Courage and her Children (RADA); The Revenger’s Tragedy (RADA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RADA); Woyzeck (RADA).

Film: Our Kind Of Traitor; The Hippopotamus; La Petite Folie.

Director & Choreographer: Pinot! The Musical (Southend Palace/New Wimbledon Theatre).

Training: Adrian trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Vicki Lee Taylor — Jodie

Theatre: Matilda (West End); Cinderella (London Palladium); Groundhog Day (Old Vic Theatre); Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd (ENO/London Coliseum); Urinetown (West End); Hairspray (Leicester Curve); On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Best Female Offie Finalist, Union Theatre); Letters to Myself (Tristan Bates); Annie! (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Betwixt! (Trafalgar Studios); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Stepping Out (Oldham Coliseum); The Witches of Eastwick (UK tour); The Young Ones (Ovation Productions); Guys & Dolls (UK tour); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour); Mamma Mia! (West End & international tour); The Famous Five (UK tour); Listen to the Wind (King’s Head, cast album recorded at Abbey Road Studios); Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays.

 Television: The Queen’s Nose (BBC); Big Meg, Little Meg (Granada); Star for a Night (BBC/MBC); Heartbeat (YTV); If… (BBC); Emmerdale (YTV).  She also co-presented ‘Sooty’ for 3 years on CITV.

 Maggie in the West End Revival of A Chorus Line (London Palladium, Best Ensemble WhatsOnStage Awards) and received Best Supporting Female at the Offie Awards for Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel (Arcola, Best Featured Actress Nomination BroadwayWorld UK Awards).

Garry Robson — Mick

Theatre: White Christmas (Leicester Curve); Pericles (The National Theatres); Our Country’s Good (Nottingham Playhouse & touring); Blanche & Butch (Birds of Paradise); Mother Courage (Tron); The Who’s Tommy (New Wolsey & touring); Edmund the Learned Pig (Royal Exchange); Reasons to be Cheerful (Stratford East & touring); The Threepenny Opera (Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The New Wolsey Ipswich & touring); Pinocchio (Stratford East); Raspberry (Tron, Oval House); The Last Freakshow (Graeae, Fittings); Sea Changes and Stepping Stones (Interplay); Grimm (The Royal Court).

Television: Pitching In (BBC Wales); Silent Witness; The Bill, Casualty; Footsteps in the Snow.

Garry is also Artistic Director of Fittings Multimedia Arts.

David Birch — Justin

Theatre: Matilda The Musical(Cambridge Theatre); Half A Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre); Groundhog Day (Old Vic Theatre); Barnum (UK Tour); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Dury Lane); Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre); Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Goran UK Tour); Mary Poppins (UK Tour); 42nd Street (UK Tour); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour and Haymarket Theatre); Jungle Book (Worthing Pavilion); The Young Ones on Summer Holiday (Worthing Pavilion); Peter Pan (Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone); Jason And The Argonaught.

Film: London Road; Sylvia.

Workshops: Frozen; David Walliams Musical; A Foreign Field, Poppies; Matilda; Groundhog Day.

Training: Bodywork, Cambridge Performing Arts, National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Michelle Bishop — Samantha

 Theatre: Strictly Ballroom the Musical (Piccadilly Theatre); Sunset

Boulevard (Coliseum/ENO); The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Waterloo East Theatre); Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic); Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud Theatre); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre); Fame (Shaftesbury Theatre) ; Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs (Victoria Palace); Top Hat (Kilworth House Theatre); Strictly Ballroom The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Monkee Business (UK Tour); Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre); Footloose (UK Tour); The Wedding Singer (UK Tour); Grease (UK Tour); Jus Like That (UK Tour); Seasonal Sauce (Watermill Theatre); Singin' In The Rain (Paris), Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Toronto); Saturday Night Fever (South Korea/ Taipei); Ultimate Broadway (China)

Television: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); Galavant (ABC); The Royal Variety Performance (BBC)

Film: Mrs Henderson Presents (BBC Films)

Training: Laine Theatre Arts.

Joshua Lay — Lee

Theatre: Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera); Top Hat (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Funny Girl The Musical (UK Tour); 42nd Street (Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House); Singin In The Rain (Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris); Singin In The Rain (Cork Opera House); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre, London); Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre, London); Street of Dreams (Manchester MEN); Crazy For You (Novello Theatre, London); She Loves Me (Chichester Festival); La Bohème (Soho Theatre); Lend me a Tenor the Musical (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall).

Television: Funny Girl The Musical on Sky Arts, The X Factor (Final 2018), The Royal Variety Show, The Paul O'Grady Show, Children In Need, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, BBC Proms

Reviews of Kiss Me Quickstep

What the press say

'A captivating evening of discovery offering us a human tale of relationships, ambition and personal discovery, laced with humour and drama – and plenty of glitz and dancing.'

East Anglian Daily Times

‘It’s as if the theatre has forgotten to put up a curtain and the audience is peering into the rooms backstage. The cast performs so smoothly it just feels natural.’

Musical Theatre Review

‘Ingeniously staged, bittersweet exploration of the amateur ballroom scene’

The Stage

What the public say

brilliant show - terrific dancing - seemed effortless.

Ann Richards

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