The 1980s was a decade packed full of feel-good musical movies, such as Footloose, Fame, and Flashdance, however, only one of them features a scene so memorable and iconic as Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey above his head in Dirty Dancing.
Dirty Dancing is quite rightfully recognised as a classic musical film that captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the globe as they fell in love and identified with 'Baby' and Johnny's whirlwind summer romance at summer camp. Now, once again and live on stage you can get to once again have the 'time of your life' as Dirty Dancing returns to the London stage at the Dominion Theatre from February 2022.
Dirty Dancing has had several successful outings in the West End and now returns for a limited 10 week engagement due to strong demand giving theatergoers once again the opportunity to imagine they are visiting Kellerman's for summer camp.
So why should you go to see Dirty Dancing? Here’s our guide to the West End's most eagerly anticipated revival this spring.
What is the story of Dirty Dancing about?
The musical follows the same plot as the 1980s Dirty Dancing movie. The Houseman family are heading to summer camp at Kellerman's in upstate New York. Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, their 17 year old teenage daughter, is initially unenthused by the selection of activities on offer, but everything changes when she meets Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor, and falls head over heels for him. During the course of the summer, Baby and Johnny strike up a romance, but can the pair make their fledgling relationship work both on and off the dancefloor?
When did Dirty Dancing premiere?
The iconic 1980s movie, Dirty Dancing first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12th, 1987, ahead of a cinema release in the USA on 21 August 21st the same year. The stage production of the movie did not premiere until 2004.
The musical version of Dirty Dancing began performances at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End on October 23rd. 2006, where it had a successful run for nearly five years and then returned once again two years later with a limited engagement that ran at the Piccadilly Theatre from July 13th. 2013 to February 22nd. 2014.
Who wrote Dirty Dancing?
Both the Dirty Dancing movie and the musical were written by Eleanor Bergstein whose earlier credits include the 1980s rom-com 'It’s My Turn', starring Michael Douglas. During the filming of 'It's My Turn', an erotic dance scene was cut out of the script, which angered Bergstein to the extent that it sparked the initial idea for a new movie that would eventually become the worldwide smash-hit - Dirty Dancing.
Who appears in the London cast of Dirty Dancing?
The West End cast of Dirty Dancing cast will be announced in due course. Please check our website regularly for updates and all of the latest information about the London production of Dirty Dancing.
What songs feature in Dirty Dancing?
Dirty Dancing is packed full of classic 1980s singalong tracks;
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
""Be My Baby"
"She's Like the Wind"
"You Don't Own Me"
"Love Is Strange"
"Where Are You Tonight?"
"In the Still of the Night"
Which London theatre is Dirty Dancing playing at?
Dirty Dancing will play at the Dominion Theatre for the duration of its latest revival. The venue is one of the West End’s largest theatres offering both comfort and value to theatergoers in the capital.
How long does Dirty Dancing last?
The show has a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, which includes a 20-minute interval.
Is the Dirty Dancing musical exactly the same as the Dirty Dancing movie?
Both the Dirty Dancing movie and stage musical follow the same plot and feature the same songs and music. It's a musical packed full of nostalgia and fun, so, if you’re a fan of the Dirty Dancing movie, you definitely won't want to miss the opportunity to book tickets to see Dirty Dancing live on stage.
More fun facts about Dirty Dancing
The most famous and arguably stand-out song from Dirty Dancing is "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" but did you know that the song actually won Dirty Dancing an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award?
When the movie version of Dirty Dancing was released, movie executives thought that it would fail to recoup its initial investment. They could not have been more wrong, as Dirty Dancing made $10 million in the first 10 days, and has since become a worldwide success and has sold over 10 million DVDs.
When it first went on sale, Dirty Dancing's premiere in London became the fastest-selling West End musical ever.
How do I book tickets for Dirty Dancing in London?
Performances of Dirty Dancing will be at the Dominion Theatre from February 2nd until to April 16th. Tickets to Dirty Dancing in London are now on sale securely online.