Pro Dance News: Giovanni Pernice will miss the Strictly arena tour for the second year in a row

Dincwear Dancewear Pro Dance News 27th March 2023

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Giovanni Pernice announces big news.

Giovanni Pernice announces big news

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has announced that he’ll miss the show’s arena tour again next year – after not appearing this year either. The BBC pro is instead embarking on a huge solo tour, spanning more than 60 shows between January and April next year.

He’s not on the tour this year – which is taking place at the moment – due to another solo tour, called Made In Italy. Next year’s tour is called Let Me Entertain You, and tickets have just gone on sale.

He posted the news on Instagram and a question from a fan confirmed the news. Someone using the name @flowers_at_the_barn asked: “What if you win strictly? Will you not be going on the strictly tour?” To which Giovanni replied: “Nope !!”

Giovanni’s Let Me Entertain You tour is described as an “unforgettable experience”. The Strictly star is joined on stage by “world class” dancers and West End performers, and fans are promised “a show of non-stop action – prepare to be entertained”.


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces casting for new UK tour.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces casting for new UK tour.

Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios award-winning film, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces initial casting for its second UK tour.

The cast includes Ivano Turco (Get Up, Stand Up!, Cinderella) as Jamie New, Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie West End, Dear Evan Hansen, We Will Rock You, Les Misérables) as Margaret New, Shobna Gulati (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie West End and Film, Coronation Street, Brassic) as Ray, Talia Palamathanan (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Tour and film) as Pritti, with John Partridge (Eastenders, The View Upstairs, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, A Chorus Line, CATS) as Hugo/Loco. Further casting to be announced.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

This ‘Funny, outrageous, touching’ (Daily Telegraph) musical sensation is to be experienced by all the family and not to be missed! Set to an original score of catchy pop tunes that will ‘blow the roof off the theatre’ (Mail on Sunday) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who).

The tour visits Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October 2023 and Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January 2024.


Stranger Things stage show announces West End dates and ticket details.

Stranger Things stage show announces West End dates and ticket details..

Dates and ticket details have been confirmed for the stage adaptation of hit Netflix TV series Stranger Things, which is set to open in the West End later this year.

Unlike the TV series, which grounds itself in 1980s pop culture, the stage production will be set in 1959 with characters including a young Jim Hopper, Joyce Maldonado, Bob Newby and Henry Creel (played respectively by David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Jamie Campbell Bower on screen).

The production teases that the stage production “will take you right back to the beginning of the Stranger Things story – and may hold the key to the end.”

Directed by Stephen Daldry and co-directed by Justin Martin, Stranger Things: The First Shadow is written by Kate Trefry and based on an idea by the Duffer Brothers (who created the original series), Jack Thorne and Trefry.

Announced today, the show will be opening at the Phoenix Theatre in previews on 17 November 2023 – with an official press night on 14 December 2023.

General booking opens on 30 March (with priority booking from 28 March). Tickets can be booked from just £20, with over 500 seats each week at £20 or under. A weekly lottery for late-release tickets will be announced closer to first performance.

It will have set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti, illusions design by Jamie Harrison and Chris Fisher, video design by 59 Productions, movement direction by Coral Messam, wigs, hair and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates, casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG, international casting consultancy by Jim Carnahan, Gary Beestone for Gary Beestone Associates is Technical Director, with further creative team members to be announced.

Performance schedule, full creative team and casting will be announced at a later date.

Produced by Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions, the Duffer Brothers act as creative producers, with 21 Laps as associate producer.


Big Night of Musicals on the BBC iPlayer.

Big Night of Musicals

Recorded last month at the AO Arena in Manchester, the event saw a top tier of musical performances from some of the most exciting classic, new and upcoming productions on UK stages.

Hosted by Jason Manford, the show, which took place last month, features a variety of major musicals presented on an epic scale.

The BBC TV broadcast will now occur on Saturday 25 March, with the 90-minute piece set to feature the full cast of the hit musical Hamilton, who took to the stage for a television exclusive, while Helen George from Call The Midwife will feature in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. Michael Ball’s performance from Aspects of Love will be shown, ahead of the eagerly anticipated West End revival.

The casts of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda, We Will Rock You, Disney’s Newsies, Six, Ain’t Too Proud, Shrek and Mamma Mia! will also be broadcast, while completing the line-up will be Les Misérables, The Bodyguard, and Wicked.

During the arena event, Jason Manford gave some young musical theatre fans the chance of a lifetime by inviting them to join him on stage for a special performance. In addition, there was a star-studded celebration of the career of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a behind-the-scenes look at the touring show Heathers: The Musical.


Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands will tour the UK for the first time since 2014.

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands returns for first time since 2014.

Devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, Edward Scissorhands, will tour the UK for the first time since 2014.

Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences world-wide since its premiere in 2005. Following sell out performances in America, Australia, Korea and Japan and Europe, it had its first major revival in 2014 and now returns to UK theatres for the first time in 9 years.

Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his company, New Adventures return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world. In a castle high on a hill lives Edward; a boy created by an eccentric inventor. When his creator dies, he is left alone and unfinished with only scissors for hands until a kindly townswoman invites him to live with her suburban family. Can Edward find his place in the well-meaning community which struggles to see past his curious appearance to the innocence and gentleness within?


Full cast for Take That musical Greatest Days announced.

Full cast for Take That musical Greatest Days announced.

The full cast for official Take That musical Greatest Days has been announced.

The piece, which features a book by award-winning playwright Tim Firth, is set to embark on a major UK and Ireland tour from 6 May 2023, and will coincide with the release of the official movie version during the summer.

The cast will include Taylor Alman, Charlotte Anne Steen, Holly Ashton, Hannah Brown, Kalifa Burton, Benjamin Cameron, Jamie Corner, Archie Durrant, Regan Gascoigne, Kitty Harris, Bayley Hart, Keith Henderson, Karen Holmes, Christopher D. Hunt, Evangeline Jarvis-Jones, Rachel Marwood, Mari McGinlay, Jamie-Rose Monk, Mary Moore, Alexanda O’Reilly, and Alan Stocks.

They will join the previously announced Kym Marsh as Rachel and her daughter Emilie Cunliffe as Young Rachel.

Greatest Days celebrates the 30th anniversary of Take That’s first-ever UK number 1 single, “Pray”, and features over 15 record-breaking Take That songs alongside a story of five best friends in the 1990s who are obsessed with their favourite boy band. The girls reunite more than 20 years later with a plan to see their heartthrobs one last time.

Originally produced as The Band by David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and Take That, the show first opened at Manchester Opera House in September 2017, breaking box office records along the way.

The show has co-direction by Stacey Haynes and Firth, choreography by Aaron Renfree, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, lighting design by Rob Casey, sound design by Tony Gayle, casting by David Grindrod Burton, musical supervision by John Donovan, and costume supervision by Martin Rodges.

The tour will run from 6 May to 16 September, appearing at venues across the UK and Ireland including the Bromley Churchill Theatre, Manchester Palace Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Woking New Victoria Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Milton Keynes Theatre, Liverpool Empire Theatre, Wolverhampton Grand, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royale, Blackpool Opera House, Glasgow Kings Theatre, and Edinburgh Playhouse.

Tickets for select Greatest Days stops are on sale now.


Andrew Lloyd Webber announces son Nicholas has died aged 43.

Andrew Lloyd Webber announces son Nicholas has died aged 43

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced son and composer Nicholas has died, aged 43, following a battle with gastric cancer. Nicholas Lloyd Webber produced and arranged albums for various artists, including his father, and has worked as a music supervisor on several TV shows and films. He also co-produced and mixed the Cinderella album (penned by his father with David Zippel) for Polydor Records for the stage show’s premiere in 2021.


General News & Sighting

  • In the Budget, the UK government maintained the higher rate of Theatre Tax Relief.
  • Sir Matt Bourne announced that his production of “Edward Scissorhands” will tour the UK for the first time since 2014.
  • Dianne Buswell launched her new book titled “Move Yourself Happy”.
  • “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” announced the lead casting for the UK tour. It will open in Manchester on the 7th of September. The choreography is by Kate Prince.
  • The full cast of Take That’s “Greatest Days” musical was announced. It will embark on a UK tour from the 6th of May. The choreography is by Aaron Renfree.
  • Ariana DeBose announced the dancers for her show at the London Palladium in April. They are: Che Barrett-Davis, Alex Brown, Jo Dyce and Gracie Gledhill. The choreographer is Aaron Renfree.
  • The UK Pantomime Association announced the nominees for the Pantomime Awards 2023. The winners will be revealed on the 11th of April at a ceremony at the Trafalgar Theatre in London.
  • Julianne Hough will replace Tyra Banks as a co-host of the next series of “Dancing With The Stars” in America

      Future Dance Events News

      • “Hadestown” is to open in the West End in 2024. The choreographer is David Neumann.
      • A musical based on the songs produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman called “I Should Be So Lucky” will open in Manchester on the 1st of November.
      • A new musical based on the life and work of Frank Sinatra will open at the Birmingham Rep on the 23rd of September. The director and choreographer is Kathleen Marshall.
      • The lead cast has been unveiled for “We Will Rock You” opening in the West End. It will star Lee Mead and Brenda Edwards.
      • The upcoming “Wicked” tour has announced its lead casting. Laura Pick will play Elphaba. The show will open in Edinburgh on the 7th of December. The choreography is by Wayne Cilento.
      • “Jesus Christ Superstar” will tour the UK in 2023/4 opening in Manchester this September. The choreography is by Drew McOnie.
      • “The Wizard of Oz” will embark on a UK tour at Liverpool Empire on the 13th of December. The choreography is by Shay Barclay.
      • The first headline acts have been announced for this years “Breakin Convention” at Sadlers Wells from the 28th of April until the 1st of May.
      • “Come From Away” has confirmed plans for a new tour beginning in March 2024. The choreography is by Tara Wilkinson and Kirsty Malpas.
      • Christopher Tendai is producing and choreographing “Wonderland In Alice” which will premiere at the Peckham Theatre in London on the 6th of April.
      • Chantry Dance Company will be performing “Ghost Dances” on the 25th & 26th of April at the Guildhall Arts Centre.
      • “Bat Out Of Hell” will play at the Peacock Theatre in London from the 17th of February until the 1st of April. It will then tour the UK, opening in Cornwall on the 25th of September. The choreography has been adapted by Xena Gusthart.
      • “Grease” will return to the Dominion Theatre in the West End from the 2nd of June. The choreography is by Arlene Phillips.
      • The musical version of “Rebecca” will play at the Charing Cross theatre in London on the 4th of September.
      • Cheryl Cole has been cast for “2.22 A Ghost Story” in the West End.

        Auditions & Vacancies

        • The upcoming show “La Bamba”, which is being choreographed by Strictly stars Graziano and Giada, is looking for latin and commercial dancers. The audition is at the Dance Attic Studios in London on the 30th of March from 10.00am – 6.00pm. For more information:
        • Sonia Sabri is looking for Indian dancers for a touring production. For more information, contact:
        • Cirque D’Hiver have an audition on the 12th of April in Paris. For more details, contact:
        • PNP Events is holding auditions for a re-developed version of “The Polar Express Train Ride”. Contact the company for more details.
        • DCD (Dancers Career Development) is looking for an Executive Director. It is a permanent, full time, contract of £60,000pa. The deadline is the 4th of April. See the website for further details.
        • Royal Caribbean is auditioning for its production of “Cats”. Visit for audition details.
        • Butlins is casting for male and female dancers to perform in its shows for 2023. See the website for further details.
        • Bird College is looking for a Musical Theatre tutor to work 3 days a week in September. Contact the College for further details.
        • Thursford Christmas Spectacular is auditioning for dancers on the 19th & 20th of June at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London. To register your interest, go to:
        • The Boury Academy and Studios is looking for dance teachers in Vauxhall. For more information, contact:
        • Burn The Floor is looking for exceptional ballroom dancers. Contact:
        • Propel Dance, a new professional wheelchair dance company in Birmingham, is recruiting a performer who identifies as disabled to join its new 2023 theatre production. For more information, email:
        • Dane Bates has opened applications for his 5 day “Inspiro” contemporary dance programme in Liverpool. For more information, contact Dane on:
        • Platinum Academy in North London is extending its list of guest teachers. To apply, contact:

        Dance Classes

        • Royal Ballet dancer, Mica Bradbury, will be teaching a ballet technique class followed by repertoire from Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella” at the Royal Opera House on the 30th of April (Ages 7 – 10 from 11.00am – 1.15pm and Ages 11 – 16 from 2.00 – 5.00pm). For more information, contact Mica on:
        • Nicolette Whitley is offering a dance class on Thursdays from 6.15 – 7.15pm at the Inner Space in Nelwyn for £7. Reserve your space on:
        • Danni Cash is offering a pop up class on Performance Choreography on the 30th of March from 5.30 – 7.00pm at the Base Dance Studios.
        • Strictly star Johannes Radebe is offering a Heels class at Heaven Nightclub in London on the 7th of June.
        • Danceworks have got Fumi Kaneko, Principle dancer with the Royal Ballet, giving a classical ballet masterclass on the 2nd of April from 2.30 – 4.00pm.
        • Anita Mannings is starting a Contemporary Jazz Class (Int) on Wednesdays from 8.30 – 9.55pm at the Flow Dance Studios in Oval.
        • Kimberly Wyatt is holding an Easter Intensive at her dance academy in Addlestone, Surrey on the 14th of April.
        • Bethany Entwistle is teaching a class each Tuesday from 8.15 – 9.30pm at the Dance House in Leeds.
        • Emma Levene is offering a General Ballet Core and Stretch Contemporary class at Forest Gate Community School on Thursdays from 7.00 – 8.00pm. Email to book:
        • Michael Naylor is teaching a new class on Thursdays at the Base Dance Studios from 2.30 – 4.00pm. Book via the Base app.
        • Alexandre Novelli is offering a Beginners Commercial for Adults class every Tuesday at her Novelli Studios from 6.00 – 7.00pm.
        • Shelley Ann is doing a 2 hour Lyrical / Contemporary & Commercial workshop at the Flash in Welshpool on the 14th of April. To reserve a place:
        • Amy Ireland has a Commercial Tap class at Pineapple Dance Studios in London on Thursdays at 12.15pm and a Contemporary Jazz class at 1.15pm. On Fridays Amy teaches Beginners Tap at 10.15am.
        • Erica Mulkern is hosting an Easter Dance Workshop on the 12th of April from 10.00am – 1.00pm at the Abinitio School of Dance in Brighouse. To book your place, email Erica on:
        • Nafisah Baba is teaching a weekly Lyrical Contemporary Intermediate / Advanced class at Danceworks in London every Tuesday from 8.00 – 9.30pm.
        • Lucy Jane Adcock is teaching a Show Tap class at Base Dance Studios on Wednesdays at 11.30am.
        • Poppy Tremlett is offering an Improvers Choreography class at Base Dance Studios on Tuesdays from 8.30 – 10.00pm.
        • Rachel Bolsworth is teaching an Absolute Beginners Heels class from 7.00 – 8.00pm on Tuesdays and an Improvers Beginners Heels class on Monday from 8.30 – 9.30pm at Pineapple Dance Studios.
        • Hannah Cleeve is giving a Heels Technique class on Wednesdays from 1.00 – 2.30pm each week at the Base Dance Studios.
        • Jazz Dance Rewired will present a 2 day programme of jazz dance theatre at the Place in London on the 27th of May and the 3rd of June.
        • Kamila Zalewska is teaching at the Base Studios in London on Mondays from 4.00 – 5.25pm for intermediate/advanced level. Book on the Base app.

        Film And Video

        • We spotted the following dancers in the new Netflix series “Dance 100”: Ella Goodwin, Devon Young, Erica Stubbs, Crystal Hantig, Sophia Turner, Matthew Miller, Emily Haygarth, Lara Raine, Alanna Kajdi, Prabhleen Oberoi and Ashleigh Honeyghan.
        • We spotted Francesca Hayward in the latest advert for Net – A – Porter.
        • We spotted Rachel Muldoon, Katherine Emuchay, Hannah Veerapen, Grace Durkin and Connor Tidman in ITV’s “Saturday Night Takeaway”. The choreography was by Matt Flint and Stephanie Powell-Baxter.
        • We spotted Honor Roche in ITV’s “The Courtship”.
        • We spotted Alexandre Novelli performing with Zara Larson on “Comic Relief”. The contract was with AMCK.
        • We spotted Broghan Woods dancing for “Bewitched” on “Comic Relief”.

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