5 reasons why you need to see Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre
A vibrant display of sights and sounds in a tribute to the swinging sixties, Rip it Up is one of the newest jukebox productions to send West End audiences into a frenzy. The combination of Strictly Come Dancing stars and music from the decade has ensured that the 1960s is brought right into the 21st century, as audiences dance the night away. It’s a non-stop extravaganza of all things that the decade has to offer, so don’t miss your chance to catch one of the West End’s boldest dance shows before it closes.
Rip it Up at the Garrick Theatre
It’s got famous faces from Strictly Come Dancing
After finding their dancing feet to get their hands on the glitterball, four of the programme’s best male celebrities team up to star in Rip it Up. Three past winners (Louis Smith, Harry Judd and Jay McGuiness) and a Christmas special winner (Aston Merrygold) lead the impeccable dancing showcase. Each bringing their talents away from the dancefloor including an Olympic medal-winning display on a pommel horse by Louis Smith, Harry Judd showcasing his drumming ability and Aston Merrygold’s smooth covers of chart-topping smash hits, you’ll experience all that the decade has to offer and fall under the spell of the Strictly boys doing what they do best.
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See the swinging dance crazes of the decade and all the Strictly moves
You’ll be able to watch the cast in a two hour show that’s bursting with dance, gymnastics and acrobatics and see how the cast don’t break a sweat! Choreographed by Gareth Walker who also directs the production, the show is full of life that packs hip-hop moves with the biggest dance crazes of the decade to songs including “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles. If you’re looking for a production that fuses generations old moves with present-day attitude, then Rip it Up has this in bucketloads.
You’ll be able to sing along to every song
Throughout each scene, you’ll see how teenagers, adults and older generations lived on both sides of the pond during these incredible years. Hear the sounds of the decade come to life, as songs by Dusty Springfield, The Who and The Beach Boys and plenty more are expertly sung by vocalists, with the Strictly foursome even taking to the mic. A whistle-stop tour through the decade, Rip it Up doesn’t miss a musical beat, packed with West End pizazz and 1960s heart.
Hear from the biggest stars of the decade
Watch famous faces talk about living through the decade on screen, from British icon Lulu to Motown legend Dionne Warwick. As videos link scenes and dances together, Rip it Up is your one-stop shop of all things 1960s. When the whole company’s on stage, the energy at the Garrick Theatre will make you feel as if you’re at a concert!
The overall experience will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time
Cast members encouraging the audience to get up on their feet, dance all night long and sing along to the finale number means there’s no West End experience quite like Rip it Up. With interviews between the Strictly boys interspersed throughout, as well as the cast walking out into the auditorium and even propose to lucky audience members amongst the crowd, the production offers theatregoers the chance to find out more about what makes the cast members tick. Once the curtains come down for the final time, you’ll leave the theatre and want to stay in the 1960s forever!