Stars of Strictly Come Dancing in the West End
After waltzing and quickstepping their way around the ballroom floor, many of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing have gone on to star in West End productions. Read all about some of the Strictly alumni who have graced the stage in recent years and book your tickets now to see their dancing feet in action at some of London’s biggest musicals.
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After competing in the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Ashley Roberts will make her West End debut in Waitress as Dawn. Best known as one-fifth of the Pussycat Dolls, Roberts currently holds the title as the highest scored contestant to have ever appeared in the competition.
Best known for being one-fifth of British girlband Girls Aloud, Kimberley Walsh competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 and was a finalist in the series. Since the TV show, she has starred in West End productions including Shrek, Elf and is soon to play Susan Lawrence in Big.
Anita Dobson will join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof as Yente. Previous West End credits include Madame Morrible in Wicked, Mama Morton in Chicago and an Olivier Award-nominated performance in Frozen at the National Theatre. She is perhaps best known for playing Angie Watts in Eastenders from 1985 to 1988. Dobson competed for the Strictly glitterball in 2011, making it to week nine of the competition.
Winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, Kara Tointon went on to star in a number of West End plays. The Eastenders actress made her West End debut in 2011 in a revival of Pygmalion, before appearing in Absent Friends the year after. After six years away from London theatre, Tointon will return to star opposite Stephen Mangan in The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Finding fame in British boyband The Wanted, Jay McGuiness went on to star in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015. Paired with Aliona Vilani, the couple made their way to the final and winning the trophy, wowing the public with his twinkle-toed dancing transformation. The year after, McGuiness went on to make his professional theatre debut in Big as Josh Baskin, where he will reprise his performance in the West End premiere of Big at the Dominion Theatre later this year.
Competing in the BBC dancing show last year, Faye Tozer reached the final with professional partner Giovanni Pernice, narrowly missing out to Stacey Dooley who took the crown. However, Tozer impressed the public with her theatrical flair in each dance routine. Prior to Strictly Come Dancing, Tozer appeared in productions of Tell Me on a Sunday and The Tailor-Made Man. In May, Tozer will return to the West End to star as Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie alongside Bianca Del Rio as Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
In 2016, Danny Mac stunned audiences every week with his dancing ability on Strictly, paired with Oti Mabuse. Making his way to the final with ease, he was beaten by Ore Oduba to the title, but Mac has enjoyed a glittering theatrical career ever since. In recent years, he has starred in productions of Sunset Boulevard and On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and will soon appear in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre.
Competing in the same season as Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp also made her way to the 2016 final of Strictly Come Dancing, stunning the viewing public with her masterful ability to perform musical theatre inspired choreography. Since appearing in the reality show three years ago, Redknapp has made her professional theatre debut as Sally Bowles in a national tour of Cabaret alongside fellow Strictly alumni Will Young. 9 to 5 marks Redknapp’s debut in the West End, playing Violet Newstead in the production.
Neil and Katya Jones
Strictly profesionals Neil and Katya Jones will perform in Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream at Sadler’s Wells later this year. An explosive dance show starring World Latin Showdance Champions, the show features vivid storytelling and sensational Latin and ballroom choreography. It also depicts a complicated modern love story, exploring how the path of love doesn’t always run smoothly.
The television presenter competed in the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing and went on to take the trophy with her professional partner Pasha Kovalev. After Strictly, Caroline Flack entered the world of musical theatre and made her on-stage debut in 2017, starring in a national tour of Crazy For You as Polly. Last year, Flack trod the West End stage for the first time as Roxie Hart in Chicago, playing for a limited engagement and closing the production in the coveted role.
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