Dirty Dancing at the Theatre Royal Plymouth Review


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Theatre Royal, Plymouth

16 June to 4 July 2015


Reviewed by Kimberley Hallett

Being one of my favourite films I was very excited to be reviewing Dirty Dancing. I had seen the show in London so my expectations were high and thankfully I wasn’t left disappointed.

We arrived at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth and followed signs to the multi story car park, which was very close to the theatre. We went in and bought some snacks, which were priced reasonably and pre ordered drinks for the interval. The staff were helpful, polite and friendly. We were sat in the Circle and had a fantastic view of the stage.

For those of you who are fans of this iconic film of the 80’s, you will be happy to know that the stage show follows the story fairly closely. We left the show wanting to watch the film again!

Set in 1963, it tells the story of Francis ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle who are both from different backgrounds. Baby and her family go on holiday to Kellermans. There she meets and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny.

The first act had us mesmerised and featured some of the hit songs from the film including (I’ve had) The Time of My Life, Hungry Eyes, Do You Love Me? And Hey Baby! It had the audience wanting to dance in their seats.

In the interval we could go and get our drinks quickly because we pre-ordered and managed to get a seat looking out of the window next to the upstairs bar. The atmosphere in the bar was buzzing as everyone was talking about the fabulous dancing and singing and you could tell they were excited for Act 2.

The second act was just as good as the first featuring Lisa’s Hula, which was done really well by Georgina Castle. And ending with Kellerman’s anthem and of course the infamous (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life which was executed brilliantly by the cast, including the famous lift!

The set design was superbly done by Stephen Brimson-Lewis and the changes were faultless.  The clever use of video projection to show the water scene where Baby was practising lifts was brilliant. The audience loved this!

The cast can sing, dance and act amazingly well. You couldn’t take your eyes off the dancers they were amazing and made it look so effortless. I was also in awe of the singing as the cast had fantastic voices.

It was an outstanding performance by Lewis Kirk (Johnny) and Jessie Hart (Baby). Lewis played cool dance instructor Johnny and didn’t disappoint whilst Jessie did an amazing job of Baby.

Claire Rogers who played Penny was such an amazing dancer. She had both me and my husband mesmerised.

If you want to have the time of your life and enjoyed the film then you will love the stage show!

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £25 to £49.50 (booking fees may apply).

Dirty Dancing is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 4 July 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.

Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222.


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