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Review: Dirty dancing Live at the Regent Theatre, Stoke

Review: Dirty dancing Live at the Regent Theatre, Stoke

Dirty Dancing returns to Regent Theatre following a season at London’s Dominion Theatre. The show arrives in Stoke on Trent on Tuesday 4th July to Saturday 8th July 2023 . We were invited along to the Regent Theatre in Stoke on Trent for a night of exceptional dancing and show stopping music. Here is our review of Dirty Dancing, Regent Theatre.

Dirty Dancing – The classic story on stage is live at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Tuesday 4 July 2023 to Saturday 8 Jul 2023

Photo credit Mark Senior

Dirty Dancing review 2023

Dirty dancing is an iconic film, and in short, if you love the movie you will absolutely LOVE the show. 

Dirty dancing, an iconic 1987 film that tells the story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from very different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives……..

It was a balmy Tuesday evening in Stoke- on Trent and there was a hustle and bustle in Hanley, at the Regent Theatre as everyone arrived to watch the opening night of Dirty Dancing. I have said it before but I absolutely LOVE the film. It is a classic that I can watch time and time again. Would the theatre production live up to the expectation? Here is our Dirty Dancing review – Live at the Regent.

Photo credit Mark Senior

Dirty Dancing The Classic Story on Stage at the Regent, Stoke-on Trent

The iconic Dirty Dancing. Who doesn’t love this film?

It’s the summer of 1963, and a 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. She is on holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, and she shows little interest in the resort activities. She stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. This is where she first catches sight of Johnny Castle – the resort dance instructor. Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together for what will turn out to be the best summer of their lives! A film of love, commitment, determination, and fighting for what you believe in.  

Photo credit Mark Senior

The cast are phenomenal. Kira Malou (Baby) and Michael O’Reilly (Johnny Castle) had an exceptional stage presence and energy and they had big shoes to fill and smashed it. Georgia Aspinall (Penny) is a wonderfully talented dancer and has real energy on stage. I wanted to give recognition to Kellerman’s Band (Tom Parsons, Tom Parsons, Gabriel Askew, Tom Mussell, and Tim, Wade), who were an absolute incredible part of the production and really made the show.

Dirty Dancing review Regent theatre Hanley

How long is Dirty Dancing Theatre show?

The show opens at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent on Tue 4 July 2023- Saturday 8 Jul 2023,  with shows at 7.30pm each day, and show at 5.00 and 8.30 pm  on  Friday  and 14,30 and 1930, on Saturday.

The Dirty Dancing musical has a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Dirty Dancing review Regent theatre Hanley
Photo credit Mark Senior

What Age is Dirty Dancing for?

Dirty Dancing is recommend for anyone aged 14 and over as the production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for younger audiences. 

Where is the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Tel: 08448717649

Parking near Regent Theatre, Hanley

There are a number of car parks within easy walking distance from the theatre. The car parks include: 

  • Stoke On Trent Glass Street
  • Pall Mall Car Park
  • John Street Car Park
  • Marsh Street Car Park

Dirty Dancing 2023: Final thoughts

I came away from the theatre with a huge smile, – what an incredibly energetic and feel good production. With a phenomenally talented cast, amazing dancing and choreography and a wonderful energetic vibe.  The show has fun, passion, energy, and romance in abundance.

You won’t be disappointed, get your tickets now – I have to say this… you will have the time of your lives 🙂 

This is one show not to miss. Get your tickets now!

Dirty Dancing review Regent theatre Hanley
Photo credit Mark Senior

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Disclosure; We were provided with tickets in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.

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