Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage – a worldwide stage phenomenon
In the beginning
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia on 18 November 2004. Following this, the production went on a national tour of Australia and New Zealand, visiting Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. In total, the show had a sell-out season of 18 months throughout Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the HIGHEST ADVANCE IN EUROPEAN HISTORY.
Globally Breaking Records
Following this success, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage broke more records in London where it opened on 24 October 2006 at the Aldwych Theatre. The production began previews with £11 MILLION IN ADVANCE SALES – a West End Theatre record. In an unprecedented move, the theatre had to add an additional 25 seats into the auditorium to accommodate the demand for tickets and ran for six months of completely SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES. Dirty Dancing is the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych theatre!
In 2013 Dirty Dancing completed a hugely successful multi-record breaking nationwide tour across the UK and Ireland, which was seen by over one million people since it launched in 2011.
Following the end of the first ever UK tour, Dirty Dancing returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre and a new UK tour will launch in Bristol in March 2014.
The show has gone on to perform across the world in Toronto, Canada; Utrecht, Holland; a North American Tour including Chicago, Boston and LA; Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The show opened in Berlin, Germany, April 2009 and closed on the 14th November 2010, making it the longest run in the history of the Potzdamer Platz theatre.
2014 sees Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage return to tour North America, opening at the National Theatre, Washington DC in August.