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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on stage— Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer Reviewer: Simon Topping  Dirty Dancing is one of those 1980’s iconic films everyone has seen by the time they reach their teens, even though, upon intense questioning, some would deny it. Judging by the diversity of the Brighton audience, the classic coming-of-age tale appears to appeal to all generations, captivating the young just as ...

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Dirty Dancing – Blackpool Opera House

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It captured the hearts of the nation back in the 80s, and it is still captivating audiences today. Dirty Dancing is a classic coming-of-age tale, which has been reimagined for the stage by the film’s original and talented writer Eleanor Bergstein and resident director Russ Spencer. The beauty of this story ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Alhambra, Bradford

A couple dancing in hold with another woman

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Sue Collier Dirty Dancing is set in the summer of 1963, an era of great American social change. This is the time of President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Bill and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. It is also a time when a ...

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Dirty Dancing – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Dirty Dancing isn’t so much a stage adaptation of the now classic 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as the two lovers from different worlds, but almost a complete transcription. Set in 1963 when America was under the watchful eye of John F. Kennedy, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Hartland) is ...

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Dirty Dancing – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer:Scott Matthewman It is a safe bet that the vast majority of the audience for Dirty Dancing, as hinted at by its subtitle of The Classic Story on Stage, is familiar with the original 1987 film. This is probably the reason for the stage version’s attempt to adhere so rigidly to the script and ...

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Dirty Dancing – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Dan English   It is the summer of 63 at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as the sizzling Dirty Dancing musical reaches north Kent on its UK Tour. Set among the backdrop of an innocent America, the raw passion that is bubbling in the USA at the time comes to the foreground ...

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