Dirty Dancing review (UK Tour 2017): The time of your life in a night of dancing.
Dirty Dancing review by Katey Thompson, New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
Dirty Dancing has arrived in Woking and the enormous amount of passion and professionalism of the cast could not be doubted. The show is based on the film of the same name and set during the summer of 1963 at the Kellermans Hotel .
Baby, played by Katie Eccles is on holiday with her family when she finds herself torn between her love for her father (Julian Harries) and her lover boy Johnny Castle who is superbly played by Lewis Griffiths, whose physic and dancing skill drew wolf whistles from the audience. Katie Eccles depiction of Baby is brilliant and you certainly feel the passion between the two actors. Michael Kent and Sophie Mackay sung several solos and duets throughout the show and were fantastic to listen to.
The first half of the evening romped through the story, giving snippets of the well known songs as well introducing the rest of the cast whose excellent dancing is fantastic to watch. The second part of the show moves at a slower pace and is great to watch. The sound effects and timing of Lewis Griffiths and Katie Eccles movements during the river scene were excellent. It was great to hear the classic songs of ‘Hungry eyes’ and the show ended with the classic ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’ which had most of the audience standing up and clapping along to, along with the famous ‘lift’.
For all lovers of the original film this is an excellent show and one that should not be missed for a very enjoyable evenings entertainment.
Dirty Dancing is running at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking until 9th September 2017.