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(I Had) The Time Of My life – Review of Dirty Dancing at Hull New Theatre

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When a film is so iconic and well loved, one goes to see a theatre performance of it with a little trepidation. No such worries here with the touring stage production of Dirty Dancing at Hull New Theatre.

Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman goes on vacation with her family in the summer of 1963 and learns some valuable life lessons and a few things about dancing along the way from the resort dance instructor Johnny Castle. 

The story has been rewritten for the stage, but includes all of the memorable and classic moments and songs from the original film and soundtrack.

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The two main characters ‘Baby’ and ‘Johnny’, played by Kira Malou and Michael O’Reilly, bear an uncanny likeness to the original stars and capture the chemistry between the young couple.

Great care has been taken to recreate the beloved scenes from the film in particular, the water scene and all the iconic lines that we remember fondly. 

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Special mention goes to Lizzie Ottley who plays Baby’s older sister, Lisa, who gets all the notes wrong in all the right places!

But of course the night goes to our two leading characters, who took us right back to that joyous summer of 1963. The feeling of nostalgia was palpable.

Of course it could only end one way, with the famous line ‘Nobody puts baby in a corner’ which made the excited audience cheer with delight and was closely followed by the iconic lift during the final dance. This left a full house, up on their feet and dancing all the way home.

Dirty Dancing is currently playing at Hull New Theatre until Saturday 23 October. If you’re able to grab a ticket for the remaining dates, definitely go and see it!

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Words by: Anne Walker

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