Casting announced for Kiss Me Quickstep

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Off-West End - Regional theatre - Shows

Playing at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 22 February, the sequin studded ballroom drama, Kiss Me Quickstep, has revealed its cast.
Kiss Me Quickstep at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Full casting has been announced for the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich's sequin studded production of Amanda Whittington's ballroom drama, Kiss Me Quickstep.

The production plays in Hornchurch from 22 February - 9 March, transfers to Ipswich (13 - 23 March) and then will tour to Theatr Clwyd (26 - 30 March); the first time the Queen's Theatre has worked with this major theatre.

The cast includes ...

David Birch (Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre)

Michelle Bishop (Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum)

Adrian Klein (Memorial, Barbican Theatre)

Joshua Lay (Funny Girl, UK Tour)

Abigail Middleton (Wondertown, The Bohemians)

Garry Robson (The Who's Tommy, Ramps on the Moon)

Vicki Lee Taylor (Carousel, Arcola Theatre).

And they will be joined by a community chorus of 8 ballroom dancers!

Kiss Me Quickstep is directed by Kirstie Davis, with design by Jess Curtis, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by James Cook and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst. 

Audiences will be able to fully immerse themselves into the dazzling world of ballroom dancing thanks to the intimate nature of the production's staging; there will be an additional bank of seats behind the stage.

The show will be performed with a traverse stage with actors performing to all sides.

Writer Amanda Whittington said ...

"I'm delighted Kiss Me Quickstep will be dancing into the Queen's Theatre.

The show pulls back the glitter curtain on competitive dance, revealing what it takes to make a ballroom champion, on and off the floor.

I can't wait to see the new production hot-footing across the country, too."

Audio description via a headset will be available at every performance of Kiss Me Quickstep from Tuesday 26 February, with a Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Wednesday 6 March at 7.30pm and a Dementia-Friendly Performance on Thursday 7 March at 1.30pm.

This co-production between the Queen's Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre follows a number of successful collaborations including Once, Rope, The Ladykillers, Worst Wedding Ever and Made in Dagenham.

The Queen's Theatre also has a long history of producing Ms Whittington's work, including hit productions Ladies Day and Satin 'n' Steel.


Three young couples are striving for glory on the competitive dance circuit - having finally made it to Blackpool's National Amateur Championships via the motorway hard shoulder.

But there's pain and heartbreak beneath the dazzling glitter ball when you're dancing to other people's tunes and hiding secrets.

And with the world at your feet, it only takes one false step …

This bittersweet comedy reveals the backstage stories behind the fabulous frocks, fixed smiles and fake tan, looking at the real lives of those for whom dancing is everything.


David Birch - Justin

Michelle Bishop - Samantha

Adrian Klein - Luka

Joshua Lay - Lee

Abigail Middleton - Nancy

Garry Robson - Mick

Vicki Lee Taylor - Jodie


Author: Amanda Whittington
Director: Kirstie Davis
Designer: Jess Curtis
Choreography: Lucie Pankhurst
Lighting: Mark Dymock
Sound: James Cook
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


From: Friday 22 February 2019

Closes: Saturday 9 March 2019


Previews: £12.50, £17,£19.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)


Tue - Thu:

£19, £23.50, £27 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Fri & Sat:

£21.50, £26, £29 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

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