Dirty Dancing At The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford Review


Reviewed by Helen Noble

Dirty Dancing – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.
23 – 27 November 2021
Running time – 2 hours 30 mins including interval.
Recommended age 13+

Yes Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

The iconic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, returns to the stage, following blockbuster West End runs, UK tours, and multiple sensational international productions, produced by Karl Sydow.

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.  On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when offering to carry a watermelon she comes across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.  Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Cast. Michael o’Reilly – Johnny Castle, Kira Malou – Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, Carlie Milner – Penny Johnson, Lynden Edwards – Dr Jake Houseman, Jackie Morrison – Marjorie Houseman, Lizzie Ottley – Lisa Houseman, Samuel Bailey – Billy Kostecki, Michael Remick – Max Kellerman, Colin Charles – Tito Suarez.
Featuring ‘KELLERMANS BAND’ Ben Mabberley, Miles Russell & Tom Mussell.

The main scenery is set using a door with steps to one side of the stage and a door with a mezzanine on the other, the centre then swiftly changes from hotel, to restaurant, to night club, and you will actually see the practice lift in the lake!!

The sound is loud and clear even when the live band are playing in the background, the lighting really adds to the feel of the performance (some flashing lighting).

The actors are all stars of the shows in their own way, with amazing dance moves, leg splits that make you go ooh, I had goosebumps from the immense singing and music not forgetting the live band, which all has you foot tapping, clapping, singing along, plenty of laughter especially at baby learning to dance and cheering at the rememberable highlights “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”.

This production keeps you entertained from start to finish, you are sure to be up dancing and singing towards the end, it was a spectacular performance and would highly recommend it!
Have the time of your life and go see!

The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find. You are welcomed by friendly smiling staff, who are more than happy to help in whatever way they can. There are hand gel stations on entry and at various points around the theatre. Although not mandatory they ask for face masks to be worn whilst not seated. On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, you can even pre order drinks to be ready for the interval to save queuing. The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry. There are also plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue, one on Sharpe street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra, If using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £24.00 to £64.50 (booking fees may apply).
Dirty Dancing at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 23 – 27 November 2021, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000

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