Footloose At Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Review


Reviewed by Amanda Dando

Footloose! Delighted to be asked to review the musical Footloose at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre tonight. Always say it, it’s definitely one of our favourite theatres, never sat in a bad seat view wise. We all waited patiently in the foyer, the show slightly delayed by a technical issue. There was a mixture of audience ages, with one thing in common … everyone couldn’t wait to see the show.

Surely we have all seen the film versions of this great toe tapping tale about the small town in America where’s it’s illegal to dance? If you are in the minority, and haven’t, I won’t spoil the story. I was interested to see how this firm favourite of mine would play out on the stage. I wasn’t disappointed. I really love what theatre companies do with some of the favourite tunes from a film or show, putting a modern twist on the music or the vocals. In places it was just outstanding. Of course you can’t help but smile when footloose opens the show, there is no toe that is not tapping right from the off.

The cast were all flipping amazing, but I can’t help single Jake Quickenden out, he very ably played Willard. Everyone needs a Willard in their lives! He’s a handsome lad, boy can he sing, and he looks fantastic in gold shimmering hot pants! I’ll not say anymore than that, but if for no other reason get yourself off the sofa and along to the Theatre this week, he definitely set my Tuesday night on fire. Local lad Joshua Hawkins was almost equally fantastic as Ren McCormack, his dancing, singing and sheer enthusiasm for the role was marvellous to watch. Whilst we are on the boys, Darren Day was Rev Shaw Moore, his voice is something special and he cut a dashing figure in his sparkly jacket at the end of the show.

It’s all singing all dancing, with sassy strong ladies playing Ariel & Rusty. Lucy Munden played Ariel, she carried off her red cowboy boots with matching hot pant shorts amazingly well. These actors and actresses also played the instruments throughout the show, quite fantastically. I haven’t seen a show for sometime that had such energy, great singing and a great story.

It’s good clean fun (well almost) and a great way to spend an evening at the theatre. I haven’t seen such an enthusiastic cast at the end of a show, they all thoroughly deserved the standing ovation. The finale was up there with Mamma Mia, everyone was on their feet and I for one didn’t want it to end. Let’s hear it for the boys is my stand out song, such a great song. They sang their hearts out, I felt ready to do it all again when I left such was the feel good factor. Fabulous from start to finish I would highly recommend you get yourself over to the Waterside this week, if for no other reason than to see Jake in his gold hot pants and his cheeky smile.

Rating: 5/5
Tickets cost from £13 plus transaction fee £3.65

Footloose is at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 10 May to 14 May for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 020 7206 1174

Exchange Street Aylesbury HP20 1UG

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