13-18 June 2016
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
We attended the King’s Theatre in Glasgow on Monday night for Dean Pitchford’s Footloose The Musical. Although the show is set in Bolmore, West Virginia, it is based on the real story of Elmore City, a ‘god-fearing’ town in Oklahoma who continued their no dancing law for 90 years until 1979 when local kids campaigned to hold their school prom.
Footloose started life as the hit film released in 1984 starring Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker and it was with some persuasion Pitchford adapted it for the stage.
I loved the fact the the full cast were actor-musician’s… all the fabulous music was played live on stage by the actors. The lighting and staging of the show was very clever in the way the musicians were highlighted by a glow of light while the story played out around them.
Making her professional debut as Ariel was Hannah Price, her voice was stunning. She had great rapport with Luke Baker playing newcomer Ren McCormack who leads the cry for change in Bolmore. Lee Brennan, of the 90’s boy band 911, ably took on the role of Willard the comic character of the show – he certainly had his fan club in the audience!!
The Kings Theatre was full on opening night and the audience all took to their feet to the encore… although the grand circle was bouncing, as everyone danced, a little too much for my liking.
The Kings Theatre is located on Bath Street in the centre of Glasgow and easily accessible by car with plenty of on street parking. It is within walking distance of train and bus stations as well.
The theatre itself is very ornate with comfortable seating. A mention has to go to the theatre staff who are friendly, cheery and helpful.
Footloose The Musical is a fabulous uplifting show.
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £49.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Footloose is the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 18 June 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648