Gareth Gates ‘can’t wait’ to bring smash hit musical to Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 08:52 03 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:52 03 October 2015

Gareth Gates. Picture: Garry Lake Photography.

Gareth Gates. Picture: Garry Lake Photography.


A smash hit musical featuring a pop favourite is set to take to the stage in Lowestoft next year.


When Footloose was released on screen in 1984, it became the highest-grossing February release in US film history. The soundtrack album ended the year-long reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at number one and went on top album charts all over the world – eventually selling more than 17 million copies.

Footloose was nominated for a Golden Globe, and both the title song and Let’s Hear It for the Boy received Academy Award nominations. Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway in 1998, where it ran for 709 performances. A London production followed in 2006, opening at the Novello Theatre following a UK Tour.

Some classic 80s anthems will echo out around the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft when Footloose: The Musical returns with a brand new production in 2016.

The rock musical, based on the popular 1984 film, will come to the Marina in February – with Gareth Gates starring as Willard.

Arriving on the stage with classic 1980s hits, including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and the unforgettable title track, it will play eight shows in a six-day run.

And looking forward to performing on stage at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, Mr Gates said: “I have been so lucky to perform in some of the greatest musicals over the years, from Joseph to Les Misérables and Legally Blonde, and I am so excited that Footloose will be my next.


He stole the hearts of the nation when he auditioned for the inaugural series of TV talent show Pop Idol in 2001. And despite not being crowned as the winner – after losing out to Will Young in the final – Gareth Gates has gone on to have a hugely successful pop and musical theatre career.

He went on sell more than five million records worldwide and has had hits across the globe. Mr Gates is also the youngest ever male solo artist to debut at number one.

More recently he has enjoyed a successful career on stage. He is now touring the nation with a new production – Mad About The Musicals – before playing the Prince in the panto Cinderella over Christmas, and then touring once more early next year with Footloose.

“It’s such a high energy show full of incredible dance and music, and this brand new tour is going to be a fresh and exciting new take on it. I can’t wait to bring the show to Lowestoft – we’re going to absolutely blow the roof off the Marina Theatre in February!”

Based on the movie starring Kevin Bacon - which took the world by storm with its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music - Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned.

With further roles to be cast, this fast-paced four-time Tony Award nominee musical is not only packed full of amazing dance and songs it is not to be missed. Produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree, for Sell A Door Theatre Company, Footloose: The Musical runs at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from Monday, February 22 to Saturday, February 27 next year.

■ To book seats for Footloose at the Marina Theatre, visit or call 01502 533200.

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