Dirty Dancing among the shows coming to Norwich Theatre Royal

The hit musical Dirty Dancing is heading to Norwich next year as part of new line-up of shows revealed by the Theatre Royal today.

Based on the classic film starring Patrick Swayze, the show - which tells the story of the relationship between daddy's girl Frances 'Baby' Houseman and dance instructor Johnny Castle - will be at the theatre from August 28 to September 8 2012.

Two other musicals will also be gracing the Theatre Royal stage. Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! will be in Norwich for a month from July 3 to August 4 2012 and will feature Brian Conley in the role of Fagin.

Before that, from November 22 to December 3 this year Grease is the word when the musical about teenage angst and young romance comes to Norwich featuring Danny Bayne, winner of ITV's Grease is the Word talent show.

This September Alan Ayckbourn's festive comedy Season's Greetings will be at the theatre with Glynis Barber, who played Glenda Mitchell in Eastenders, leading the cast.

Top comedians Lee Evans and Alan Carr will also be doing shows at the theatre, and Jimmy Carr has announced an extra show when he comes to Norwich this September.

John Bultitude, from Norwich Theatre Royal, said: 'There is no doubt our audiences are guaranteed to have the time of their life when Dirty Dancing debuts here next summer. Before that, we are so excited that Cameron Mackintosh has chosen us as one of the venues for his tour of Oliver!

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'Add in the likes of Grease, the all-star cast of Season's Greetings and some of Britain's top comics and once again, we are bringing the best of the West End right here to Norfolk.'

• For more information about the shows and when and how you can book tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

• Do you know someone destined for stardom? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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