Jessie Hart will join the tour as Baby Houseman. Hart recently graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and has since played ‘Agnes’ in the ITV drama Arthur and George and the lead role of ‘Gerda’ in The Snow Queen (Nuffield Theatre). Her first performance will take place on 30th April 2015 at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Lewis Kirk, who first appeared in the show in 2014, takes over as Johnny Castle. His theatre credits also include Hairspray (UK Tour), Our House (Savoy) and Soho Cinders (Soho).
Also joining the cast are Lori Haley Fox as Marjorie Houseman, Georgina Castle as Lisa Houseman, Kane Verrall as Neil Kellerman and Matthew Colthart as Billy Kostecki. Albey Brookes will also be joining the ensemble.
The second UK tour of Dirty Dancing launched at the Bristol Hippodrome on 15th March 2014, and is scheduled to visit Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Plymouth, Bradford, Canterbury, Norwich, Aberdeen and Llandudno during 2015.
Concurrently the show is also enjoying huge success in Europe; after a recent sell-out season in Vienna, Austria, the show continues to tour in German speaking territories. A new French-language production is also wowing audiences in France and, having opened in Paris in January 2015 for a sell-out run, the production has since embarked on an arena tour of major French cities. The show has also recently re-opened in Melbourne, prior to a new Australian tour marking the tenth anniversary of the original stage show.