Rip It Up

Previewed 7 February 2019, Opened 12 February 2019, Closed 2 June 2019 at the Garrick Theatre

A dancing and singing celebration of the 60s featuring the ultimate strictly boy band of dance - Harry Judd, Jay McGuiness, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith.

A celebration of the iconic sounds, sights and events of the decade which transformed the 20th Century featuring the songs of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and many, many more. Plus celebrity contributions on screen and footage from the era - let's Rip It Up! - the 60s are back with a bang!

The cast features Harry Judd, Ashton Merrygold, Jay McGuiness, and Louis Smith, with Jill Marie Cooper, and Cavin Cornwall. Directed by Gareth Walker with sets by Steve Howell, costumes by Francis Campbell and Carol Howard, video by Ryan X Howard, and lighting by Leigh Mulpeter.

Harry Judd is a member of the band Mcfly and, with professional dance partner Aliona Vilani, he won the 2011 BBC TV Strictly Come Dancing series.

Aston Merrygold is a member of the pop group JLS, and, with professional dance partner Janette Manrara, come 10th in the 2017 BBC TV Strictly Come Dancing series. The dance couple returned for the 2018 BBC TV Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special which they won.

Jay McGuiness is a member of the pop group The Wanted and, with professional dance partner Aliona Vilani, he won the 2015 BBC TV Strictly Come Dancing series. He starred in the lead role of 'Josh Baskin' in Big the Musical on tour in the UK during 2016, and will be reprising his performance when the production transfers to the West End's Dominion Theatre for an eight week season in Septeber 2019.

Louis Smith is an Olympic medal winning British gymnast and, with professional dance partner Flavia Cacace, he won the 2012 BBC TV Strictly Come Dancing series.

"This is a strange concept for a show, really: three former boyband members and a former Olympic gymnast, who have all appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, now lead a cast in a dance production celebrating the Sixties, with bland pre-recorded interviews with the likes of Lulu and Roger Daltrey thrown in for good measure... The boys are obviously not as good as the scorchingly talented dancers around them, but they aren't bad either... And the show provides much of the same fun as Strictly: it's a bit sexy but it's also pretty camp, serving up everything from go-go dancing to ballroom to stonecold Sixties classics as performed by a tight live band. With garish visuals and costumes, this vision of the Sixties makes Austin Powers look like cinema verite. But as we swing from The Beach Boys to The Beatles to Burt Bacharach, there's no deny-ing the enduring power of this music." The Mail on Sunday

"As jukebox musicals go, this cheesy yet generous slice of mainstream commercial entertainment does the trick. It's set up as a faux televised tribute show in which the central object of affection or, if you're in an unforgiving frame of mind, exploitation isn't a particular artist or group, but rather an entire decade with its most iconic music, attendant dance styles and all the socio-cultural baggage with it. The four personable, talented young men fronting the production make no bones about being fuelled by nostalgia for a time before they were born... What they have in common is having been celebrity contestants on Strictly Come Dancing. So yes, they can dance. And do. A lot, as do the tirelessly energetic, 11-strong ensemble that frame the star quartet. This is very much their show too, and their exhilarated moves are backed by a four-piece band and a lead singer, Jill Marie Cooper, who is equally adept at upbeat songs and ballads. Cavin Cornwall is a sleek, knowing host conducting brief, agreeable chats with the four leads that are interspersed with filmed interviews with Lulu, Roger Daltrey, Dionne Warwick and Zandra Rhodes." The Times

Rip It Up in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 7 February 2019, opened on 12 February 2019 and closed on 2 June 2019