New casting announced for DIRTY DANCING UK TOUR


The producers of the smash hit musical Dirty Dancing are delighted to announce new casting for the next stage of the phenomenally successful First Ever National Tour, now booking through to the summer of 2013. The new company will have their first performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday 4 July, with a press night on Tuesday 10 July. Since the UK tour opened in Bristol on 1 September 2011, demand for tickets has been sensational, smashing box office records across the country and playing to packed houses in every city it visits.

Jill Winternitz &
Paul-Michael Jones
American actress Jill Winternitz will star as idealistic ‘Baby Houseman’, the role taken by Jennifer Grey in the film, who discovers love and life in the summer she will never forget. Jill trained at RADA and her theatre credits include ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet and ‘The Prioress’ in The Canterbury Tales (Queen Mary 2); Wounded (Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble); ‘Nina’ in The Seagull (MXAT) and Sunday in the Park with George (Interlochen Center for the Arts).

Nicky Griffiths will take on the role of ‘Penny Johnson’, having been a member of the Dirty Dancing touring company since the show opened in Bristol. Her other credits include ‘Lisa’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales); ‘Lou-Anne’ and understudy ‘Amber Von-Tussle’ in the original London cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury); the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Grease (UK tour).

Paul-Michael Jones, who has attracted huge critical and public acclaim on the tour so far, will continue to star as ‘Johnny Castle’, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture, made famous around the world by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 smash hit movie. Paul-Michael trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2007. His theatre credits include ‘Eddie’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales); understudying and performing the roles of ‘Jake’ and ‘Adrian’ in Never Forget (UK tour); ‘Jack’ in Jack & The Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); We Will Rock You (Cologne) and dance captain in Fame – the Musical (European tour). He has also represented England as a Latin American and Ballroom Dancer, as one of the top two English couples, at The World Championships in Singapore.

James Coombes will appear as ‘Dr. Jake Houseman’, Julia Nagle as ‘Marjorie Houseman’, Emilia Williams as ‘Lisa Houseman’, Wayne Smith as ‘Billy Kostecki’, Michael Remick as ‘Max Kellerman’, Stefan Menaul as ‘Neil Kellerman’, Colin Charles as ‘Tito Suarez’ and Tony Stansfield as ‘Mr Schumacher’. Other members of the new company include: Lizzie Stavrou, Tara Verloop, Kate-Emma Portlock, Rosa O’Reilly, Lewis Davies, Callum Nicol, Adam Philpott, Will Tyler, Jenny Wickham, Rebecca Hodge, Vanessa Campbell, Faisal Khodabukus, Philip Marriott, Ben Harris and Jonathan Cordin.

Birmingham – Birmingham Hippodrome, Wednesday 4th July – Saturday 25th August 2012
0844 338 5000 -

Norwich – Norwich Theatre Royal, Tuesday 28th August – Saturday 15th September 2012
01603 63 00 00 –

Sunderland – Sunderland Empire, Tuesday 18th September – Saturday 6th October 2012
0844 871 3022 -

Liverpool – Liverpool Empire, Tuesday 9th October – Saturday 27th October 2012
0844 871 3017 -

Cardiff – Wales Millennium Centre, Tuesday 6th November – Saturday 1st December 2012
029 2063 6464 -

Edinburgh – Edinburgh Playhouse, Tuesday 4th December 2012 – Saturday 12th January 2013
0844 871 3014 -

Plymouth – Theatre Royal, Tuesday 22 January – Saturday 9 February 2013
01752 230440 –

Nottingham – Theatre Royal, Tuesday 12 February – Saturday 2 March 2013
0115 989 5555 -

Stoke – Regent Theatre, Tuesday 12 – 30 March 2013
0844 871 7649 -

Canterbury – Marlowe Theatre, Tuesday 2 – Saturday 20 April 2013
01227 787787 –

Woking – New Victoria Theatre, Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 18 May 2013
0844 871 7645 -