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Monday 18 December 2017

Getting down and dirty to cost arm and a leg

Conor Gannon

A LAVISH production of 'Dirty Dancing' is being brought to Ireland at two-and-a-half times the cost of a West End show.

Theatre manager Stephen Faloon said that there are 97,000 tickets available for the production, which will cost €5m to stage.

West End shows such as 'Dirty Dancing' are made more expensive by both the cost of living in Dublin and of shipping the set over the Irish Sea.

"Nonetheless, it's extremely exciting to have one of the most successful hit musicals in West End history coming to Dublin," said Mr Faloon at the launch of the show in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.

Featuring the Oscar-winning song '(I've Had) The Time of My Life', this stage adaptation of the popular film will come to Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre in January of next year.

"If we haven't got the audience on their feet and singing along by the time the night is over, then we've done something wrong," said Charlotte Gooch, who plays the role of Penny in the production.

'Dirty Dancing' opened in the Aldwych Theatre in London in 2006 and became the fastest-selling show in West End history.

The Irish premiere of the show will open on January 17 and run for six weeks.

Tickets are priced from €25 and are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

Irish Independent

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