IT’S time for Oxford to kick off its Sunday shoes, as the hit musical Footloose is returning to the New Theatre Oxford this autumn. The production, which will be at the venue in George Street from September 1 – 5, stars Gareth Gates as Willard and Darren Day as Reverend Moore.
Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose The Musical sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.
Gareth Gates rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, going on to sell over 5 million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. His version of Unchained Melody sold over a million copies in the UK and is the 3rd best-selling single of the Noughties. Gareth is also the youngest ever-male solo artist to debut at number 1.
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More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2014 Gareth appeared in the final series of Dancing on Ice, and joined boyband 5th Story as part of ITV’s second series of The Big Reunion, touring arenas with bands including Blue and Five.
Gareth said: “I’m thrilled to be back playing the role of Willard in the 2020 UK tour of Footloose. I had so much fun the first time around that I jumped at the chance to play such an exciting role again. I was born in 1984, the year ‘Footloose’ the movie was first released; I used to watch the movie lots as a kid not knowing some years later I’d be playing the ‘cowboy that can’t dance’ on stages up and down the country. I’m a terrible dancer, so it’s pretty much Life imitating Art!” “The show is packed with classic 80s hits – and audiences get to see a little more of me than they bargained for! I can’t wait to be back on tour with such an incredible show.”
Darren Day’s first starring theatre role was in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with an extensive career in the West End including Summer Holiday, Copacabana and Grease. Tours include Alfie, Carousel, Great Expectations, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You and many more – most recently Mame, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Bob in Rita Sue and Bob Too and new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre.
Darren’s television career has included roles in Sky’s Stella, Hollyoaks and Holby City, as well as many presenting appearances. Darren was a finalist in the 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother. Recent feature films include White Island, Name of the Game, Rudy and Demon Eye as well as The Krays – Dead Man Walking.
He is also an established recording artist and has made guest appearances as a singer on a wide range of television shows.
Darren said: “I’m truly happy and excited to be a part of this brilliant production. I was a teenager in the 80s, which is such an impressionable age for movies and music. This is one of the most iconic films and soundtracks from my teenage years. I can remember hearing Footloose on the radio for the first time and thinking… what a tune! It’s been a while since I went out on tour with a musical and am very much looking forward to going back to my musical theatre roots around the UK.”
Footloose The Musical will be presented by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment, and will be directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crossland and design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow.
Everybody cut loose for a night of dazzling excitement music and dancing!
Tickets can be purchased from the New Theatre box office on George Street, by ringing 0844 871 3020 or by visiting our website at www.atgtickets.com/oxford (phone and internet bookings subject to booking/transaction fee. Calls are charged at 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.).
For bookings of 10 or more please call 0333 009 5392 (calls are charged at local rate – for group bookings only) and for access bookings please call 0800 912 6971 and speak to a member of our dedicated booking team.
About Darren Day
Darren’s first starring theatre role was as Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End at the London Palladium on tour internationally. His West End career also includes Don in Summer Holiday, Tony in Copacabana and Danny in Grease. On tour, he has played Alfie in Alfie; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Pip in Great Expectations; Jesus in Godspell; FranknFurter in The Rocky Horror Show; Cornelius Hackle in Hello Dolly and Khashoggi in the Queen Musical We Will Rock You. He toured nationally in the acclaimed Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show and played American author Paul Sheldon in an international production of Stephen King’s Misery, which was nominated for a Time Out theatre award. He was then nominated for a Best Actor award for his role as Gideon in the acclaimed London production of The Last Session. Most recent roles include Beauregard in Mame, Smee in Qdos’ Peter Pan, Tick/Mitzi in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Bob in Rita Sue and Bob Too, and Melbourne Bumblescratch in the preview of the new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre.
Darren has numerous television presenting appearances, including several years on series such as Just Kidding; Don’t Try This at Home; Clockwise; Teen Win Lose or Draw and You Bet! He twice presented The Children’s Royal Variety Performance. Darren is also known for the vocal impersonations that form part of his solo show, Darren Day in Concert, which toured the UK and internationally throughout 2017.
Darren is also an established recording artist, and has made guest appearances as a singer on a wide range of television shows, including The Royal Variety Performance. He released the album Summer Holiday and the single Young Girl, which reached the top 20 – both produced by Simon Cowell. His cast albums include Godspell, Great Expectations and The Last Session. In 2010, he recorded the Queen hit, Only the Good Die Young in aid of The Soldiers Charity. He recently released an album of his favourite musical theatre songs, This is the Moment.
In television, Darren has played a wide variety of roles. In 2017, he joined the cast of the Sky TV comedy drama Stella as wayward brother-in-law Will Morgan. Prior to that, he played Hollyoaks bad-lad Danny Houston. Other television roles include Michael Evans in Holby; Graham Watts in Crime Stories; David Wilde in Doctors; Jeff Slade in The Bill; Jonathan Adams in Mile High; Arthur in Harry Hill’s satire Extreme Soap and Inman in one of French and Saunders Darren was a finalist in the 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Recent feature films include White Island, Name of the Game, Rudy and Demon Eye as well as The Krays – Dead Man Walking.
About Gareth Gates
Born in Bradford in July 1984, Gareth Gates always knew he wanted to be a performer. It’s well known as a young boy he was head chorister for Bradford Cathedral Choir and performed solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997. What’s less well known is that he has a natural gift for music and, as well as being a faultless vocalist, he is an accomplished musician, playing piano and guitar to the highest standard.
In 2002, Gareth was famously runner-up to Will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol. Instead of disappearing into ‘pop oblivion’, he carved out a very successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide. Gareth sold 5 million records worldwide, released three albums and had five UK number-one singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and with that had the second best-selling single of the ‘noughties’ with ‘Unchained Melody’.
Outside of the UK, Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/04 from MTV Asia, MTV China and MTV Taiwan.
In 2008, Gareth donned the sequins and Lycra every Sunday night to take part in the hit ITV1 show Dancing on Ice, in front of millions of TV viewers, coming fourth in the competition. Not bad for someone who couldn’t even stand up on the ice at the beginning!
Post-Dancing on Ice, Gareth decided to change musical direction and accepted the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was a role he first played at the tender age of eight in school and proved to be an ideal start to his theatrical career. During this time, Gareth also tackled his first pantomime as Prince Charming in Cinderella at Wimbledon Theatre, to which he thoroughly enjoyed.
In 2009, Gareth auditioned for, and impressed, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, which led to him playing the role of Marius in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables. This mammoth ten-month tour played to sell-out audiences as far afield as Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Paris, Bristol and Southampton, ending at the Barbican in London with 22 special performances at the show’s original home. This brand- new production featured new direction, staging and arrangement – and Gareth wowed audiences up and down the country, and a new cast recording was also made. Following on from this successful stint, Cameron Mackintosh asked Gareth to resume the role in the West End, which finished in June 2011.
In the autumn of 2011, Gareth spent time planning and filming a documentary that showed the struggle faced by people with a stammer, Gareth Gates: Stop My Stutter. This emotional journey followed Gareth as he taught young people with a stammer the McGuire technique, in a bid to change their lives. Gareth, now a qualified teacher, spent four days teaching these students and learning about their individual goals and challenges.
In June 2012, Gareth took on his most challenging role to date, one that contained more speech than he has had to tackle before. He played the have-it-all rich kid Eddie in the brand-new musical Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse – doubly enjoyable, as he got to work in his home county and spend time with his family. Following this, Gareth joined the cast of Legally Blonde on its UK tour, playing the role of Warner. In addition to this, he toured with a new production of Boogie Nights with The Osmonds, and even sang ‘Puppy Love’ to delighted crowds!
He also appeared on the second series of the popular ITV2 show The Big Reunion, which saw him join other pop stars in creating a new boy band, Fifth Story, who appeared at a sold-out concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. In addition to releasing The Very Best of Gareth Gates in 2014, Gareth continues to tour, write and produce music. 2016 saw Gareth launch his new venture ‘Cuppanut’ – a coconut hot infusion. An idea he dreamt up and made a reality, as an alternative to caffeinated drinks, it
has since been exclusively stocked by Holland and Barrett and has recently scooped eight top food awards!
Find out more at www.Cuppanut.com. Facebook.com/Garethgates @gareth_gates
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