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Updated: Aug 9, 2021

Everybody cut loose – Dancing on Ice Winner and TV and theatre star Jake Quickenden is heading to Peterborough in Footloose.

He’ll be joining Darren Day as part of the cast for this upbeat musical based on the hit 80’s film which is coming to the New Theatre Peterborough in March 2022.

Jake will play Willard and Darren plays Reverend Moore in this latest production which has had two critically acclaimed tours and is back by huge popular demand.

The musical was postponed in 2020 but is now set to burst back onto the stage in 2022 with cutting edge modern choreography and classic 80's hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.

So ‘let’s hear it for the boy’… Jake first hit our screens in The X Factor in 2012 and again in 2014 where he went through to the live shows followed by appearances on Chart Show TV, ITV’s Kelly's Heroes, as a regular panelist on Big Brother''s Bit On The Side and as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Following his win of the 2018 season of Dancing on Ice Jake has most recently been seen in hit TV show Hollyoaks. Jake is no stranger to the stage having performed in the title role of Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House; also touring with the Dreamboys and appearing in Pantomime. He most recently starred in the acclaimed 50th anniversary production of Hair the Musical.

Jake will play Willard, the friend of city boy Ren who’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing’s banned. Jake says – “I can’t wait to get out on Tour with Footloose, after such a strange and difficult time we will finally be able to join our friends and family in the theatre for a truly feel -good night out. This show is packed full of amazing 80’s hits I can’t think of a better tonic for 2022.”

Jake will join Musical Theatre favourite Darren Day in the production. Following his first starring theatre role in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Darren’s enjoyed an extensive career in the West End including Summer Holiday, Copacabana and Grease.

Darren can be seen later this year in the role of Billy Flynn in smash-hit musical Chicago.

Darren says – “I am so delighted to be able to stay with the tour of Footloose for the 2022 tour. I was a teenager in the 80’s, 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! I’m really looking forward to seeing you there.”

Tickets are on sale now for Footloose which will be live at Peterborough New Theatre from March 15– 19, 2022 so treat yourself book now!


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