STRICTLY COME DANCING STARS JANETTE MANRARA, KATYA JONES AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA ANNOUNCE 29-DATE TOUR FOR SPECTACULAR NEW SHOW ‘VIVA LA DIVAS’

24 June       Sage Gateshead

 

Get ready to witness three of Strictly Come Dancing’s most loved female professionals performing on one stage, when Janette Manrara, Katya Jones and Nadiya Bychkova tour the UK together throughout June and July 2020 in a brand new song and dance spectacular Viva La Divas.

 

Collaborating with the original producers of the hugely successful show Viva La Diva (first performed in 2007, starring Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins), this exhilarating and glamorous production will pay tribute to divas from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Broadway & West End musical theatre, chart-topping modern pop divas and female icons who have had the greatest impact on the stars’ careers and lives.

 

This show-stopping, all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza will see Katya, Nadiya and Janette star alongside a cast of amazing dancers and incredible singers, celebrating the likes Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Beyonce, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and many, many more.

 

The tour starts on 14th June and ends on 16th July, including a matinée and evening performance at London’s Aldwych Theatre on 12th July.

 

Additional matinées will take place at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft (14th June), The Forum Theatre in Billingham (15th June), The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil (28th June), The Apex in Bury St Edmunds (1st July), The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon (3rd July), The Princes Theatre in Aldershot (7th July) and the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton (15th July).

 

Before becoming a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, Miami-born Janette Manrara’s credits included performing at the 2009 Academy Awards, appearing in Season 5 of the US version of So You Think You Can Dance, being  a principle dancer on the hit TV show Glee, and performing in the hugely successful dance stage show Burn The Floor for three years.

One of Janette’s many Strictly highlights to-date included lifting the Christmas Glitterball trophy twice with her celebrity partners Aston Merrygold and Melvin Odoom.

Looking ahead to the tour, Janette said, “I am so excited to be touring the UK with two of my best friends, Katya and Nadiya – and what a show it’s going to be. We’re going to be celebrating the glitz, the glamour and style of the greatest divas in showbiz. We’re going to have so much fun bringing this show to audiences across the UK and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a blast!”

 

Before making her Strictly debut in 2016 , Russian dancer Katya Jones and her dance partner Neil Jones won the WDC World Show Dance Championships and three titles at the World Amateur Latin Championship.

After her incredible partnership with politician Ed Balls in 2016, for her second series on Strictly Katya was partnered with actor Joe McMadden. It proved to be a truly memorable run, with the pair’s stunning performances in the final seeing them lift the coveted Glitterball Ball trophy as 2017 Strictly champions.

Katya said, “To tour Viva La Divas across this beautiful country this summer with two incredible dancers, who happen to be my very close friends, is a dream come true. How the three of us managed to keep everything a secret for so long I’ll never know! Finally, we can shout it from the roof tops: girls on tour! It’s going to be epic.”

 

A two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin ‘10’ Dance, Ukrainian dance star Nadiya Bychkova made her Strictly Come Dancing debut in 2017. Her partners have included David James and Davood Ghadami.

 

Nadiya said, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Viva La Divas tour this summer. We have an incredible team working on what will be a dazzling show that I can’t wait for audiences everywhere to see. It’s going to be a stunning spectacle full of the elegance, style and attitude befitting of the greatest divas’ legacies. And to be touring with two incredible friends in Janette and Katya is simply the dream team!”

 

The full list of dates is as follows (*indicates an additional matinee performance):

 

14 June            Lowestoft        Marina Theatre*

15 June            Billingham       Forum Theatre*

16 June            York                Grand Opera House

17 June            Wrexham         Aston Hall

18 June            Birmingham     The Alexandra

19 June            Cardiff             St David’s Hall

20 June            Bath                 Pavilion

21 June            Milton Keynes             Milton Keynes Theatre

23 June            Halifax            Victoria Theatre

24 June            Gateshead        Sage

25 June            Scunthorpe      Baths Hall

26 June            Kings Lynn      Corn Exchange

27 June            Stoke               Regent Theatre

28 June            Yeovil              Octagon Theatre*

30 June            Northampton   Derngate Hall

1 July               Bury St Edmunds The Apex*

2 July               Guildford         G Live

3 July               Swindon          Wyvern Theatre*

4 July               Torquay           Princess Theatre

5 July               Worthing          Pavilion Theatre

7 July               Aldershot         Princes Hall*

8 July               Aylesbury        Waterside Theatre

9 July               Dorking           Dorking Halls

10 July             Hastings           White Rock Theatre

11 July             Poole               Lighthouse

12 July             London            Aldwych Theatre*

14 July             Cheltenham     Town Hall

15 July             New Brighton  Floral Pavilion*

16 July             Bridlington       Bridlington Spa

 

 

A venue ticket pre-sale will take place from 10.00am on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10.00am on Friday, 31st January, available from all venues and from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.vivaladivasshow.com.

 

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