Viva La Divas
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.