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Dirty Danc­ing, the clas­sic 80s movie, comes to Venue Cymru for a two week run of nos­tal­gia

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AC­TOR Lewis Kirk has re­ally been hav­ing the time of his life - and he owes it all to land­ing the role of the lead­ing man in the stage ver­sion of Dirty Danc­ing.

Lewis plays dance in­struc­tor Johnny Castle, the role made fa­mous by Pa­trick Swayze in the the hit 1987 film.

Johnny works at a re­sort in the US Catskill Moun­tains in the early 1960s, where he has a ro­man­tic li­ai­son with one of the guests, the ide­al­is­tic young­ster Baby, played by Jessie Hart.

The mu­si­cal will be at Venue Cymru, Llan­dudno for a two week run from Oc­to­ber 6.

Lewis said: “It’s a great part to play. Ob­vi­ously it’s an iconic film. As an ac­tor you want to give the au­di­ences the char­ac­ter they crave. The au­di­ence are re­luc­tant to see any­one other than Pa­trick Swayze in the role.

“You want to give them that and still make it your own. There’s some great scenes with Baby and it’s a nice part to play, es­pe­cially with the pay-off at the end. The au­di­ence are all with you when you come down the aisle to say ‘No­body puts Baby in a cor­ner’. You also get to dance and show off your range.”

He has lit­tle time to go to the gym but says the part has built up his stamina.

“It’s a de­mand­ing role, it’s full-on from the start and there are four lifts dur­ing the big dance rou­tines. But we have a re­hearsal be­fore the show so on mati­nee days I may be lift­ing Baby a dozen times,” he said.

De­tails at the Venue Cymru web­site or from the Box of­fice on phone (01492) 872000.

Dirty Danc­ing UK tour - Lewis Kirk as ‘Johnny’ and inset with Jessie Hart who plays ‘Baby’

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