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Strictly professional Natalie Lowe teams up with winners Louis Smith, and Jay McGuinness for new 50s theatre show

PUBLISHED: 16:45 10 May 2017

Louis, Natalie, and Jay

Louis, Natalie, and Jay

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All three will be visiting Chatham and Tunbridge Wells

Strictly Come Dancing’s Natalie Lowe has announced she is to star alongside Strictly Come Dancing champions Louis Smith MBE and Jay McGuiness in a new theatre show, Rip It Up.

The show promises to bring the soundtrack of the 1950s to the stage with song and dance that will see Natalie, Jay and Louis swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom throughout the evening.

Brought to you from the producers and director of 2017’s tour Remembering Fred, which stars Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, Rip It Up will also feature Radio Two’s Leo Green.

Natalie, who recently announced her retirement from the popular BBC One show, said: “To be able to work with these two incredible Strictly champions and choreograph routines with them to the music from music’s greatest decade is something that we are all very excited to be working on. Together we will dance through some of the most fantastic songs ever created.”

Jay McGuiness is best known as a vocalist in the boy band The Wanted, whose debut single All Time Low hit the number one spot on the UK singles chart in 2010. The band went on to have a further three number one singles, including the global hit Glad You Came.

In 2015, Jay went on to win Strictly Come Dancing with partner Aliona Vilani.

Jay said: “To perform with Radio Two’s Leo Green and his band, as well as share the stage with Natalie and Louis and such a talented cast of singers and dancers should be quite an experience. We have some great ideas and are looking forward to bringing them to the theatres around the country, singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest decades”.

Louis Smith MBE is one of Britain’s sporting superstars after winning medals at three separate Olympic Games.

He shot to fame at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning a bronze medal in the pommel horse, before winning silver medals at both the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Louis took part in and won that year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy with his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace.

Louis will be returning to training shortly in an attempt to win a medal at his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Louis said: “A lot of people think of the music of the 50s as just rock and roll. Whilst this was the decade that brought us Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and more, we will also be celebrating the music of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and all the beautiful vocal harmony groups from that special decade.”

The show will feature classics such as Why Do Fools Fall In Love, La Bamba, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Mona Lisa, Oh Carol, Dream Lover, Reet Petite, Volare, Teenager In Love, Unchained Melody, Mambo Italiano, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Shout, Good Golly Miss Molly, Magic Moments, and Unforgettable.

Rip It Up will be coming to Chatham’s Central Theatre on October 5, and Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall Theatre on October 18.

For ticket visit tickets.medway.gov.uk or assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

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