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Dartford: Saturday Night Fever hits the stage 40 years after its cinema release

By Angela Cole

Forty years after its UK cinema release, Saturday Night Fever has been revitalised into a music and dance spectacular on stage.

Its tour will be at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, from Tuesday, January 8 until Saturday, January 12. The Bill Kenwright production stars acclaimed dancer Richard Winsor as Tony Manero, the role made famous by swaggering John Travolta in the 1978 film, which was a worldwide hit, with Travolta's moves on the dancefloor becoming instantly recognisable.

Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony’s reckless, yet thrilling, road to dancing success, and features the Bee Gees’ hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman - the film soundtrack remains the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time.

Saturday Night Fever is coming to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Picture: Pamela Raith
Saturday Night Fever is coming to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Picture: Pamela Raith

This is his first major musical lead for Richard, who will be joined by Kate Parr (Follies) in the role of Stephanie, Owen Broughton (Gus), Michael Cortez (Joey), Raphael Pace (Bobbie C) and Jared Thompson (Double Jay). The cast will be joined for the first time, by a group playing the Bee Gees with Ed Handoll (Barry Gibb), Alastair Hill (Maurice Gibb) and Matt Faull (Robin Gibb) singing the hit soundtrack of the disco classics.

Richard Winsor as Tony Manero struts his stuff on the dancefloor in Saturday Night Fever
Richard Winsor as Tony Manero struts his stuff on the dancefloor in Saturday Night Fever

While paying homage to the movie, the show promises more drama, music and hot new choreography.

To book tickets for the show, which runs from Tuesday, January 8 until Saturday, January 12, visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

It will also be at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from Tuesday, February 5 to Saturday, February 9. To book tickets visit marlowetheatre.com or call 01227787787.

Saturday Night Fever the stage show will be at the Orchard Theatre
Saturday Night Fever the stage show will be at the Orchard Theatre

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