Win: Cutting loose

PUBLISHED: 16:26 25 May 2011

Credit Robert Day

Credit Robert Day


HOT on the heels of two triumphant West End seasons and four hugely successful tours Footloose – The Dance Musical cuts loose on its fifth major UK tour and onto the stage of The Bristol Hippodrome for one week only.

It will get audiences dancing in the aisles from June 13-18.

Playing Ren, a role that launched the careers of Kevin Bacon and Derek Hough, will be Adam C Booth.

The cast also includes Steven Pinder as Reverend Shaw Moore, best known for playing Max Farnham in the long-running soap Brookside, for which he won a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor.

This also the year that the highly-anticipated film remake of Footloose, starring Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell, is released in cinemas.

When Kevin Bacon’s too-cool-for-school teenager Ren McCormack dared to dance his way out of Chicago and into small town Bomont in the movie, an icon for the 1980s was born.

Kevin Bacon became a global star and the film’s title track went from gold to platinum to multi-platinum, spawning one of the most famous guitar intros of all time.

Cultural icon Sarah Jessica Parker was cast alongside Bacon in this much-loved film phenomenon and went on to enjoy great success.

In 1998 Broadway lauded the hit movie live on stage as a musical spectacular that tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned.

Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful but Ren, breaking every taboo in the book, is determined to bring dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy.

Tickets, priced £13.50-33.50, are available via

The Mercury has teamed up with The Bristol Hippodrome to offer four lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show at 7.30pm on June 14.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: What is the name of the teenager in the story who moves from Chicago determined to bring dance back to his new home town?

Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to: Footloose competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, by 9am on June 2. Alternatively, click on the link at the top of the screen to enter.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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