For Strictly fans who can’t wait for the new series to arrive on screen in the autumn, fear not, help is at hand to banish those Strictly blues! Three of Strictly Come Dancing’s most loved female professionals, Janette Manrara, Katya Jones and Nadiya Bychkova are touring 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 and starring Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins), this exhilarating and glamorous production pays tribute to divas from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Broadway and West End musical theatre and to the 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.
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, the hit TV show Glee, and the hugely successful dance stage show Burn The Floor for three years.
Janette’s many Strictly highlights include 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!”
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 before she make her Strictly debut in 2016, partnering politician Ed Balls.
For her second series on Strictly Katya was partnered with actor Joe McMadden and it proved to be a truly memorable series. With stunning performances in the final, Katya and Joe lifted the coveted Glitterball Ball trophy as 2017 Strictly champions.
“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,” Katya said. “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.”
Twice 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.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Viva La Divas tour this summer,” said Nadiya. “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):
|Sunday 14 June||Lowestoft||Marina Theatre*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Monday 15 June||Billingham||Forum Theatre*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Tuesday 16 June||York||Grand Opera House||BOOK TICKETS|
|Wednesday 17 June||Wrexham||Aston Hall||BOOK TICKETS|
|Thursday 18 June||Birmingham||The Alexandra||BOOK TICKETS|
|Friday 19 June||Cardiff||St David’s Hall||BOOK TICKETS|
|Saturday 20 June||Bath||Pavilion||BOOK TICKETS|
|Sunday 21 June||Milton Keynes||Milton Keynes Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Tuesday 23 June||Halifax||Victoria Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Wednesday 24 June||Gateshead||Sage||BOOK TICKETS|
|Thursday 25 June||Scunthorpe||Baths Hall||BOOK TICKETS|
|Friday 26 June||Kings Lynn||Corn Exchange||BOOK TICKETS|
|Saturday 27 June||Stoke||Regent Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Sunday 28 June||Yeovil||Octagon Theatre*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Tuesday 30 June||Northampton||Derngate Hall||BOOK TICKETS|
|Wednesday 1 July||Bury St Edmunds||The Apex*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Thursday 2 July||Guildford||G Live||BOOK TICKETS|
|Friday 3 July||Swindon||Wyvern Theatre*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Saturday 4 July||Torquay||Princess Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Sunday 5 July||Worthing||Pavilion Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Tuesday 7 July||Aldershot||Princes Hall*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Wednesday 8 July||Aylesbury||Waterside Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Thursday 9 July||Dorking||Dorking Halls||BOOK TICKETS|
|Friday 10 July||Hastings||White Rock Theatre||BOOK TICKETS|
|Saturday 11 July||Poole||Lighthouse||BOOK TICKETS|
|Tuesday 14 July||Cheltenham||Town Hall||BOOK TICKETS|
|Wednesday 15 July||New Brighton||Floral Pavilion*||BOOK TICKETS|
|Thursday 16 July||Bridlington||Bridlington Spa||BOOK TICKETS|
For more information visit www.vivaladivasshow.com