Footloose The Musical, Sunderland Empire

What’s it about?

City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned.

Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.

Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose The Musical sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent.


Who’s in it?

Each and every member of the cast gave an outstanding performance. Everything from stage presence, to dance numbers and incredible vocals, the whole performance had us mesmerised from start to finish.

Starring in this must-see show is Joshua Hawkins as Ren, Jake Quickenden as Willard and Darren Day as Reverend Moore, alongside Anna Westlake (Lulu) Alex Fobbester (Bickle) Ben Barrow (Wes) Ben Mabberley (Jeter) Geri Allen (Ethal) Holly Ashton (Vi) Jess Barker (Wendi-Jo) Samantha Richards (Urleen) Tom Mussell (Chuck) and Daniel Miles and Lucy Ireland as off-stage swings.

We also think the incredible team behind this production deserve a special mention. Footloose The Musical is presented by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment with casting by Debbie O’Brien, and is directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crossland and design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow.


What’s good about it?

As well as cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.



The musical numbers are a significant highlight of the show. As each crowd-pleasing hit is roared out into the crowd, each and every audience member immediately jumps out of their seat to join in with the 80s extravaganza.

Guaranteed you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a swing in your step.


Who should see it?

If the film is one of your all-time favourites, then you’re going to love this! And if you haven’t watched it, even better, you get to enjoy this experience for the first time.

So, if 80s classics paired with impressive dance routines sounds like you’re thing, then swing by the Sunderland Empire to see the action come to life on stage.


When is it on?

Footloose will be running at Sunderland Empire from Monday 6 June 2022 – Saturday 11 June 2022. Tickets are priced from £13 and are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615 or online at

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