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May 16th - May 21st



Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever with the incredible Jake Quickenden (Dancing on Ice winner, Hollyoaks, Dreamboys, Hair,  Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure) as loveable cowboy Willard and the legendary Darren Day (TV personality and star of numerous West End and National tours including Mame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease and Summer Holiday).

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 sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With 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.

Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes (including interval)

★★★★ “A Roaring Success” Yorkshire Times

★★★★ “You leave feeling like you can change the world” Manchester Evening News

This event was originally due to take place during July 2020/May 2021. We have contacted all existing ticketholders to either transfer or refund tickets. If you have a query please call the box office on 01684 892277 (Mon-sat, 9.30am-5.30pm).



May 16th
May 21st
Event Category:


Festival Theatre
Grange Road
Malvern, WR14 3HB


Mon Eve & Wed Mat: £40.32, £38.08, £34.72, £31.36, £28.00
Tues-Thurs Eves & Sat Mat: £42.56, £40.32, £36.96, £33.60, £30.24
Fri & Sat Eves: £44.80, £42.56, £39.20, £35.84, £32.48
Concessions & members discounts apply
Under 26s £16.80
Prices include 12% booking fee
Show Times:
Monday 16th - Saturday 21st May 2022
Evenings at 7:30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm

Event Reviews

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  • Becky

    Absolutely brilliant performance from all involved. I’ve been going to see West End shows for over 25 years and this was as enjoyable as some of the big names. Malvern theatre was a lovely venue too and the view from the back of the circle was perfect. Fab night, thanks!

  • Linda

    Excellent performance ?
    Thoroughly enjoyed by all our party. Age ranging from 14yrs and 76yrs

  • Chelsea

    Brilliant show shame about Darren day but the rest of the cast shone as brightly and jake quickenden was fabulous really enjoyed from start to finish.

  • Brian Taylor Taylor

    Not knowing any of the intended stars of the show my partner and I weren't disappointed when they didn't appear. Nor did we know what the story actually was before going to see it.

    It was a fast moving all action event we both thoroughly enjoyed. A bit too fast moving at times for our complete enjoyment perhaps, but well worth going to see.

  • View from the Stalls

    Not a very auspicious start to this week's long-awaited show. Postponed in both 2020 and 2021, Monday's performance of Footloose had the audience waiting for an hour in the auditorium before the show was abandoned before it had even begun as, apparently, the touring company had not factored in sufficient time to get the set onto the smaller Malvern stage (having seen the production a month ago in Birmingham, it was clear how much of a squeeze it was).

    And then on Tuesday and without any prior warning or notification in the foyer (even the box office was unaware), a number of cast replacements were announced on stage. So no Darren Day then.

    At least the show itself, once it finally got started, in no way disappointed.

    The remaining star name was Jake Quickenden (Dancing On Ice winner) who played Willard Hewitt, the quiet, shy lad who is not sure how to get the girl but the main couple involved in the show are Joshua Hawkins who plays Ren and Lucy Munden as Ariel, the daughter of a Reverend with whom she has a very claustrophobic relationship. Ren is about to change all that. Joshua in particular excelled in the role, with his boyish charm and forming a very believable bromance with Jake as together they take on the town's rules about no dancing and no singing.

    Based on the film of the same name starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose tells the story of young Ren who moves with his mother from Chicago to bible-belt America after his father leaves the family home. But Bomont is a town held back by a tragic story which, over 5 years, has had a big impact on the town and on the Reverend himself. Ren unexpectedly finds that he has something in common with the preacher who banned all entertainment (apart from the game of bridge apparently). With hit songs throughout such as Let's Hear It For The Boy, Holding Out For A Hero, the earworm which is Somebody's Eyes and obviously the title track, the show bristles with energy, particularly in the second half, as Ren works to change the opinions of the town's elders and, during a great rendition of Let's Hear It For The Boy, Willard transforms from gangly awkward youth to confident dancer, in doing so predictably getting the biggest cheer from the ladies in the audience…

    All the music is played live on stage with the multi-talented cast making this a real ensemble piece and justifiably had the audience on their feet and, during the final extended "megamix" curtain call, singing along to the reprise of songs with Joshua milking the audience response for all its worth.

    Footloose, it's been a while. Malvern welcomes you back!

  • Isla

    I loved it even though it had bad things I loved it

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