The London production of “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage” will shutter July 9 after more than 4 1/2 years at the Aldwych Theater ahead of a two-year U.K. tour.
“Dirty Dancing” opened in London in October 2006 with a record-breaking £15 million ($24 million) box office advance, has played to almost 2 million people and is the longest runner in the history of the Aldwych. The tour, which has already taken in £10 million ($16 million), opens a six-week engagement at the Bristol Hippodrome Sept. 1 before going on to Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Aberdeen, Southampton and Milton Keynes. Further dates will be announced shortly.
Prior to the “Dirty Dancing” run, the 1,163-seat Aldwych was traditionally a playhouse rather than a tuner venue. Producer Michael Codron, who manages the theater on behalf of the Nederlander Organization, told Variety that no show has yet been inked in to replace it.