The musical is currently booking until the 20th August 2022.

(c)Michael Wharley

It has been announced that JLS’s Aston Merrgold is set to star as Willard in the current UK tour of Footloose the Musical at His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen (25th to the 30th July), Glasgow Kings Theatre (1st to the 6th August) and New Wimbledon Theatre (15th-20th August).

He joins Darren Day as Reverend Moore with Lucy Munden (Ariel), Oonagh Cox (Rusty), Anna Westlake (Lulu) Alex Fobbester (Bickle) Ben Barrow (Wes) Ben Mabberley (Jeter) Geri Allen (Ethel) Holly Ashton (Vi), Jess Barker (Wendy-Jo) Joshua Hawkins (Ren) Samantha Richards (Urleen) Tom Mussell (Chuck) and Daniel Miles and Lucy Ireland as off-stage swings.

With JLS, Aston Merrygold has sold over 10 million records, including five Number 1 hits and numerous awards. Whilst the band took a seven year break, Aston made strides in his solo career appearing in the West End, on Strictly Come Dancing and releasing his platinum debut single ‘Get Stupid’ and more recently ‘Overboard’ and ‘Share a Coke’. Talking about the news he said: “I’m delighted to be joining the phenomenal cast of Footloose.  Willard is a superb role and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of stepping into such a lovable, comedy part and performing on these amazing stages. Footloose is just the best night out and I guarantee if you come along you’ll leave with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. I’m so looking forward to working with this team and I can’t wait to see you all there.”

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 hit 1980’s film, Footloose the Musical is directed by Racky Plews, with choreography from Matt Cole, musical supervision by Mark Crossland, design by Sara Perks with lighting design from Chris Davey and sound design from Chris Whybrow. It is presented by Selladoor Productions, Runaway Entertainment and Jason Haigh Ellery.

To find out more about the UK tour visit: https://footloose-musical.com/