Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Joanne Clifton have announced a socially distanced tour this autumn.
The brother and sister pair will perform a special show, An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton, to socially distanced audiences across the UK including London’s West End.
The siblings were originally due to tour together for the first time earlier this year in the world’s leading Ballroom show, Burn The Floor before the pandemic forced its postponement.
While the tour has been successfully rescheduled to 2021, Kevin will now be headlining it without his sister, as Joanne’s prior commitments mean she is no longer available.
However the pair were still keen to work with one another and now will perform a special intimate show this autumn.
An Evening With… will give audiences a glimpse into the Clifton’s dancing lives, from young children growing up in a dancing family, to the successful performers they are today.
They will sing songs from their CD, share stories of their dancing lives, and perform some favourite Ballroom and Latin dances with their professional partners.
Kevin said: “Although we all miss performing and producing live shows and it is great to be able to get back on stage, we know people’s health and safety is paramount. Myself, Joanne and our producers feel a responsibility to the theatre industry to help rebuild audience confidence, so that one day theatres will be full again.”
Producer Paul Irving of Strictly Theatre Co. added: “We feel this is a great way to support venues across the country, as well as provide work for freelancers from the theatre industry who have had limited support over the last six months.
“The aim is to boost audience confidence levels so that they feel safe to come to a theatre and watch live shows again. It also gives venues the opportunity to perfect safe social distancing measures.”
The production is suitable for a socially distanced audience and is being created and toured with the audience, theatre staff, cast and crew safety at the forefront.
The tour opens at Kings Theatre, Portsmouth on the October 29, stopping at venues across the country until a night in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre on December 1.
Tickets are on sale now at most venues and can be booked directly through the theatres or at www.kevinandjoanne.com.