Footloose The Musical has announced its full cast for its 2020 UK tour.
Gareth Gates will appear in the role of Willard until 26 September except 5 to 9 May, 13 to 17 May, 6 to 12 June and 10 to 15 August.
He'll be joined by Darren Day as Reverend Moore.
Completing the cast are Geri Allen, Holly Ashton, Jess Barker, Ben Barrow, Alex Fobbester, Josh Hawkins, Lucy Ireland. Evie Rose Lane, Ben Mabberley, Daniel Miles, Tom Mussell, Samantha Richards, Dionne Ward Anderson and Anna Westlake.
The hit musical tells the story of city boy Ren who moves to a rural American town where dancing and rock music are banned. Based on the 1980s movie of the same name, Ren soon has the whole town on his feet in his attempt to overturn the ban.
Gareth said: “I’m thrilled to be back playing the role of Willard in the 2020 UK tour of Footloose. I had so much fun the first time around that I jumped at the chance to play such an exciting role again.
"I was born in 1984, the year ‘Footloose’ the movie was first released; I used to watch the movie lots as a kid not knowing some years later I’d be playing the ‘cowboy that can’t dance’ on stages up and down the country. I’m a terrible dancer, so it’s pretty much Life imitating Art!”
“The show is packed with classic 80s hits – and audiences get to see a little more of me than they bargained for! I can’t wait to be back on tour with such an incredible show."
Darren added: "I’m truly happy and excited to be a part of this brilliant production. I was a teenager in the 80’s, which is such an impressionable age for movies and music. This is one of the most iconic films and soundtracks from my teenage years. I can remember hearing Footloose on the radio for the first time and thinking… what a tune!
"It’s been a while since I went out on tour with a musical and am very much looking forward to going back to my musical theatre roots around the UK. See you all in the Spring!”