Principal Cast announced for Dirty Dancing's West End return

Principal Cast announced for Dirty Dancing's West End return

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Ahead of its return to the West End on Saturday 13 July, DIRTY DANCING has announced the principle cast who'll take to the stage at the Piccadilly Theatre. Reprising their roles from previous versions of the production, Jill Winternitz will play ‘Baby’, Paul-Michael Jones will play ‘Johnny Castle’ and Charlotte Gooch will play ‘Penny Johnson’.

    American Winternitz has been playing the iconic role of Frances 'Baby' Houseman on the UK tour. The RADA-trained actress has appeared in such films as The Sorrows and The Replacement Child. Her theatre credits include Ophelia in Hamlet and The Prioress in The Canterbury Tales (Queen Mary 2); Wounded (Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble); Nina in The Seagull (MXAT) and Sunday in the Park with George (Interlochen Center for the Arts).

    Manchester native Paul-Michael Jones returns as the much-loved Johnny, having performed in the DIRTY DANCING national tour since 2011. His previous theatre credits include the West End production of Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre; Never Forget (UK tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); We Will Rock You (Cologne) and the European tour of Fame – the Musical. Jones has previously represented England as a Latin American and Ballroom Dancer at The World Championships in Singapore.

    The role of dancer ‘Penny Johnson’ will be played by Charlotte Gooch. Most recently seen on the West End stage as ‘Dale Tremont’ in Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, this is Gooch's return to the DIRTY DANCING stage production. She previously performed as a member of the 2011-2012 touring cast as well as in the Berlin production, in addition to understudying the role in the original London show. Her theatre credits also include the UK tour of Grease; the European tour of Cats; and Fly With The Stars at the Palladium.

    Book your DIRTY DANCING tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre today and have the time of your life!