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Stepping Out
Stepping Out performing at the Vaudeville

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Type of production: Play
Opened: 01 March 2017
Booking until: 17 June 2017
Running time: 2 hours 20 mins
Prices: £26.00 - £110.00
Amanda Holden heads a phenomenal cast in this wonderfully funny and heart-warming comedy which charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala...

Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell, There's haughty Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy; bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy; eager Lynne and cheerful Rose and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

Directed by triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, the stellar cast also includes Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicola Stephenson, Natalie Casey, Dominic Rowan, Judith Barker, Sandra Marvin and Jessica-Alice McCluskey.

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Tamzin Outhwaite has had to temporarily withdraw from the West End production of Stepping Out, which starts preview performances this week at the Vaudeville Theatre ahead of an official opening on 14 March. The heart-warming comedy charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class led by their ever patient teacher, Mavis.

Outhwaite was due to play the role of Mavis. However in an unfortunate twist of fate, she has been forced to temporarily withdraw from the production with a stress fracture of her foot. Stepping into Outhwaite's tap shoes until she has been given the medical all-clear to rejoin the production will be Anna-Jane Casey (West Side Story, Chicago and Billy Elliot), who will temporarily join the cast from next week, prior to which the role will be played by Outhwaite's understudy Katie Verner.

Anna-Jane Casey joins sister Natalie Casey (as bubbly Sylvia) and the previously announced Amanda Holden (as perfectionist Vera), Tracy-Ann Oberman (as the mouthy Maxine), and Nicola Stephenson (as shy Dorothy). Further cast in the West End are: Judith Barker, Jessica-Alice McCluskey, Sandra Marvin and Dominic Rowan with Janet Behan, Suzy Bloom, Emma Hook, Marcia Mantack and Nick Warnford.

Amanda Holden commented: "It is sad to lose Tamzin. It is ironic and, of course, in keeping with the theme of the show in many ways. However, we can assure everyone who comes a fun and entertaining evening and we can't wait to get started with the previews. We look forward to Tamzin returning very soon."


Amanda Holden will join Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, One Man Two Guvnors), Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Boeing-Boeing), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Sweet Charity, How The Other Half Loves) and Nicola Stephenson (Brookside, Holby City, War Horse) in Stepping Out when Richard Harris's award-winning comedy opens at London's Vaudeville Theatre with preview performances from 1 March 2017.

Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging of the wonderfully funny and heart-warming play will first tour the UK from 12 October 2016 including dates in Bath, Richmond, Cambridge and Chichester. Further casting for the West End production is still to be confirmed.

The uplifting comedy originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren, winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. It has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters, Liza Minnelli and Shelley Winters.

One of the UK's best-loved personalities, Amanda Holden plays Vera. Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004 for her leading role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, she also starred in the U.K. premiere of Shrek The Musical as Princess Fiona. Her numerous television credits include Wild at Heart, Kiss Me Kate, The Grimleys, Big Top and This Morning. She has been a judge on the award-winning Britain's Got Talent throughout all of its ten series.