New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, to re-open with Strictly Cabaret X starring Ray Quinn and Kristina Rihanoff
A star-studded return to live shows is being planned at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, as X Factor and Strictly stars collide.
Five performances on Strictly Cabaret X are spread out between May 21 and June 19.
The new, socially-distanced, in-house production promises iconic songs and fabulous dance routines.
It stars X Factor’s Ray Quinn as the lead male singer. Alongside his successful music career, Ray has appeared in Hollyoaks and is a double winner of ITV’s Dancing On Ice. His theatre credits include Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease, and principal roles in the UK tours of The Wedding Singer and Summer Holiday.
The show will also feature six professional ballroom dancers, including national champions, led by Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff. Kristina, a multi-award winner dancer who has also appeared on Dancing With The Stars in the US and in West End’s Burn The Floor.
Theatre fans may remember Kristina from when she visited the New Theatre Royal in 2018 and 2020 in her own production, Dance to the Music.
Joining them will be Zoe Hanna May and Lucy Kane, as singers. Both appeared separately on ITV’s The Voice (2017) securing places on Sir Tom Jones’ team.
There will be performances on Friday, May 21, Friday, May 28, Friday, June 11, Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19.
Zoe also starred as Maid Marian in the New Theatre Royal’s 2019 Christmas pantomime Robin Hood. Lucy, a singer-songwriter, has been recording music for the last seven years and is the daughter of TV presenter Linda Lusardi and actor Samuel Kane.
Strictly Cabaret X is produced and directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Natalie Hayes-Cowley, choreographed by Kristina Rihanoff, with musical direction from Joel Burgess.
Natalie Hayes-Cowley said, “This is an incredibly ambitious production for us due to the pandemic. However, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to produce a new genre of show to welcome audiences back to the theatre, giving our patrons an evening of the glitz and glamour of cabaret.”