The show, which originated in Brighton in 1991, has previously played at the Roundhouse, Sadler's Well and the Vaudeville theatre, where it ran for five years before transferring to it's current home in September 2007 (See News, 19 Jul 2007). Its West End run, combined with several world tours, has meant the show has now been seen by more than 14 million people.
With that in mind, the creative team decided it was time for a relaunch, and have been gradually teaching the cast several new routines over the course of the last few months. Many of the changes were inspired by their large-scale Las Vegas version, entitled Stomp Out Loud.
According to press material, the new routines create the “ultimate redefinition of ‘surround sound'”, with sequences involving everything from paint cans to monster truck inner tubes that are “recycled into outsized Guiros, a Latin American percussion instrument, played by scraping the ridged sides with a stick”.
Stomp was created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, and is presented in the West End by Glynis Henderson Productions and Yes/No Productions. It's currently booking at the Ambassadors until 18 October 2009.
- by Theo Bosanquet