Du Beke and Boag have been professional dance partners since 1997. They have both also appeared in all eight series of TV competition Strictly Come Dancing, on which du Beke’s celebrity partners have included Lesley Garrett, Patsy Palmer and former MP Ann Widdecombe, and Boag’s have included sportsmen Colin Jackson, Peter Schmeichel and Peter Shilton, Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable and comedian Julian Clary.
Following three previous live tours, Let’s Do It will see the pair dance to musical theatre classics by the likes of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Kander & Ebb and Cole Porter, including ‘An American in Paris’, ‘Fascinating Rhythm’, ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’, ‘Cavatina’, ‘Blue Danube Waltz’ and ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. They’ll be joined by singer Lance Ellington, guest dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.
Commenting on the new tour, Anton Du Beke said: “Erin and I love the connection we make with a live audience. We are delighted that as well as making a welcome return to many venues around the country we look forward to performing at several new locations for the first time.”
Following Northampton, Let’s Do It will visit Bournemouth, Croydon, Sheffield, Liverpool, Stoke on Trent, Hull, Belfast, Dublin, Nottingham, York, Gateshead, Brighton, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Reading, Portsmouth, London, Eastbourne, Cardiff, Bristol, Leicester, Aylesbury, Llandudno, Manchester, Watford, Derby, Basingstoke and Birmingham, where the current schedule concludes on 18 March. Let’s Do It is produced by Raymond Gubbay.
Other Strictly Come Dancing stars who’ve found success with their own stage shows include Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, who, with the backing of former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, are transferring their Midnight Tango to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in January following an extensive tour.