Brendan Cole will be joined by fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Aliona Vilani for his Licence to Thrill tour, which comes to Aberdeen Music Hall on March 11 and Inverness Eden Court on March 12 and 13.
She will be stepping into the leading lady shoes for the tour after French Dancing with the Stars champion Fauve Hautot pulled out having injured her cruciate ligaments in her knee.
“It is such a shame to not have Fauve returning to join me for the tour, she is a phenomenal dancer and will very much be missed on the tour,” said Brendan.
“However I am really excited to have Aliona stepping into her shoes. Having worked with her on Strictly since 2009 I know what an incredible dancer she is and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the show.”
Aliona joined the Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and was runner-up in 2010 before going on to take the Glitterball Trophy in 2011 with McFly’s Harry Judd.
Brendan and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Sophie Ellis-Bextor have been thrilling BBC One audiences with their breathtaking routines and stunning choreography and he plans to bring that magic to theatres on the 48-date tour around the country, kicking off on January 16 in Eastbourne.
Brendan presented his new show Licence To Thrill, the eagerly anticipated follow up to his debut theatre tour Live and Unjudged, in 2013 to rave reviews around the country.
He hosts this sleek and sophisticated show with his phenomenal cast of 14 musicians and six world class dancers, dazzling audiences with scintillating music and choreography in a two-hour dance and big band extravaganza.
The Waltzes and Foxtrots will take audiences on an emotional journey of beauty and sophistication while the fast paced Quicksteps, Tangos and American Smooths will simply take their breath away. The excitement of the Latin dances with the likes of Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa and Jive will have people itching to get up and join in right there in their seats while enjoying all of the passion of a dance show offering it all!
The band is lead by musical director Barry Robinson and includes the brilliant vocalists Ian Mackenzie and Julie Maguire and some of Britain’s best musicians. On stage throughout the show they will perform songs from across the decades from Nat King Cole to Gladys Knight to Michael Bublé.
“There is a small nod to James Bond with the music,” added Brendan. “One of the big songs is Gladys Knight's Licence to Kill (hence the Licence to Thrill title) and there is a dance-off between the males in Live and Let Die.”
Brendan’s stellar dance cast includes Australian dancer Melanie Hooper, who first joined Brendan for the final run of his Live and Unjudged tour, Germany’s Patrick Helm, who has been assisting the artistic director on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing as well as performing in a number of the professional dances, and home grown dancer Crystal Main. Completing the dance line-up is Brendan’s brother Scott who always brings something unique to the evening.
“My dance cast is truly international with a collective CV from competition, theatre, stage and television! I'm very lucky to have a cast that have been in Dancing with the Stars around the world as well as stars from the Broadway hit Burn the Floor and, of course, Strictly Come Dancing. With this wealth of talent we will ensure audiences have the best seat in the house, every night, all night and I can't wait to see the show back out in theatres again.”
Tickets for Licence to Thrill at Aberdeen Music Hall on March 11 are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre