Rip It Up West End: Who’s the mystery cast member?

Beatlemania. Moon landing. James Bond. Rip It Up is reviving all the iconic sights and sounds of the 60s in one thrilling show! After last year’s 50s-themed production, the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off presents a 60s spectacular, complete with the music of The Rolling Stones, The Who, the Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye–and of course The Beatles. Performances start in February 2019.

Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith and people’s champion Aston Merrygold are the stars of this psychedelic celebration. Backing them will be the Rip It Up live band and a supporting cast of singers and dancers.

But there’s more news on the horizon. Rip It Up recently announced that Harry, Aston and Louis will be joined by a new lead cast member. Who could it be?

Rip It Up new cast member
For the record, we don’t think the mystery cast member is Ringo Starr.

The Magical Mystery Cast Member

Rip It Up sure hasn’t given many hints about who the mystery cast member will be. So we decided to look at the cast of last year’s show for some ideas.

Rip It Up Dancing Through the 50s featured Strictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe, Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith. Could one of them be reappearing in the show? Natalie Lowe could certainly draw a crowd, and people have been clamoring for her to return to Strictly Come Dancing.

Here’s another idea: the last Rip It Up show featured Radio 2’s Leo Green and his 50s band. Maybe another musician or radio personality is destined to join the show.

Then again, we’d love to see an actual icon from the 60s join the cast! A big name star like Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan seems unlikely. But perhaps a Beach Boy? Or one of the Doors? Some of these rockers are still rocking hard!

The Big Reveal

Tickets are now on-sale, so we can reveal who the mystery cast member is here!

Rip It Up

Venue: Garrick Theatre

2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH

First performance: Thursday 7th February 2019, 7:30pm

Press night: Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7pm 

Last performance: Sunday 2nd June 2019, 7:30pm

Performance Schedule
Wednesday 2pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 7.30pm
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 2pm & 7.30pm
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