GIRLS heading to the King’s theatre this week may just have the time of their lives.
Yes, gracing the stage is that 80s film, now a cult classic and no doubt the central focus of any teenage sleepover over the past 10 years — Dirty Dancing.
The show is the fastest-selling in the history of London’s west end, proving that even die-hard fans have forgiven it the regrettable 2004 sequel – and perhaps even the upcoming remake.
It’s a sad truth that classic films can be written off as somehow incomplete without an updated dash of street dance and a newer, skinnier star, but it’s also often the case that a stage show proves just as popular as the original.
After all the Dirty Dancing.story of good girl meets bad boy is perfect for musical theatre.
For those who don’t recognise it yet, the plot follows Frances Baby Houseman, a 17-year-old daddy’s girl on family holiday in the summer of 1963.
Instead of joining in with the resort activities, Baby sneaks off to the staff quarters to learn some new moves from leather jacket-clad dance instructor Johnny Castle – but dad soon finds out, and he doesn’t approve.
Dance sequences are accompanied by 50s and 60s classics by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Otis Redding and The Shirelles, as well as the film’s own signature songs, She’s Like the Wind (written and recorded by Patrick Swayze, no less) and Time of My Life.
The film also spawned the line nobody puts Baby in a corner, now a common pop culture reference (as well as the ultimate line for Swayze fans to swoon over).
Alright, so it’s probably one to leave the other half at home for – but there can be no bigger cause for a girly night out than a chance to see that final dance sequence in the flesh, and relive that girlhood dream that you could perfect that lift.
n Dirty Dancing appears at the King’s theatre until November 12. Various performance times and tickets start at £12.35, available from 0844 871 7648.