Devon performer Luke Friend joins Footloose cast for Torquay show

Singer Luke Friend, who grew up in Devon, joins the cast of Footloose the Musical for their show at Torquay’s Princess Theater in August. Luke, who rose to fame after finishing third in the 10th series of The X Factor in 2013, will play the role of Willard.

The critically acclaimed tour kicked off in February and continues to delight audiences across the UK. Luke, who originated the role of Willard in Zurich earlier this year, has received numerous accolades as a musician and has supported The Vamps on several arena tours.

Alongside this, the 26-year-old has been seen on stages across the UK in recent years, playing St. Jimmy’s in the UK and New Zealand on American Idiot’s 10th anniversary tour, appearing in the original cast recordings and workshops of new musicals Summer Survival and Game Theory and featured in LIFT, a musical out of the West End.

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A huge hit with Torquay audiences during panto season at the Princess, Luke still loves coming home to Devon. Luke said: “I’m extremely excited to be back in the role of Willard and this amazing theater. Footloose is an amazing show, with a fantastic cast – it’s such a fun night in the 80s and the audience always leaves energized. The buzz about this show is contagious and coming home to Devon with this production is such a treat.

“I love the crowds at the Princess Theater and can’t wait to see the people of Torquay get up and go wild! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Additional cast remains including Darren Day as Reverend Moore with Lucy Munden (Ariel), Oonagh Cox (Rusty), Anna Westlake (Lulu), Alex Fobbester (Bickle), Ben Barrow (Wes), Ben Mabberley (Jeter) , Geri Allen (Ethel), Holly Ashton (Vi), Jess Barker (Wendy-Jo), Joshua Hawkins (Ren), Samantha Richards (Urleen), Tom Mussell (Chuck), and Daniel Miles and Lucy Ireland as offstage swings.

City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a remote rural part of America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives in Bomont to find that dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, Ren soon has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.

Based on the 1980s on-screen sensation that took the world by storm, Footloose The Musical is sizzling with wit, fun and some of Britain’s finest musical talent. With cutting-edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and, of course, the unforgettable title track Footloose.

Footloose the Musical takes place at the Princess Theater from Tuesday, August 9 through Saturday, August 13. Tickets, from £13, can be purchased here.

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