Russell as a teen

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Russell Grant as Teen Angel in Grease the musical at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

Since breaking out on Broadway in 1972, Grease’s place has been firmly established in the cultural hall of fame. It’s the original high-school musical featuring everyone’s favourite characters – Sandy, Danny, the groovy T Birds, the sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High – with all the unforgettable songs including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

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Following in the footsteps of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John who famously played the iconic roles in the 1978 movie is Danny Bayne starring as Danny Zuko and Carina Gillespie as his sweetheart Sandy, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant guest starring as Teen Angel.

Danny Bayne won ITV’s Grease is the Word TV programme, and went on to make his West End debut as Danny, playing the role for over two years at the Piccadilly Theatre to sell-out audiences. He was also seen in Manchester last summer playing the role of Corny Collins in Hairspray at the Opera House.

Carina Gillespie trained at the Liverpool Theatre School and made her professional stage debut as Maria Elena in the hugely successful musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.  Carina recently made her West End debut as Sandy in Grease.

Russell Grant found international fame becoming the Astrologer Royal, but before this had a successful acting career in theatre, television and film. He recently captured the attention of the nation – as an unlikely contender – and fulfilled his professional dream of learning to dance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Returning to his theatrical roots, Russell has just completed a successful season as ‘The Wizard’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

Voted the “No 1 Greatest Musical by Channel 4 viewers Grease is the ultimate feel-good, pick-me up musical. It returned to the West End in July 2007 and during its triumphant run, played over 1,500 performances and was seen by over 1.5 million theatregoers at the Piccadilly Theatre (where it became the longest running show in the venue’s history).

Grease closed in London on 30 April 2011 after a hugely successful four years and immediately began this hit tour – which enjoyed a hit two-week run at the Palace Theatre last autumn, returning now by popular demand.


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