"The Feel-Good, Pick-Me-Up Musical" - Sunday Expess
Grease is the word! Former Olympic champion and Dancing on Ice judge Robin Cousins will now guest star as ‘Teen Angel' in Grease for further dates on the show's new tour including Torquay (30 August-10 September), Woking (19- 24 September) and Manchester (26 September- 8 October). The skating legend swapped the ice rink for the stage when he joined the cast of the smash hit musical on 6 May and is currently playing dates across the UK (including Milton Keynes, Bradford, Southampton, Oxford and Cardiff).
Following its electrifyin' 4 year London run, the hit West End show Grease began a new tour this spring. Back by popular demand, Grease premiered at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 6 May 2011 and continues to rock 'n' roll around the UK and Ireland. For the first time in over 5 years Grease will visit Milton Keynes, Bradford, Southampton, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin, Torquay, Woking, Manchester, Aylesbury, Blackpool, Sunderland, Liverpool, Norwich and Birmingham. Due to huge public demand, the tour will continue in 2012 with confirmed dates in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, Derry, Canterbury and many more. Further tour dates will be announced.
Danny Bayne stars as ‘Danny' with Carina Gillespie as his sweetheart ‘Sandy', as the couple follow in the footsteps of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John who famously played the roles in the hit 1978 movie.
The cast also includes: Ricky Rojas (‘Kenickie'), Kate Somerset How (‘Rizzo'), Derek Andrews (‘Roger'), Laura Wilson (‘Jan'), Richard Vincent (‘Doody'), Lauren Stroud (‘Frenchy'), Josh Dever (‘Sonny'), Lois Urwin (‘Marty'), Darren John (‘Eugene'), Sammy Kelly (‘Patty'), Nancy Hill ‘(Miss Lynch') and Sophie Zucchini (‘Cha Cha'), with other parts played by the ensemble.
Robin Cousins is one of Britain's most famous and best loved individual ice skaters. He retired from the ice rink in 2000, after 30 years on the ice and 20 years of professional skating. During his highly successful career, Robin won the World Free Skating Championship Gold medal three times (78, 79, 80) and rose to the top in 1980, winning World Championship Silver and capping his amateur career with the European Championship and Olympic Gold medals. He was awarded the M.B.E. that year, for his services to sport and skating, and more recently has been made an Official Team GB Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games. As a professional skater, Robin made several appearances as a guest star with Holiday on Ice and Ice Capades (USA) and as a director and choreographer, he has worked extensively on shows for the ice spectacular Holiday on Ice including Spirit (UK tour 2010). Robin's extensive choreographic credits include ice interpretations of The Wizard of Oz, Starlight Express and Disney's Toy Story and many shows for his own ice company such as Electric Ice, which enjoyed a worldwide tour and sell-out run in London.
Away from the ice, Robin has forged a successful career in theatre including starring roles Cats, The Rocky Horror Show (West End) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. He returned to the West End stage last year to guest star as ‘Teen Angel' in Grease and is reprising the role for the current tour. Robin recently resided as head judge on the ice panel of ITV1's hit show Dancing on Ice and continued in this role for the 2011 live tour of Dancing on Ice, before gliding into Grease on 6 May.
Talking about his role in Grease, Robin commented: "After being part of Grease in the West End last year, I am very excited to be joining this new, young and energetic cast to once again play ‘Teen Angel' in this fun and vibrant show. It get's everyone's feet tapping and I can't wait to see how the audiences will react across the country in the coming months."