Former Dancing on Ice winner and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestant Jake Quickenden is set to play Willard in the upcoming UK tour of Footloose The Musical.

Jake Quickenden

Source: Michael Wharley

Jake Quickenden will play the role Willard in the upcoming tour of Footloose.

The musical will return for a third UK tour, beginning at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 14th February 2022, with Jake Quickenden playing the part of Willard and joining the previously announced Darren Day as Reverend Moore.

Included in the run are major cities including Manchester (Opera House 28th February - 5th March 2022), Birmingham (Alexandra 18th - 23rd April 2022) and Cardiff (New Theatre 30th May - 4th June 2022), as well as smaller towns such as Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire (Waterside Theatre 9th - 14th May 2022) and Barnstaple in North Devon (Queen’s Theatre 11th - 16th July).

Quickenden first featured on television screens in The X Factor in 2012 and again in 2014 where he competed in the live shows followed by appearances on Chart Show TV, ITV’s Kelly’s Heroes, and as a regular panellist on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

Since then, he has gone on to win the 2018 season of Dancing on Ice and has most recently been seen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. 

When asked about appearing in the tour of Footloose The Musical, he said: “I can’t wait to get out on tour. After such a strange and difficult time we will finally be able to join our friends and family in the theatre for a truly feel-good night out.

“This show is packed full of amazing 80s hits I can’t think of a better tonic for 2022.”

Quickenden’s co-star Darren Day has starred in several theatre productions including We Will Rock You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease among others.

Day added: “I was a teenager in the 80s, which is such an impressionable age for movies and music.

“This is one of the most iconic films and soundtracks from my teenage years. I can remember hearing Footloose on the radio for the first time and thinking… what a tune!”

The show follows the story of city boy Ren who moves to a rural town in America only to find his passions for dancing and rock music are banned. He then takes matters into his own hands to get the whole town on its feet.

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