Trio of Strictly stars announce 29-date Viva La Divas tour

By Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Janette Manrara, Katya Jones and Nadiya Bychkova are joining forces for a UK tour celebrating history’s great pop divas.

Viva La Divas will see the trio channel Hollywood’s golden age, Broadway and the West End as they pay homage to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Beyonce, Judy Garland and Celine Dion.

The 29-date tour will see the ballroom stars visit York, Birmingham, Cardiff and London backed by a cast of dancers and singers.

Katya Jones was paired with Mike Bushell on the last series of Strictly (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

It will run from June 14 to July 16, including a matinee and evening performance at London’s Aldwych Theatre on July 12.

Jones said: “To tour Viva La Divas across this beautiful country this summer with two incredible dancers, who happen to be my very close friends, is a dream come true.

“How the three of us managed to keep everything a secret for so long I’ll never know! Finally, we can shout it from the roof tops: girls on tour! It’s going to be epic.”

Manrara said: “I am so excited to be touring the UK with two of my best friends, Katya and Nadiya – and what a show it’s going to be.

Janette Manrara (Ian West/PA)

“We’re going to be celebrating the glitz, the glamour and style of the greatest divas in showbiz.

“We’re going to have so much fun bringing this show to audiences across the UK and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a blast!”

Bychkova said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Viva La Divas tour this summer. We have an incredible team working on what will be a dazzling show that I can’t wait for audiences everywhere to see.

“It’s going to be a stunning spectacle full of the elegance, style and attitude befitting of the greatest divas’ legacies.

Nadiya Bychkova (Matt Crossick/PA)

“And to be touring with two incredible friends in Janette and Katya is simply the dream team!”

Former Strictly judge Dame Darcey Bussell and Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins starred in the original production of the show in 2007.

A venue ticket pre-sale will take place from 10am on January 29 with general sale tickets becoming available at 10am on January 31.

The full list of dates can be found at vivaladivasshow.com