Fever pitch for Manchester

Published: 4 January 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Saturday Night Fever Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

TV soap star Richard Winsor, also a celebrated principal dancer in Matthew Bourne’s productions of Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands, Play Without Words and Swan Lake, leads the cast of Saturday Night Fever in the role of Tony Manero when it comes to Manchester Opera House later this month.

He will be joined by Olivia Fines as his dancing partner Stephanie.

The show is a stage version of the hit movie which follows one man’s reckless road to dancing success. The musical features the Bee Gees’ greatest hits including "Stayin’ Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Night Fever", "Tragedy" and "More Than a Woman", with this production also using added Bee Gees songs including "Too Much Heaven" and "Words".

Another feature of this performance is the onstage appearance, high above the stage, of Jake Byrom, Oliver Thomson and James Hudson playing and singing the Bee Gees’ music.

The album remains the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time.

Richard Winsor was in medical drama Casualty from 2014–2017 playing the role of Caleb Knight. Other screen credits include Frances in Hollyoaks and Tomas in StreetDance 3D.

Saturday Night Fever runs from January 25 to 29.