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MU to Protest Dirty Dancing's ‘Dirty Dealing', Aylesbury, 19 September

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is holding a demonstration in support of live music in theatres, in Aylesbury, on Monday 19 September at 6pm.

The MU is holding a demonstration prior to the performance of Dirty Dancing at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury at 6pm on Monday 19 September, in protest at the fact that the current production - dubbed the ‘ultimate live experience’ - features more recorded music and fewer live musicians than previous tours.

An unauthorised recording, made outside of the UK, is being used in this show and instead of the live band of ten or eight musicians used in previous productions; this show features only five musicians. Despite this scaled-back production, ticket prices remain comparable with all previous tours of Dirty Dancing.

Horace Trubridge, MU Assistant General Secretary says:

"In a musical, live musicians are a fundamental part of the show; for quality, audience enjoyment and value for money. The MU fought for more live music in the current production of Dirty Dancing, but the producer refused and therefore we believe the all-important musical element of the show is compromised.

"Returning fans keen to see this show based on their enjoyment of previous tours may be disappointed to witness the apparent cost-cutting changes that have been made.

"The MU believes that live theatre should be just that – live."

For further information please email Alex Mann ( or call 07875 409724.

Published: 16/09/2016

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