Dirty Dancing at Milton Keynes Theatre, until May 26. Review by Amanda Chalmers

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THERE cannot be many people on the planet unfamiliar with the iconic movie.

A spectacular showcase of dance, this stage adaptation of the show cannot disappoint even the most die hard of its fans.

The story, set in the 1960s, centres around the well-to-do Kellerman family.

Dr Kellerman employs a contingent of entertainers whose main purpose is to give guests a good time. But it’s when his daughter Baby is drawn into their behind-the-scenes world of ‘dirty dancing’ that her beliefs are challenged and their relationship becomes strained.

The class war being played out is fierce and real and, thanks to the medium of dance, extremely passionate.

Emily Holt (Baby) and Paul-Michael Jones (Johnny Castle) head up a talented cast and dance company. Highly tuned choeography brings the story to life in both a sensual and explosive manner.

As such, this love affair against the odds tale is as fresh today as it’s always been.

And the final dance number which follows the famous line: “No one puts Baby in the corner” has everyone in the theatre singing and toe tapping along to I’ve Had The Time of My Life. A fitting sentiment indeed.