Interview: Charlotte Gooch, Penny in Dirty Dancing

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Charlotte Gooch is currently reprising her performance as Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing, a role she first played sixteen years ago!

Dirty Dancing has returned to the Dominion Theatre ahead of a UK & Ireland tour. Based on the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing is written by Eleanor Bergstein, with direction by Federico Bellone and choreography by Austin Wilks.


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Charlotte first joined Dirty Dancing in 2007, understudying Penny at the Aldwych Theatre. She went on to play the role in the show’s first-ever national tour, West End revival at the Piccadilly Theatre and the original German production in Berlin.

Last year Charlotte starred as Kathy Selden in Jonathan Church’s production of Singin’ In The Rain (Sadlers Wells and UK/International tour) to huge acclaim. 

Some of her other theatre credits include: Alex Owens in Flashdance (International Tour), Tina Sparkle in Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Toronto), Dale Tremont in Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre/UK Tour), Margot in Legally Blonde (Korea), Bombalurina in Cats (European Tour) and Patty Simcox/understudy Sandy in Grease (UK Tour).

Dirty Dancing runs at the Dominion Theatre until 29th April. Visit for info and tickets. 

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