Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) are looking forward to welcoming Strictly Confidential to the AECC Arena  for four performances (including matinees) from 19th – 21st July 2013.

Following the continued success of BBC One’s ratings-winning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, Craig Revel Horwood’s brand new show, ‘Strictly Confidential’ will give theatre audiences the chance to get up close and personal with some of the stars of the show. Lisa Riley, Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite will take fans on an intimate journey into their backgrounds and motivations live on stage, giving audiences a personal insight into what led them to their Strictly Come Dancing adventure.

The brand new show, written and directed by Revel Horwood, the country’s most notorious TV entertainment judge, will take fans on an epic journey told through music, song and breathtaking dance routines. The two month tour will premiere in theatres across the UK from June next year.

Actress Lisa Riley is best known for her role in Emmerdale, and is currently starring in Series 10 of the ratings-winning BBC One show, commented: “When I first signed up to Strictly I had no idea that I’d be able to ballroom dance, so I was thrilled to be asked to do the live tour. Being able to be a part of Strictly Confidential as well is such a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to continue working with Craig, Artem, Natalie and Ian well into next year.”

Ian Waite has twice reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing with partners Zoe Ball and Denise Lewis. His story started when he began dancing at the age of 10, going on to become the European Youth Latin American Champion, before joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2004. Four times Australian Dance Champion Natalie Lowe joined the Strictly family in Series 7 and reached the final in her debut year as Ricky Whittle’s dance partner. Artem Chigvintsev joined Strictly in 2008, dancing with Kara Tointon and eventually winning the series. Artem is a hugely popular dancer in the UK, but his love of dance actually began soon after he was born in Russia in 1982. Inspired by his mother, he started dance classes at an early age.

Craig Revel Horwood, who also directs the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tours says: “It’s exciting to give fans an autobiographical take on this hit show, whilst also incorporating some of the shows favourite moments. I’ve been working on Strictly Confidential for a while now and it’s a dream that everything is all coming together.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director commented: “The announcement of Strictly Confidential last week received a great response and we are looking forward to welcoming TV favourites Lisa Riley, Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite to the AECC Arena in the summer of 2013.”

Tickets for the show will be on-sale from Tuesday 11th December priced from £19.50 to £39.50 and are available from Ticketmaster on 08444 77 9000 or online at

Matinee performances are on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July and evening performances on Friday 19th – Saturday 20th July 2013.


For further press/media information please contact Sarah Coutts, PR & MarketingExecutive at AECC on (01224) 330430; email: [email protected]


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