This is an excellent new stage production based on the hit 1984 movie.

Chicago teenager Ren McCormack – brilliantly played by Arthur Janes – is forced to move with his separated mother to Bomont, an American rural backwater.

He attends the local high school, settles in, but is amazed to learn that the small town has banned dancing. This is because the local preacher – magnificently portrayed by Matt Stockham – considers it unsuitable for young people, as his son and three other locals were killed in a car crash returning home after a night out clubbing.

Featuring a multi-talented young cast who act, sing and dance with infectious vitality, this is a hugely enjoyable show. They’re supported by a superb live five-piece band, featuring Peter Connolly on sizzling lead guitar.

American accents are spot-on, stage sets are wonderfully imaginative, vocal harmonies are full and rich, costumes are colourfully convincing, and Caroline Barnes’ choreography sparkles. Swish Of The Curtain Theatre excel!

This lively musical features some memorable numbers – Somebody’s Eyes encapsulates small town intrusive atmosphere, I’m Holding Out For A Hero is a punchy hooky rock song, Let’s Hear It For The Boy is a feel-good anthem, and the iconic title number Footloose brought a standing ovation, staying in your mind long after the curtain falls.

This sensational musical sizzles with the spirit of youth, rebellion and romance.

Footloose runs until Saturday, matinees every day.