Stomp Turns 13, Continues Breaking Records
| By Jacob Porteous
Celebrations began early for Stomp in London, with two record-breaking performances at the Ambassadors Theatre on Saturday 14 February. The evening show was the highest grossing performance of any production in the 102-year history of the theatre. It was also the highest grossing Saturday matinee in the theatre's history, meaning Box Office records were broken twice on Valentine’s Day.
Celebrations will continue on Monday 11 May, when Stomp will host a Gala Night for Teenagers to acknowledge its own 13th Birthday in London.
Stomp, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas was first performed in 1991 in Edinburgh. The show played Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 1994 and won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, and then opened in New York, where it is now celebrating its 21st birthday. The European company was created in 1997 and began its London run at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2002, transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in 2007.
Stomp has toured the globe for 22 years, playing over 20 thousand performances to more than 12 million people in 53 countries on 6 continents. There are currently four Stomp companies performing worldwide: one on tour in North America, another throughout Europe and the rest of the world, one in New York, and one in London.
Stomp performed live at the 1996 Academy Awards (the Oscars) to an estimated audience of almost 1 billion worldwide. The largest assembly of Stomp performers ever (40 performers from 12 different countries) was brought together for a specially choreographed appearance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The cast of Stomp, London currently includes Omari Carter, Nigel Clarke, Simone Clarke, Hugo Cortes, Paul Gunter, Melanie Joseph, James Lane, Laetitia Lawrence, Serena Morgan, Paul Bend, Rob Shaw, Adam Buckley, Meloné M’Kenzy, Andrew Patrick, Paul Russell, Jasper Valentine and Simeon Weedall. Stomp