Ed Balls could soon be starring in a West End show


Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls could transfer his Strictly Come Dancing success into a West End show, the theatre producer behind Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has said.

The ex-Labour MP and partner Katya Jones became fan favourites on the BBC One show, with their animated dance moves and inventive choreography taking them to week 10 of the competition.

During his appearance on the show, Ed was lauded by former political colleagues and opponents and is currently taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

Ed Balls and partner Katya Jones (BBC)

Now Sonia Friedman, award-winning theatre producer behind hit West End shows including Dreamgirls and Bend It Like Beckham, said she would cast Ed”in a heartbeat”.

She told Radio Times magazine: “I was hooked on Strictly. I think he was everything this country needed right now: a bit of levity, not taking yourself too seriously.

“He put joy back into our culture for a few weeks and he made politicians seem real to me.”

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