Jason’s Priscilla and Brendan are box office winners for MK Theatre

Brendan Cole:  Let's Cha Cha!
Brendan Cole: Let's Cha Cha!

His dancefloor moves kept us captivated through to last month’s Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing, where he and partner Sophie Ellis-Bextor came fourth.

But with the New Year comes a new challenge – and for Brendan Cole it’s an extraordinarily long 48 date British tour, which calls into Milton Keynes this Friday evening.

Still, Brendan hasn’t forgotten the buzz of working with Sophie quite yet: “I have had an incredible year on Strictly and to make it to the final with Sophie was a huge privilege and honour,” Brendan said.

“She is such a beautiful dancer and fantastic person.”

Current show Licence to Thrill is an opportunity to see Brendan’s slick movements up close, while also enjoying the razzamatazz of half a dozen dancers and a 14 strong band of musicians.

Scintillating music and choreography combine to give a two hour delicious dance take – from Waltzes and Foxtrots to Quicksteps, Tangos and American Smooths, and not forgetting the sexy Salsa and Samba and the jumpin’ Jive.

“My dance cast is truly international with a collective CV from competition, theatre, stage and television,” Brendan says.

Indeed fellow Strictly pro Aliona Vilani – who lifted the famed Glitterball trophy with McFly’s Harry Judd in 2011 – has joined Brendan for the tour. She is stepping in for French Dancing with the Stars champion Fauve Hautot, who was struck down by injury.

“It is such a shame not to have Fauve returning to join me for the tour, however I am really excited to have Aliona stepping into her shoes,” Brendan said.

“Having worked with her on Strictly since 2009 I know what an incredible dancer she is and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the show.

Tickets for the show are as thin on the ground as doughnuts are in a bakery window at the end of the day...and it’s much the same situation for this week’s other feel-good sensation Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starring Jason Donovan, from Monday.

He’s been here before of course, and did a splendid job in the decidedly sinister role of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber.

Priscilla couldn’t be more different – it opened originally in Australia in 2006 before moving on to the West End and more recently, Broadway.

This is the story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus in search of love and friendship, and end up with more than they ever dreamed of.

The costumes are so bright you might need sunglasses, and the songs?

Total floor fillers, every one of them – It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Hot Stuff will get you going!

So far as ticket sales go, it’s a case of calling the box office for returns, and keep your fingers crossed when you do.

The number to ring is 0844 871 7652.