Rachel dances her way to the London West End stage

Rachel Kelly
Rachel Kelly

A new gothic musical choreographed by a rising star of the theatre world will premiere at a prestigious 900-seat venue later this year.

Rachel Kelly (25), from Gartcosh, is the creative brain behind the dance moves in ‘Grim - A New Musical’, which will open at London’s Rose Theatre this July.

A host of stars have graced the stage of the Rose in previous years, including Dame Judy Dench, Joely Richardson and Richard Wilson.

It’s an amazing achievement for former Chryston High School pupil Rachel, who only graduated from the famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts last July.

She dreamed up the moves for her first production, ‘The Daily Fail’, after initially auditioning for the chorus - impressing the company so much that she was asked to step in as choreographer.

Rachel told the Herald: “I am absolutely overwhelmed that we’ll be premiering ‘Grim: A New Musical’ at the 900 seater Rose Theatre.

“It’s so exciting to be doing what you love at such a high standard level. As choreographer, I will be bringing an element of ballet and contemporary dance to the show, taking an influence from all things gothic and quirky, like Tim Burton and Wicked.

“Last year we got four star reviews with The Daily Fail. This year, we’re aiming for five stars with Grim. Go big or go home!”