DANCING star Anton Du Beke cannot wait to waltz into the North West with a whirlwind of a show.

Anton — who has been part of Strictly Come Dancing since its first series — is bringing spectacular new show That’s Entertainment to the Bridgewater Hall next month.

A mix of music, song and dance, Anton and his dance partner Erin Boag will combine the sophisticated elegance of their quick step, foxtrot, tango and waltz with the showbiz razzmatazz of hits and steps from stage and screen.

The dance extravaganza will be at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday, February 28, at 3pm and 7.30pm.

The 48-year-old said: "We did the first one last night and it's non-stop.

"I am absolutely battered, I can't even tell you.

"I did the show about three times yesterday.

"It was opening night so we did the technical rehearsal and a rehearsal with the orchestra.

"I was absolutely knackered at the end of it.

"I didn't realise how non-stop it is, it absolutely belts along.

"We do a couple of chats with the audience.

"It's the only time I get a breather.

"I've always wanted to have a show that is old variety sort of thing.

"I don't think the orchestra takes a breath.

"I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out.

"Every year we come to the Bridgewater Hall.

"I love the feel of a concert hall because the audience are closer and the sound is so good."

They will be joined on stage by star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world-class ensemble dancers and the Manchester Concert Orchestra.

The dances will be set to songs including Steppin’ Out With My Baby, True Love, Make ‘em Laugh, There’s No Business Like Show Business and That’s Entertainment.

A Strictly veteran, Kent-born Anton has teamed up with celebrity dancers including Patsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Jerry Hall, Gillian Taylforth and Judy Murray since the show launched in 2004.

Anton says he has seen the show evolve and grow in terms of size and production.

He said: "Even the group dances have turned into production numbers.

"We have props and things like that.

"It's a little bit more about the story of the dance.

"It's got bigger, there are more people in it.

"There have been lots of technological advances in the production sense."

Last year saw Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth step down from the show, which is now fronted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman — the first all-female presenting duo on a Saturday night television programme.

Seeing it as a natural progression, Anton said: "The two girls were there when Bruce was not there.

"When he had a week off, they would do it.

"They had been doing the results show as well, they sort of slotted in.

"We know Claudia, she's part of the family — there's no big deal.

"It's not like somebody random has come in."

Speaking of a highlight of the past 10 years, he said: "Every year really, it just gets bigger and better.

"A big highlight for me a few years ago was doing a number with Bruce.

"That was quite a thing.

"He has always been a hero of mine."

That's Entertainment will be at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Saturday, February 28, at 3pm and 7.30pm. Call 0161 907 9000 for tickets.