Strictly Ballroom fans furious as Maisie Smith is replaced at last minute – as she jets on holiday


STRICTLY Ballroom fans were left furious last week after Maisie Smith was replaced on stage.

Angry theatre lovers claim they were given no warning about her and Kevin Clifton’s absence last week.

Maisie Smith has been playing Fran in Strictly Ballroom

Maisie has been on holiday with Max George

Maisie, 21, jetted away on holiday with boyfriend Max George, 34, and her family, leaving her understudy to stand in for her.

Sources close to the star say she was always down for pre-agreed no availability on the dates when the show arrived in Wales and Liverpool.

But her fans were not happy and the situation was only made worse when the production was cancelled for two nights on the trot due to technical issues.

Complaining about the situation on Facebook, one person wrote: “My sister & I took our 90 year old mum to the Liverpool Empire yesterday afternoon.

“Kevin Clifton is her all time favourite & was the main reason for wanting to go. There was no prior warning that neither Kevin or Maisie were appearing.

“The show started late. Without them it was a total disappointment. Very underwhelming and we would have gone home at the interval had it not been for the amazing paso doble at the end of the first half. Most disappointing show I’ve ever seen.”

Another person moaned: “My mum and I were also at last night’s show we’re very disappointed and upset that Kevin Clifton and Maisie Smith were not starring in the performance.

“We paid £97 for front row tickets to see the stars of the show. It was a terrible let down we’d driven all the way from Manchester to see them. Completely gutted we didn’t get to see them.”

Someone else wrote: “I was supposed to go tomorrow but show was cancelled so had to move to Friday, but Maisie has just gone on holiday ☹.”

Maise has been touring the country with boyfriend Max George in tow.

They sparked engagement rumours over the weekend when she was spotted wearing a huge ring.  

Maisie is playing Fran in the musical, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, alongside Kevin Clifton.

She is currently scheduled to tour with them until March 2023.

SE has contacted Strictly Ballroom for comment.

Kevin and Maisie were both missing last week