About the showPlease note that Hairspray has been rescheduled due to Covid-19. New booking dates are 22 April - 28 August 2021.
Please note that Michael Ball and Paul Merton will not perform all dates. These dates are still TBC following rescheduling.
Upbeat and attitude-packed, Hairspray the musical returns to London for a strictly limited summer season. Michael Ball reprises the role of Edna Turnblad when the show plays the London Coliseum from 23 April 2020.
Based on John Waters' 1988 film of the same title, the show received its premiere on Broadway in 2002, earning itself eight Tony Awards in 2003. It features memorable songs such as “Good Morning Baltimore”, “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Big, Blonde and Beautiful”. Michael Ball starred as Edna, the mother of a young dance hopeful, during the Shaftesbury Theatre run from October 2007.
Hairspray is the tale of Tracy Turnblad, a starry-eyed dance lover from Baltimore who auditions for a place on her favourite TV show. Below the glittering veneer of the showbiz lifestyle, she comes to see that not everybody is treated the same in the television studio. As Tracy gains success through her performing, she does what she can to push for social change.
Michael Ball’s previous stage credits include his starring role in Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which earned him an Olivier Award, and the part of Marius in Les Misérables.
Further casting includes Lizzie Bea (Kinky Boots; Becoming Nancy) as Tracy Turnblad, comedian Paul Merton as Wilbur Turnblad, Marisha Wallace (Waitress; Dreamgirls) as Motormouth Maybelle, Rita Simons (Everybody's Talking About Jamie) as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.
Hairspray's direction is by Jack O’Brien (Into the Woods, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Choreographry comes from Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots). The show has a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.
A show that’s all about the big hairdos and even bigger feels, Hairspray plays at the London Coliseum from 23 April 2020.