About Hairspray


These are extraordinary times, so I'm sure you understand that in line with the current suspension of performances across the West End, we’re not able to begin performances on 23 April as planned.

But don't worry - you can't stop the beat!

Performances of Hairspray at the London Coliseum are being rescheduled to begin on Tuesday 1 September.

If you have already booked tickets we will be in touch with you directly with your options. You will also have priority until Monday 4 May to move your tickets to a new performance – Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 8 November.

Public booking reopens on Tuesday 5 May.

“Welcome to the 60s” once again as Hairspray return to the West End, playing at the London Coliseum in 2020. As Tracy aims to diversify the cast of The Corny Collins Show and champion racial inequality, she’s met with strong opposition from older generations. In a musical filled with upbeat songs including “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, follow Tracy and her peers in a musical that discusses racial segregation and political conversations to the upbeat sound of the swinging sixties.


Michael Ball will reprise his performance as Edna Turnblad, starring in the 2007 West End revival, where he played the role until 2009. He then played the role from 2010 to 2011 on a national tour. Ball has starred in numerous West End productions for over 30 years, originating the role of Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables in 1985. In recent years, Ball’s theatre credits include Chess at the London Coliseum and the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre.

Lizzie Bea will make her West End debut as Tracy Turnblad, with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, previously starring as Becky in Waitress and Effie White in Dreamgirls

Best known as a team captain on BBC's Have I Got News For YouPaul Merton will make his West End debut as Wilbur Turnblad. Rita Simons will star as Velma Von Tussle, with Sex Education star Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

Mari McGinlay will play Penny Pingleton, with Georgia Anderson as Amber Von Tussle, Ashley Samuels as Seaweed Stubbs, Michael Vinsen as Corny Collins, Kimani Arthur as Inez Stubbs with Lori Haley Fox and Dermot Canavan as the Female and Male Authority Figures respectively. 

The cast is completed by Kimani Arthur, Dermot Canavan, Lori Haley Fox,  and Imogen Bailey, Pearce Barron, Jordan Benjamin, Nicholas Collier, Joel Cooper, Luke George, Christopher Gopaul, Winny Herbert, Chris Howell, Lily Laight, Hannah Grace Lawson, Madeleine Lawton, Holly Liburd, Will Luckett, Mireia Mambo, Kody Mortimer, Robyn Rose, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kibong Tanji, Amy West and Natalie Woods.

PLEASE NOTE: Paul Merton will not perform on the following evening performances: 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4 June and  13 - 22 August. 

Please note that Michael Ball will not be performing on the following days: Tue 21 July 7.30pm and Wed 22 July 7.30pm.

What's the story?

Set in 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad is a happy-go-lucky teenager who wants to be part of the Corny Collins Show. When opportunity arises to audition, Turnblad heads to the studio to dance for her life. Impressing with her moves, she’s later asked her thoughts on integration and politics, which don’t fit with the network executives. Dancing on the show, Tracy becomes popular in the local community and catches the eye of teenage heartthrob Link Larkin, but will she able to take the crown and impress everyone?


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Discounted group rates are available for parties of 10 or more people. To enquire, complete our group booking form and one of our specialist team will be in touch.

Hairspray Performance Dates & Times

You can book from 05-Apr-2020 to 05-Aug-2020.

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  • 19:30
  • 19:30
  • 15:00
  • 19:30
  • 19:30
  • 15:00
  • 19:30
  • 16:00

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE: Michael Ball will not perform at both performances on 2 July and 21 & 22 July evening performances

Paul Merton will not perform on the following evening performances: 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4 June and  13 - 22 August.

Facts & Figures

Hairspray was nominated for 11 Olivier Awards in 2008.

Now Starring

Michael Ball
Paul Merton

London Coliseum

Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.

Where is Hairspray?

St Martin's Lane London WC2N 4ES
  • Nearest Bus stop: 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
  • Nearest Night Bus: 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible