“Welcome to the 60s” once again with Hairspray’s 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 You, Paul 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 that Paul Merton will not be performing on the following days: Thu 23 April 7.30pm, Thu 30 April 7.30pm, Thu 07 May 7.30pm, Thu 14 May 7.30pm, Thu 21 May 7.30pm, Thu 28 May 7.30pm, Thu 04 June 7.30pm and Thu 13 to Sat 22 August (inclusive).
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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Hairspray was nominated for 11 Olivier Awards in 2008.
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