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Hairspray The Musical to begin performances at the London Coliseum in April 2021

Michael Ball

THE producers of Hairspray the Musical have announced new dates for the multi award-winning smash hit musical at the London Coliseum.

The production will now begin performances on Thursday, April 22, 2021 (with Press Night on Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm) and play a strictly limited 19-week season to Sunday, August 29.

Until July 26, 2020, all existing ticket holders have priority to move their tickets to a new date. All new ticket purchases can be made from 10am on July 27. See www.hairspraythemusical.co.uk for all ticket information.

The production will star Michael Ball, who returns to his legendary, Olivier Award-winning role of Edna Turnblad, alongside one of the UK’s greatest comedians, Paul Merton, who will be making his West End musical debut as Edna’s husband, Wilbur.

Michael Ball said:

“Just like Edna’s famous roll-on foundation garments, it’s been a struggle but it’s finally going on, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Hairspray is the perfect show to help the West End rediscover its joy, energy, talent and relevance. Nothing says “we made it through” better than sitting in a theatre, watching a community facing the huge social issues of their day and conquer them with the help of family, friends, commitment and love….oh and some brilliant songs, spectacular dance routines and huge belly laughs. It’s just the antidote we need. See you there.”

Acclaimed West End star Marisha Wallace will take the role of Motormouth. Wallace won rave reviews when she took over from Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. She also starred in the original West End cast of Waitress (Adelphi Theatre).

Lizzie Bea will make her West End debut in the role of Tracy Turnblad, with Rita Simons (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and Jonny Amies (Granchester, ITV, Sex Education, Netflix/Eleven Film) as Velma Von Tussle and Link Larkin respectively.

Hairspray is set in Baltimore in 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo?

With the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the infectiously feel-good songs Good Morning, Baltimore, Big, Blonde and Beautiful and You Can’t Stop the Beat, this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation returns bigger than ever.

The original New York production of Hairspray won three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, whilst the original West End production won four Olivier Awards, also including Best New Musical, as well as giving Michael Ball one of his two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

Hairspray is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions and Fiery Angel.