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London Colleseum

London Coliseum, St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, United Kingdom

Opening Date

21st June, 2021

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‘Welcome to the rhythm of a brand new day, Take your old-fashioned fears, and just throw them away
You should add some color and a fresh new do 'Cause it's time for a star, Who looks just like you’

Join Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair, as she takes on her favorite dancing show and the quest to make it inclusive for all colours and sizes of people. Body positivity and diversity might be buzzwords today but Tracy pioneered them in her own way in Hairspray. Watch the revolutionary musical Hairpsray that has swept audiences across the world!

About the Show

Hairspray is one of the biggest hits in theatre history and has won eight Tony Awards and four Laurence Olivier Awards for its original productions. The musical has been inspired from John Water’s 1988 film of the same name. The uplifting and feel-good production was well received by both critics and audiences, and has performed in various productions throughout the world.

The musical set in the 1960s uses nostalgia and plays with colors in costumes and sets to create a vibrant era that was defined by pop music and individuality. It also explores multiple themes through its characters with the underlying theme of fighting against discrimination of any kind, be it size, race, or sexuality. It is a message that is eternal and makes the musical relevant to any day and age.

Michael Ball will be reprising his role as Tracy Turnblad for which he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He is known for his other roles in ‘Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,’ ‘Passion,’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.’ Watch Hairspray at the London Coliseum for an entertaining night out with the entire family.

The Story

Hairspray is a two-act musical that is set in June 1962 in Baltimore, USA. The story is about a plus-sized high-schooler, Tracy Turnblad, who is obsessed with the local dance show ‘The Corny Collins Show’. She is an exuberant girl who loves to dance and can be spotted easily thanks to her big hairdo that needs a lot of hairspray! Life takes a turn when one of the show members drops out for ‘9 months’ and auditions are announced for a new member.

Tracy’s mother Edna is herself plus-sized but unlike her daughter, is an introvert who never gets out of her house. Edna worries that Tracy will be laughed off for her size at the show and refuses to give permission for the auditions. Tracy doesn’t stop and gets the permission from her father Wilbur, but true to her mother’s prediction, is rejected due to her size.

Things start to change when Tracy meets teenage heartthrob Link on the show, who falls for her too. Corny, the main member of the show, watches Tracy dance at the school and brings her to the show which makes Tracy instantly popular. But Tracy has plans to use her fame well and make sure the show offers an equal platform irrespective of size, race, and sexuality. Watch the big-hearted Tracy find a way to make the show ‘now and forevermore’ racially integrated and find out if Link becomes her foreverafter!

Show Details

Show Details

Show Timings
Opening: 21 Jun 2021
End: 29 Sept 2021

June 2021
21, 22, 24, 25 & 29 - 7:30 PM
23, 26 & 30 - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Jul & Aug 2021
Tue, Thu & Fri - 7:30 PM
Wed & Sat- 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sun - 4:00 PM
Mon - No show

2 hours and 15 minutes, with 1 intermission

Leading Roles
Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad

Directed by
Jake O'Brien

Choreographed by
Jerry Mitchell

Songs by
Music by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman



Available Facilities
In-house bar
Coat check
Wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening Devices

The London Coliseum has a seating capacity of 2,359.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Hairspray | Reviews West End London

"Hairspray is as sweet as a show can be without promoting tooth decay."
- The New York Times

"As light and bouncy as a bubble of gum."
- The Guardian

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Hairspray - London Coliseum Ticket Prices

Stalls: £105 - £150
Dress Circle: £66 - £150
Upper Circle: £39 - £66
Balcony: £21 - £33

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London Coliseum, London

London Coliseum, located at Aldwych in Central London, first opened its doors to the public in 1905, many years ago. Since then, it has been home to numerous shows and musicals, the latest of which is Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, which reopened on 25 June 2021. Conveniently located near Covent Garden, you can reach the Aldwych theatre via bus, tube, and cab.

  • Reopening Date: 25 June 2021
  • Address:London Coliseum, St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, United Kingdom
  • Seating Capacity: 2,359
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