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Catch Hairspray, an original Broadway production, as it makes a dazzling return to the West End stage over 10 years after its Shaftesbury Theatre run, where it received an astounding 11 Olivier Award nominations! Witness critically acclaimed actor and singer Michael Ball reprise his role as Edna Turnblad, as Marc Shaiman’s soundtrack blows you away!

why watch hairspray

Winner of an unprecedented 8 Tony Awards in 2003, out of a total of 13 nominations, Hairspray was one of the most successful shows to feature on Broadway. It ran for an astonishing 2,642 performances until the 4th of January, 2009.

The musical features brilliant music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by both Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Notable songs include the big showstopping opener, ‘Good Morning Baltimore’, as well as ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ and ‘Big Blonde and Beautiful.' Along with Michael Ball, the main cast of the 2021 production of Hairspray includes Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad and Marisha Wallace (Waitress) as Motormouth. Wilbur Turnblad will be played by the comedian Paul Merton, who is making his West End musical debut with this appearance. There's also Rita Simons as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

The Story

The story follows Edna Turnblad, a mother of a high-school girl, Tracy. Tracy, although overweight, is an aspiring dancer, and dreams of performing on “The Corny Collins Show.” She auditions for the show when one of the members of the Corny Collins Collins goes on leave for a period of 9 months. Unfortunately, Tracy is rejected by the producer, Velma Von Tussle, owing to her weight. She meets a dancer, Seaweed Stubbs, who teaches her several dance moves. The following day, Tracy uses the dance moves to catch the attention of Corny Collins himself, at the Summer Hop. On seeing her skills, Collins offers Tracy a role on his show. Von Tussle is left distraught at the news and is determined to ruin Tracy.

Tracy goes on to become an overnight sensation on the show. Soon, she gains popularity both inside and outside the school. Both Edna and Tracy see a massive change in their lives, as they attempt to deal with this newfound fame. Soon enough, things take a turn for the worse, as several people plot against Tracy. Will she be able to emerge unscathed through these trying times? Will she be able to find love amidst all the chaos? Join Tracy as she attempts to integrate the show and meets intriguing characters on the way!

Good For

Fans of Marc Shaiman | Fans of Michael Ball | Lovers of musical comedies

cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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

Duration
2hr 15min (including interval)

Leading Roles
Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad

Directed by
Jack O'Brien

Choreographed by
Jerry Mitchell

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

Know Before You Go

Audience
To be confirmed

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Coat check

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

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.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Special Note
CAST NOTICE: Michael Ball will NOT be performing on the following dates: Tuesday 20 July, Tuesday 17 August and 14 September. Paul Merton is not scheduled to appear in any Thursday evening performances. Michael Ball and Paul Merton are otherwise scheduled to appear in all other dates. however the appearance of any actor cannot be guaranteed.

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