Hairspray to return to London’s West End in 2020 with Michael Ball
Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in a revival of Hairspray in London’s West End in 2020.
The original production of Hairspray – directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – will return to the stage next year.
Ball will step back into the role which won him a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 when Hairspray plays at the London Coliseum for a limited 12-week engagement from April 2020.
“It’s the most liberating thing in the world to put on a frock and become Edna,” Ball told the Daily Mail. “Wearing a dress gives you a licence to be really free. To be rude.
“In a nice way. To be flirty, in a wholly inappropriate way.”
Further casting will be announced in due course.
Performances will take place April 23 to July 19. Performances will be 8:30PM Tuesday-Saturday with 3PM matinees on both Thursday and Saturday. There will also be a 4PM performance on Sundays.
Based on the 1980s movie of the same name, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland and follows Tracy Turnblad as her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show turns into a campaign for racial integration.
The show made its debut on Broadway in 2002 with a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The original Broadway engagement spanned six years with over 2,500 performances and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The original London production opened in 2007, receiving a record-setting eleven Olivier Award nominations of which it won four, including Best Musical.