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Hairspray West End revival postponed until April 2021

Hairspray’s upcoming revival has been postponed until April 2021 in the wake of the West End shutdown.


The original production of Hairspray – directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – had been due to return to the stage this Spring at the London Coliseum.


Producers previously postponed performances until September and have now been forced to delay them further until April 2021.

Performances will now begin on April 22, 2021 for a limited 19 week season until August 28.

A statement from the show reads: “We can’t wait to bring Hairspray to the London Coliseum from 22 April 2021 and hope you will join us there. Please be assured that any tickets you buy from the Coliseum Theatre box office can be exchanged, refunded or moved to rescheduled performances if necessary.

“With our best wishes for your health and safety, The Producers of Hairspray”

Current ticket holders will be contacted with options before tickets return on general sale from July 27.

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.

Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad for the revival having won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for his work in the original production.

Comedian Paul Merton will appear in the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Rita Simons will appear as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

Lizzie Bea will star as Tracy Tunblad with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Georgia Anderson as Amber von Tussle, Kimani Arthur as Little Inez and Dermot Canavan as Wilbur.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.