You Can't Stop the Beat: Hairspray will go ahead, slightly later than originally planned

03 Apr
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Michael Ball & Lizzia Bea play Tracy & Edna Turnblad in Hairspray

Something to look forward to! Hairspray has nabbed new dates for its coronavirus-cancelled run this spring at English National Opera's London Coliseum.

Producers have announced new dates for the return of Hairspray the Musical which, prior to the coronavirus crisis, had been due to run from 23 April to 30 August 2020 at the London Coliseum. The production will now run for a ten-week season from 1 September to 8 November 2020, with a press night on 8 September. Until Monday 4 May, all existing Hairspray ticket holders have priority to move their tickets to a new date. All new ticket purchases can be made from Tuesday 5 May.

Co-producer Adam Spiegel commented:

“We are pleased that, with the support of everyone at the London Coliseum, we are able today to announce rescheduled dates for Hairspray. I would also like to thank everyone who has worked to ensure the season is able to take place later in the year, and when we are able to do so, we look forward to welcoming audiences and bringing people together again in a way only the theatre can”.

The production will star Michael Ball, who returns to his legendary, Olivier Award-winning role of Edna Turnblad, alongside comedian Paul Merton, who will be making his West End musical debut as Edna’s husband, Wilbur. The cast also features West End star Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Mabel, EastEnders‘ Rita Simons as Velma Von Tussle and Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad.

Baltimore, 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? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up!

The Hairspray score includes “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”. The production reunites the original award-winning Broadway creative partnership of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

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.