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Head for the glittering London Coliseum and sing your heart out at the latest production of Hairspray the Musical, once again starring the brilliant Michael Ball as the big, blonde and beautiful Edna Turnblad. It's a warm-hearted, highly entertaining romp of a show that's on for a strictly limited season of just three months, starting in April 2020. The plot? It's 1962 and the setting is Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl whose hair is even bigger. She's dedicated to becoming a star, a girl who dreams about dancing every minute of the day. When she appears on a local TV show she becomes a star, in a small way, in her area. Will her fame help her capture the heart of her teen idol, Link Larkin, and bring everyone together? Come along and see for yourself.
Show tunes like Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big, Blonde and Beautiful will inspire you, and the uplifting plot will leave you feeling happy for days afterwards. Michael Ball's wonderful voice will haunt you for weeks afterwards.... in a good way! Jack O’Brien Directs again and Jerry Mitchell is once more responsible for the awesome choreography. The book is by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and the music comes from Marc Shaiman, who also wrote the lyrics along with Scott Wittman. Michael Ball, of course, plays Edna Turnblad to perfection, as you'd expect. Don't miss this show, an experience that long ago became a legend in our world.
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Reviews Summary based on 35 reviews
What to expect
Great to be back
I was a little apprehensive about returning to the theatre especially in London but I was so thrilled to be there! A fantastic performance by everyone. A wonderful atmosphere; I felt the audience had come determined to enjoy themselves. I love the theme of inclusion but there was so much humour. 🤣 Michael Ball and Les Dennis were magnificent! We’re still laughing about their corpsing today. Thank you so much for lifting our spirits. Maggie, 26 Sep 2021
great performance! highly recommend it Jeanine, 24 Sep 2021
‘HAIRSPRAY’. Sensational , powerful, humorous, joyful,
Amazing cast members. A tonic for lifting your spirit without the gin!
Thank you to all the amazing cast, behind the scenes and front of house theatre staff. So grateful Westend theatre is back.
I woke this morning feeling joyful and full of energy..
THANK YOU. Beverley, 16 Sep 2021
perfect in every way
I have seen this show many times but the present cast are the best! great chemistry I'll be back! Kenneth, 03 Sep 2021
proper solid show
I LOVE LES DENNIS Jack, 02 Sep 2021
Brilliant, Fun and An absolute must see
Thoroughly enjoyed Hairspray, All Actors excellent professionals, absolutely adored Micheal Ball and Les Dennis. Was great to see a Full house and Everyone enjoying themselves. A Great Experience for myself, and my Grand daughter Thank you xxxx Susanne, 25 Aug 2021
Fantastic show all cast were brilliant but especially les Dennis and Michael ball. They were fantastic . We were a bit high up and volume levels could have been higher/ crisper we missed quite a bit of dialogue. Helen, 21 Aug 2021
Fantastic show. Great for all ages. Everyone up on there feet for the ending. Sarah, 06 Aug 2021
Great show but could be better
Main character isn’t as good as the others Tom, 01 Aug 2021
Just what I needed
My favourite musical, I have seen it before on Westend but this performance was better, a riot of sound and colour, and best of all great fun. Sharon, 25 Jul 2021
5* and MORE!
I LOVE the music of this show and this cast did not disappoint. High energy and great fun throughout (despite stifling heat!). Absolutely FAB to be back in the theatre after the pandemic. There was a great atmosphere in the audience which came in response to the interaction from the cast on stage. Catherine, 22 Jul 2021
What a great cast, totally faultless. The vocals were stunning and the dancers took my breath away. Absolutely loved it. Hayley, 10 Jul 2021
Excellent. Would recommend
Excellent show. Felt safe with restrictions in place. Real good fun Mary, 05 Jul 2021
100% a must see show!
It was exceptional. The whole cast were absolutely amazing and we had such a good night. Sarah, 25 Jun 2021
Amazing show, bringing life back into the theatre
This was an amazing feel good show. The theatre staff were lovely, and at no times did it feel unsafe to be there. The sound quality was not great in the balcony, and there were times that we could see what was going on side stage (arms in wings). The way the set was designed, in the balcony you could see over the top of it, and see people behind. For me, it added to the joy of theatre, which isn't all just about the show.. its the work and effort of all, backstage and all.. nice to see those guys in black! However, for others that might be a bit off putting. If you care about that stuff, don't go high is my advice. But wow, what an amazing theatre.. its beautiful. Katie, 25 Jun 2021
Brilliant cheerful show
So missed watching such happiness Teresa, 21 Jun 2021