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London Coliseum, London
Hairspray
London Coliseum, London
Michael Ball returns to play Edna Turnblad

Michael Ball is set to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad at the London Coliseum from September 2020, with tickets for the West End production now on sale.

Ball starred in this record-setting production of Hairspray in the West End in 2010. Opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 11th October 2007, Ball played Edna Turnblad alongside a cast that included Tracie Bennett, Ben James-Ellis, Rachael Wooding, Leanne Jones. Hairspray received 11 Olivier Award nominations, which was a record for the time, and won awards for best musical, as well as best actor and actress in a musical (for Ball and Jones). 

Hairspray follows the story of Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring dancer who wins a part on a local TV show, The Corny Collins Show, and becomes an overnight sensation. The musical has somewhat of a tradition of casting newcomers in the lead role, such as in the case of Jones in London, but also in the film versions of the story - Ricki Lake made her film debut in the original 1988 movie.

The musical, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, features well-known songs such as "Good Morning Baltimore", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful", "I Can Hear the Bells" and "You Can't Stop the Beat". 

Hairspray is now at the London Coliseum from 22 April 2021.

Hairspray in London

Following its world premiere on Broadway in 2002, Hairspray made its transfer over the Atlantic to the West End in 2007 when it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Starring Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad, the production - directed by Jack O'Brien - also starred Mel Smith, Tracie Bennett and newcomer to the stage, Leanne Jones in the role of Tracy.  Hairspray was nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, which set a record at the time, and won the award for best musical, plus best actor and actress in a musical for Michael Ball and Leanne Jones. The show ran for over 1,000 performances during which time cast changes included Brian Conley, Phil Jupitus and Sharon D Clarke, before it closed on 28th March 2010. 

Hairspray soundtrack

Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman's score contains some of musical theatre's most uplifting tracks, none less than the opening number "Good Morning, Baltimore" and the show's closer "You Can't Stop The Beat". Other numbers include "I Can Hear the Bells", "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" and "I Know Where I've Been". 

Previews from |
22nd April 2021
Opening date |
8th September 2020
Booking from |
1st September 2020
Available until |
7th November 2020
Closes |
29th August 2021
Categories |
Michael Ball
Michael Ball
as Edna Turnblad

1 Sep 2020 to 8 Nov 2020

By:
Mark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan
Director:
Jack O'Brien
Songs by:
music by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Design:
David Rockwell
Choreography:
Jerry Mitchell
Costume:
William Ivey Long
Cast list:
Michael Ball, Marisha Wallace, Lizzie Bea, Rita Simons, Paul Merton, Jonny Amies, Georgia Anderson, Kimani Arthur, Dermot Canavan, Lori Haley Fox, Mari McGinlay, Ashley Samuels, Michael Vinsen and Imogen Bailey, Pearce Barron, Jordan Benjamin, Nicholas Collier, Joel Cooper, Luke George, Christopher Gopaul, Winny Herbert, Chris Howell, Lily Laight, Hannah Grace Lawson, Madeleine Lawton, Holly Liburd, Will Luckett, Mireia Mambo, Kody Mortimer, Robyn Rose, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kibong Tanji, Amy West and Natalie Woods.
Other info:
Based on the film by John Waters

London Coliseum Venue Information

Address:
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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