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About Hairspray

"Hairspray is a great big hug of a show. With its catchy ‘60s songs and explosive dancing, it’s a joyful welcome back to musical theatre audiences." (

Don’t miss the “unstoppably joyous” (The Guardian) HAIRSPRAY as Michael Ball reprises his Olivier Award-winning performance in the “ultimate feel-good musical” (Attitude). The huge-hearted smash-hit is “enormous fun” (The Times) and plays at the London Coliseum until 29 September 2021.

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!

From the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the feel-great songs Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big, Blonde and Beautiful, this inspirational, fun-loving musical sensation is “an uplifting belter” (WhatsOnStage) and “the tonic we all need right now” (The Stage).

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Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad as she realises her dream of dancing on “The Corny Collins Show.” Once she's earned her place, Tracy discovers that racial segregation taking place on the show doesn’t fit into the world she envisions. Using her newfound fame, Tracy takes to the streets to fight for equality with her friends Penny, Seaweed, and Motormouth Maybelle, going against critics who try to stop her. Along the way she finds love in teen heartthrob Link Larkin and her mother Edna Turnblad discovers a newfound confidence to join her daughter. Enjoy a new lease of life at Hairspray and book Hairspray tickets now.

The Hairspray musical has been hugely successful, winning three Olivier Awards during its original run. Now, Hairspray returns to London for a limited engagement at the London Coliseum. The feel-good musical will restore your faith in humanity. See Hairspray in London, and don't miss the hit musical that inspired the film with original London cast member Michael Ball reprising his acclaimed role as Edna Turnblad.

What to Watch For

  • Hairspray on Broadway used over 150 wigs, but Tracy only wears three wigs throughout the show – one at the beginning, one when she joins “The Corny Collins Show,” and the finale wig.
  • “The Corny Collins Show” is based on “The Buddy Deane Show” which aired in Baltimore from 1957 to 1964 and also featured segregated teenagers showing off the latest dance moves.
  • The composer and lyricist team for Hairspray are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Together, they were responsible for many of the songs in the TV hit show “Smash.”
  • The 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray is one of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all time.
Start date

June 22nd, 2021

End date

September 29th, 2021




London Coliseum


Welcome to the '60s! Don't miss your final chance to see this big-hearted hit in the West End


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