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Hairspray to play rescheduled 2021 season dates at the London Coliseum

Hairspray to play rescheduled 2021 season dates at the London Coliseum

Performances to begin on Thursday 22 April 2021

Production stars Olivier Award winning MICHAEL BALL returning to his legendary role of Edna Turnblad, alongside PAUL MERTON, who makes his West End debut. 

19-week season to run until 29 August | London Coliseum

The producers of Hairspray the Musical have announced today rescheduled performance dates for the multi award-winning smash hit musical at the London Coliseum.

The production will now begin performances on Thursday 22 April 2021 (Press Night: Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm) and play a strictly limited 19-week season to Sunday 29 August.

Until 26 July 2020, all existing ticket holders have priority to move their tickets to a new date. All new ticket purchases can be made from 10am on 27 July. See for all ticket information.

The production will star Michael Ball, who returns to his legendary, Olivier Award winning role of Edna Turnblad, alongside one of the UK’s greatest comedians, Paul Merton, who will be making his West End musical debut as Edna’s husband, Wilbur.

Michael Ball said: “Just like Edna’s famous roll-on foundation garments, it’s been a struggle but it’s finally going on, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Hairspray is the perfect show to help the West End rediscover its joy, energy, talent and relevance. Nothing says “we made it through” better than sitting in a theatre, watching a community facing the huge social issues of their day and conquer them with the help of family, friends, commitment and love….oh and some brilliant songs, spectacular dance routines and huge belly laughs. It’s just the antidote we need. See you there.”

Acclaimed West End star Marisha Wallace will take the role of Motormouth. Marisha won rave reviews when she took over from Amber Riley in the smash hit Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre), and also starred in the original West End cast of Waitress (Adelphi Theatre).

Lizzie Bea will make her West End debut in the role of Tracy Turnblad and Rita Simons (EastEnders’ Roxy Mitchell) and Jonny Amies (Granchester on ITV; Sex Education on Netflix/Eleven Film) will also star as Velma Von Tussle and Link Larkin respectively.

Paul Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, and still appears at the Comedy Store in London most Sundays. He is a resident guest on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (BBC4/2), Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood (BBC 2) and his travel series for Channel Five, Paul Merton’s Adventures which covered his travels in India, China and Europe. His Autobiography, Only When I Laugh reached the Sunday Times bestseller Top 10.  Paul’s Anthology of funny stories, Funny Ha Ha was named Sunday Times Humour Book of the year in 2019. His first Channel 4 series, Paul Merton The Series, is due to be released on DVD this Spring.

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!

With the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the infectiously feel-good songs “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation is back and bigger than ever.

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.

 Hairspray is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions & Fiery Angel.


Book                                       Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan

Director                                 Jack O’Brien

Choreographer                    Jerry Mitchell

Music                                     Marc Shaiman

Lyrics                                      Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Costume Design                 William Ivey Long

Set Design                            David Rockwell

Casting                                  Jill Green


London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES


Box Office: 020 7845 9300

Group booking line: 020 7845 9300

Access booking line: 020 7845 9300

Group rates Available, exclusion apply.

Ticket prices start from £17.50



Thursday 22 April to Sunday 29 August 2021


Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm


Monday No performances (except 26 April)

Tuesday  7.30pm

Wednesday  3pm and 7.30pm

Thursday  7.30pm

Friday  7.30pm

Saturday  3pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 4pm (except 25 April and 02 May – no performance)


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