A new production of the international smash hit Hairspray will embark on a major UK tour in 2015/16.
This big, bold and beautiful musical comedy will begin the tour at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in September and will then tour to 29 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015.
The show, with music and lyrics by multi award-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will be directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson.
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV.
Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
The musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name by cult filmmaker John Waters which starred Divine and Ricki Lake.
The original production opened in London in 2007 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role.
Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also played in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai.
Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.
2015 UK tour dates
September 9–19, Curve Theatre, Leicester September 21–26, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre September 28-October 3, Royal and Derngate, Northampton October 5-10, Malvern Theatre October 12-17, Liverpool Empire October 19-24, Hull New Theatre October 26–31, Manchester Palace Theatre November 2–7, New Wimbledon Theatre November 9–14, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford November 16-21, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton November 23-28, Ipswich Regent Theatre November 30-December 12, Theatre Royal Brighton December 14-January 2, Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
January 18-30, Newcastle Theatre Royal February 1-6, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen February 22–27, Edinburgh Playhouse February 29-March 5, New Theatre Oxford March 7-12, Bristol Hippodrome March 14-19, New Victoria Theatre, Woking March 21-26, Cardiff New Theatre March 28-April 2, Norwich Theatre Royal April 4-9, Milton Keynes Theatre April 11–16, Leeds Grand Theatre April 18-23, Theatre Royal Plymouth April 25–30, Regent Theatre, Stoke May 2-7, The Churchill Theatre, Bromley May 9-14, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury May 16-21, Southend Palace Theatre