Smash hit Hairspray ready to roll for 2015 tour

Hairspray (previous production). Photo Pamela Raith Photography.
Hairspray (previous production). Photo Pamela Raith Photography.

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

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