Hairspray The Musical London

Hairspray The Musical

London Coliseum, London

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The big haired, big dreams musical is back starring Michael Ball

Look who’s back! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. 

From the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, this huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from April 2021 for a strictly limited season.

Featuring the infectiously feel-good songs Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big, Blonde and Beautiful this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation is back and bigger than ever.

It’s the show that gives maximum lift…but for 14 weeks only. Don’t miss out – book now!

Hairspray the Musical is booking 29 September 2021 at the London Coliseum.

What’s the Story?

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 love 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!

Who’s in it? Hairspray The Musical Cast

The cast is led by Michael Ball as Edna Turblad, Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad, Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybel, Rita Simons as Velma Von Tussle, Jonny Amies as Link Larkin and Les Dennis as Wilbur Turnblad.

The full company includes 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.

Creative Team

Based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray has music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. This production is directed by Jack O’Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell.

Reviews

★★★★★ ‘ENORMOUS FUN! Hairspray is in a different league’ The Times

★★★★★ ‘The Musical Fix We’ve All Been Waiting For’ Daily Mail

★★★★★’The Ultimate Feel-Good Show’ Attitude

★★★★ ‘Unstoppably Joyous’ The Guardian


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 29 September 2021

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Important Notes

Age rating: 5+

Important COVID Entry Requirements

Mask

We recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.

Covid Safety

This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.

Content:Please note there are some flashing lights, but no strobe lighting, with smoke, and haze used throughout the production. There are also the occasional loud and sudden noises.




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London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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West End superstar: Interview with Marisha Wallace

Stage sensation Marisha Wallace talks about pandemic life, her return to the West End, and preparing for her latest UK tour.

A lot has happened since West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace was last on tour… In fact, her debut UK tour was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But that’s not held Marisha back – with the past year seeing the vocal sensation signed to Decca Records, releasing her debut album Tomorrow, wowing new audiences with performances on Strictly Come Dancing, the Festival of Remembrance and the Royal Variety Performance. She finally returned to the West End stage in the spring in the musical Hairspray, as Motormouth Maybelle, where she’s been winning nightly standing ovations for her outstanding performances.

From growing up on a farm in North Carolina, Marisha Wallace has gone on to Broadway and the West End, starring in huge hit musicals including Dreamgirls, Waitress, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon.

One of the most recognisable voices in London’s West End, Marisha’s latest tour will start at King’s Hall, Ilkley on September 24. Marisha will then play London’s Arts Theatre (Sept 27), Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Sept 30), the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff (Oct 1), Birmingham Hippodrome (Oct 2), Southampton Mayflower (Oct 3) and finally Lowther Pavilion in Lytham (Oct 6).

The tour promises a mix of tracks from the album, as well as songs from her summer EP release Soul Of The Stage, all delivered with that classic, unmistakable Marisha style.

Marisha Wallace will be appearing in Hairspray at the London Coliseum until 29 September 2021.

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on performers, in so many ways – your debut tour was cut short, and shortly after you contracted covid yourself. How was that experience?

It was such a scary time. So much was unknown about the virus and what it does to you. So getting it was scary. I was sick, unemployed and stuck in the house, and my family was thousands of miles away in America. I felt very hopeless. Then I bought a mic and just started singing and recording music in my house. And that is where Tomorrow was born. To now be touring the album of Tomorrow after all that is just incredible. The sun really did come out, as the song says. 

In among all that happening, you signed a record deal, released your debut album tomorrow – with the title song something of an anthem of hope, and supported fundraising efforts for the theatre industry. That must have brought about mixed emotions… a big personal success at a time when the industry you love was in crisis.

I never thought that Tomorrow as going to do what it did. It went to number two on the iTunes charts next to Beyoncé. I got a record deal, I sang it for the Queen during the Royal Variety and then the 2020 US OPEN used it in the highlight coverage. We raised £10,000 for the charities. It was just mind boggling. 

It was such a Catch 22, having all your dreams come true while others were having the worst time of their lives. But I used my music to help people through those dark times. In some ways I was a beacon of hope and that song and that album made people believe again. Believe that things would get better and that trouble doesn’t last always. 

Hairspray was one of the first shows to reopen in the west end. How was that opening night? What’s it been like being back in front of a live audience?

The whole experience of Hairspray is something I don’t think I will ever forget. To be a part of one of the first big shows back is such an honour. To see thousands of smiling, crying, laughing faces enjoying life again makes it all worth it for me. 

I get to sing the 11 o’clock number “I Know Where I’ve Been” which is a protest song in the show. To be singing it now, after all we have been through with George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement, on top of the pandemic… It just has a whole new meaning. I am getting standing ovations every night after the song. I am in tears at the end because I know how much this means to my ancestors, to my family and to my people and to me.  This is when theatre transcends the stage and moves into a cultural reset. 

Now you’re preparing to hit the road again, with your latest uk tour. How excited are you for these shows?

I am so excited!!! I can’t wait to see my fans again. We went through so much together during lockdown. I was entertaining people through Instagram, with my Sing With Marisha concerts and bringing singers on to my platform – and now we all get to sing and dance together live in person. I am so happy. 

I know these concerts  may be some people’s first time out so I want to make them really special. And boy do I have a story to tell. We are going to have the best time. 

It feels like you’ve become an adopted brit now, you’ve been in the uk a long time. What do you love about the country and have you had much chance to explore?

I love it in the UK. I have been here almost five years – I can’t believe it. It has been a fairy tale journey. What I love is how much you all have embraced me just the way that I am. I haven’t had to change or be someone else. You love what I do. I love that this country really loves the arts and it is a family tradition to see shows and it is passed down. 

I am a huge explorer too. I have been to so many places in the UK. I absolutely love all the seaside towns and getting the banging seafood. But then I love the fierce city life too, with all the history and amazing restaurants. 

What can audiences expect on the tour? 

They can expect a night of inspiration, dancing, and full-on belting. 

My shows are more like an experience. You won’t leave the way you came in. I will be singing all the big songs you know me for – “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “I Know Where I’ve Been” – and songs from my album Tomorrow and from my new EP Soul Of The Stage. I will be doing tributes to my fave singers like Whitney and maybe some Tina Turner too. 

I have so many stories to tell too. We are just going to celebrate life and getting back to it. 

Who will be joining you on stage?

That’s a surprise! You have to get a ticket to find out…

We’re so used to seeing you as these fantastic characters – effie white in dreamgirls, motormouth in hairspray, becky in waitress. What’s it like stepping out as you, as marisha, with just a small band instead of a full cast behind you?

Being me on stage is my favourite role to play. I get to be completely vulnerable and just have a full connection with my audience. This is where I thrive. I started out in the cabarets in NYC and now I have taken it to the big stage. This feels like coming home.

Tell us how you came to be a west end star – Where did it all begin? What was your journey?

Well, I became a West End star by accident. I had worked on Broadway for about five years and was doing a show called Something Rotten, playing a tap-dancing egg called Eggie White. True story.

Then I got a call from my agent asking if I wanted to play Effie White in Dreamgirls in the West End. I had to pack all my stuff in two days and got on a plane to London. The lead had gotten sick and I was called to replace her for three weeks. Three weeks turned into two years with me taking over the role of Effie, which started a successful career here in London. 

It was something I had always wanted in New York, on Broadway, and it turns out that London and the West End was where I was supposed to be all along. 

In dreamgirls, you sang the incredible iconic anthem “And I Am Telling You”. Now in Hairspray, you’re getting nightly standing ovations performing “I Know Where I’ve Been”. How does it feel when you sing these huge, powerful, impactful numbers?

It is an honour and also scary to sing these huge numbers every night. You want to give the people everything they want and live up to the hype. I take pride in going there emotionally every night and giving each audience the full experience. 

To sing “I Know Where I’ve Been” now is just incredible. It feels like legacy work, something I have to do for the culture. We haven’t collectively mourned the racial injustice in our society because we were separated in lockdown. But to be in the room together hearing that song and feeling all those emotions is something else. The chills and the tears are there every single night. 

You’ve played some iconic roles and made them your own. What’s your dream role?

My dream role is to do an original role. One I can create from scratch that no one has heard of that I create that leaves a legacy for other women like me to play; a curvy, black woman who is multi-dimensional, a woman who has wants, needs, love interests. A well-rounded character and not just the random black girl singing the soul. 

And what’s next after the tour?

After my UK tour I’m doing my first US tour, which is so exciting. More music is coming and hopefully more film and television. I’m just going to keep climbing that ladder rung by rung. 

Do you have a message ahead of the opening night of your tour?

My message is to grab a friend or family member, get a ticket and get ready for a night to remember. It is time to feel alive again; to dance, to sing and to enjoy. We have been through so much and Tomorrow is finally here.

Tickets for Marisha Wallace’s UK tour are now on-sale from cuffeandtaylor.com

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Les Dennis replaces Paul Merton in West End revival of ‘Hairspray The Musical’

Tv and stage star Les Dennis will replace Paul Merton in the West End revival of Hairspray The Musical, it has been announced.

Dennis, whose 50 year showbiz career spans comedy, game show host, reality TV star, soap, screen and stage actor, will play Wilbur Turnblad. Dennis’ West End stage roles include Amos Hart in Chicago and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl. Whilst often remembered for hosting Family Fortunes and appearing on Coronation Street, the veteran stage actor has appeared in touring productions of High School Musical 2, Legally Blonde The Musical, The Addams Family and Hairspray.

Lead casting for the West End revival includes Michael Ball (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Woman in White) reprising his Olivier Award winning role as Edna Turnblad, EastEnders Roxy Mitchell Rita Simons playing Velma Von Tussle, West End favourite Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) as Motormouth, newcomer Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad and Jonny Amies (Sex Education) playing Link Larkin.

The full company includes Georgia Anderson, Kimani Arthur, Dermot Canavan, Lori Haley Fox, Mari McGinlay, Ashley Samuels, Michael Vinsen and Imogen Bailey, Pearce Barron, Jordan Benjamin, Joel Cooper, Luke George, Christopher Gopaul, Bradley Judge, Winny Herbert, Lily Laight, Madeleine Lawton, Holly Liburd, Will Luckett, Mireia Mambo, Kody Mortimer, Robyn Rose, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Amy West and Natalie Woods.

Based on John Waters 1988 film, the show has music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. This revival is directed by the original Broadway director Jack O’Brien and has choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

Set in 1960’s segregated Baltimore, Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad, an over-weight girl with big hair, as she attempts to make it on a local TV dance show and win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

An inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical, the score features much loved songs “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

Hairspray The Musical is booking from 22 June 2021 until 29 September 2021 at the London Coliseum.

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‘Hairspray The Musical’ announces new West End dates

Hairspray The Musical has announced new West End dates with plans for the first four-weeks to play with social distancing.

The production will now begin performances at the London Coliseum from 22 June and will run until 29 September 2021. The show, which has moved its dates a few times due to covid, will play a shorter run than had originally been promoted.

Casting for the show includes musical theatre favourite Michael Ball (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Woman in White) reprising his Olivier Award winning role as Edna Turnblad, Paul Merton (Have I Got News For You) as Edna’s husband, Wilbur, Rita Simons (Eastenders) playing Velma Von Tussle, Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) as Motormouth and Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad.

Based on John Waters 1988 film, Hairspray The Musical has music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. This revival is directed by the original Broadway director Jack O’Brien and has choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

Set in 1960’s segregated Baltimore, Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad, an over-weight girl with big hair, as she attempts to make it on a local TV dance show and win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

An inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical the score features much loved songs “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

Ticket holders with dates prior to 22 June will be contacted by their point of sale to arrange new dates or refunds.

Hairspray The Musical will now run from 22 June 2021 until 29 September 2021 at the London Coliseum.

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‘Hairspray The Musical’ to perform on Britain’s Got Talent

The West End cast of Hairspray The Musical will appear on ITV series Britain’s Got Talent this weekend.

The high-profile performance on the top rated family entertainment show will give the general public a a chances to see the West End cast live before they take to the stage at the London Coliseum next year.

The show features musical theatre favourite Michael Ball dragging it up as Edna Turnblad with Paul Merton (Have I Got News For You)as Edna’s husband, Wilbur, Rita Simons (Eastenders) playing Velma Von Tussle, Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) playing Motormouth and Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad.

Directed by Jack O’Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), the show is set in 1960’s Baltimore and follows Tracy Turnblad, an over-weight girl with big hair as she attempts to make it on a local TV dance show and win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

An inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical the score features much loved songs “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

The cast will be performing on Saturday 27 September from 8pm.

Hairspray The Musical will now run from 22 April 2021 until 29 August 2021 at the London Coliseum.

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London production of ‘Hairspray The Musical’ moves to April 2021

The highly anticipated West End revival of Hairspray The Musical will now open at the London Coliseum in April 2021.

Key cast including Michael Ball dragging it up as Edna Turblad, Paul Merton as Edna’s husband, Wilbur, Rita Simons (Eastenders) playing Velma Von Tussle, Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) playing Motormouth and Lizzie Bea as Tracy have all confirmed for the new dates.

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.”

The hit musical had been due to open in July 2020; it was then rescheduled to open in September and will now begin a 19-week season from 22 April 2020.

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.

Directed by Jack O’Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), the show is set in 1960’s Baltimore and follows Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair as she attempts to make it on a local TV dance show and win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

An inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical the score features much loved songs “Good Morning, Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

Hairspray The Musical will now run from 22 April 2021 until 29 August 2021 at the London Coliseum.

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‘Hairspray The Musical’ reschedules dates to September 2020

The West End revival of Hairspray The Musical starring Michael Ball has announced rescheduled dates for its 2020 run at the London Coliseum.

The musical had been due to begin performances later this month but due to the industry wide shutdown a decision was made to push the opening to 1 September 2020.

Adam Spiegel, the Co-Producer of Hairspray, said:

We are pleased that, with the support of everyone at the London Coliseum, we are able today to announce rescheduled dates for Hairspray. I would also like to thank everyone who has worked to ensure the season is able to take place later in the year, and when we are able to do so, we look forward to welcoming audiences and bringing people together again in a way only the theatre can”.

Cast that have confirmed the re-scheduled dates include Michael Ball dragging up as Edna Turnblad, Paul Merton who makes his West End musical debut as Edna’s husband, Wilbur, Eastenders’ Roxy Mitchell actress Rita Simons playing Velma Von Tussle and West End favourite Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) playing Motormouth.

Until Monday 4 May 2020, all existing ticket holders have priority to move their tickets to a new date. All new ticket purchases can be made from Tuesday 5 May 2020.

Hairspray The Musical is booking from 1 September 2020 until 8 November 2020 at the London Coliseum.

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Marisha Wallace and Lizzie Bea to join London revival of ‘Hairspray’

Marisha Wallace and Lizzie Bea will join Michael Ball in the West End revival of Hairspray the Musical at the London Coliseum in 2020.

Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls) will play Motormouth Maybelle and Bea (Kinky Boots UK tour) will play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.

The previously announced Ball will reprise the role of Edna Turnblad, for which he won both a WhatsOnStage Award and an Olivier Award.

Michael Ball is currently playing Javert in an all-star production of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre, having recently starred in the first major West End revival of Chess at the Coliseum 

The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from next April for a strictly limited 18-week season.

Based on the cult John Waters movie, Hairspray is a colourful, fun and vibrant show which follows Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart – as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular dance show.

The original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell return to the hit musical which features the infectiously feel-good songs Good Morning Baltimore, You Can’t Stop the Beat and Big, Blonde and Beautiful.

Marisha Wallace responded to the news on twitter.

Further casting for the musical will be announced.

Hairspray The Musical is booking from 1 September 2020 until 8 November 2020 at the London Coliseum.

Hairspray The Musical tickets are now available.

UPDATE: This article was amended on 3 April to update re-scheduled dates for this production. Previously scheduled to run from 23 April 2020 until 30 August 2020 at the London Coliseum.

Hairspray: Only 8 weeks to go

The producers of Hairspray have announced that it will close in 8 weeks time at the Shaftesbury Theatre, on 28 March 2010, following two and a half years of big-haired success.

The Olivier and Tony award winning musical has played over 1,000 performances and grossed over £50 million in the UK, becoming the longest running show at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 40 years.

Based on the cult John Waters movie, Hairspray is a colourful, fun and vibrant show which follows Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart – as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular dance show.

As the show closes in the West End it will embark on a nationwide tours, with dates including Cardiff, Glasgow, Southampton, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Birmingham.

Brian Conley will return to the cast to play Edna Turnblad for the final eight weeks of the London run, with former Monkee Micky Dolenz playing doting husband Wilbur and Chloe Hart continuing to play Tracy.

Hairspray producer Bill Taylor said: “Every show, even a big, glorious hit show like this one, has a natural life and for now it is time for Hairspray to leave London. Margo Lion and the Broadway producers of Hairspray join Stage Entertainment in thanking every member of the company who has been involved in making it such a success and every audience member who joined us at the Shaftesbury theatre over its record-breaking run.”

Save £25 on tickets to see Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

Belinda Carlisle to join Hairspray

It’s all change at Hairspray as the producers announce another cast change starting 26 October. Pop star Belinda Carlisle will join the big-budget, big-hair show as Velma Von Tussle, alongside the Never Mind The Buzzcocks comedian Phill Jupitus, who will take the role of Edna Turnblad, formerly played by Michael Ball and currently by Brian Conley.

Also musicals stalwart Sharon D Clarke , who has played many of the West End’s big shows, will take the role of Motormouth Mabel.

Other cast members remain in place including Chloe Hart (Tracy Turnblad), Verity Rushworth (Penny) Liam Tamne (Link Larkin), Adrian Hansel (Seaweed) and Raquel Jones (Little Inez) all remain with the show and are joined by new cast members Tony Timberlake (Wilbur Turnblad), Nicola Brazil (Amber Von Tussle) and Gavin Alex (Corny Collins).

Hairspray has won numerous awards including the Olivier Award Best Musical gong and Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards.

Hairspray starts Sunday performances from Sunday 8 November, running Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 3.00pm.

Hairspray discount tickets: Save £27.50 on tickets with westendtheatre.com

BACKGROUND

Belinda Carlisle is a Grammy Award nominated singer and actress.  As lead singer of the groundbreaking band The GoGo’s she was part of the first ever girl group who wrote and played their own music to top the Billboard Charts in the US.  Following extensive touring with The GoGo’s, her solo career was hugely successful with global hits including Circle In The Sand, Leave A Light On For Me, I Get Weak, We Want The Same Thing, Live Your Life Be Free and the international number one Heaven Is A Place On Earth.  Screen credits include the movie “Swing Shift” and appearances on “Dancing With The Stars” (ABC) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (ITV1).  Based in France, Belinda still performs around the world.

Phill Jupitus is a broadcaster, writer and actor who has appeared on British television & radio and the stage for over 20 years.  His career began at record label Go Discs where he was press officer for The Housemartins and directed videos for Billy Bragg and Kirsty McColl.  He also worked as a performance poet and compered for acts like Madness, The Who and Paul Weller before becoming a regular fixture on the UK comedy circuit.  He has appeared on many television and radio panel shows including “QI” and “News Quiz”, as well as being a regular team captain on the hit BBC 2 show “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, and has toured extensively with his one man shows.  As a DJ, Phil played the first ever record on BBC 6Music as host of the “Breakfast Show”, which he presented for five years.  He is also a columnist (and sometime cartoonist) for The Times’s football supplement The Game and regularly records very successful football and music podcasts.

Sharon D Clarke is a prolific West End, television and radio star and recording artist.  Her stage credits include “Chicago”, “We Will Rock You”, “The Lion King”, “Rent” and “Guys & Dolls” as well as many productions at the Hackney Empire.  On television she has appeared in “The Singing Detective”, “Waking The Dead”, “The Crust” and she played Dr Lolo Griffin on BBC 1’s “Holby City” for more than three years.  She also appeared as a judge on the hugely successful “Last Choir Standing” for the BBC in 2008.  She has appeared on many chart singles as a guest vocalist, including Going Back To My Roots (with FPI Project) and I Wanna Give You Devotion (with Nomad).

Brian Conley to join Hairspray

Save £25 on tickets to Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Brian Conley is to join the cast of Hairspray, replacing Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad, from Monday 27 July. Also joining the cast will be newcomer Chloe Hart playing Tracy Turnblad and Liam Tamne (Wicked) as Link Larkin.

Recently Nigel Planer (The Young Ones) and Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale) joined the Hairspray team. The musical continues to break all box office records at the Shaftesbury Theatre and is booking until April 2010.

Brian Conley is one of the UK’s biggest entertainment stars with credits spanning musicals, television, film, comedy and variety.  His career highlights include multiple series of “The Brian Conley Show” for ITV, regular appearances at “The Royal Variety Show”, television comedies “The Grimleys” and “Time After Time” and lead roles in hit musicals “Me & My Girl”, “Jolson” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, as well as many sold-out comedy and music tours and pantomimes.

In a recent press announcement by the production, Brian said: “I’ve done a lot in my career, but wearing a dress and heels every night and being married to Nigel Planer weren’t things I was expecting to be doing all at the same time, and in front of thousands of people!  I’m absolutely delighted to be back in the West End and joining one of the most uplifting, happy and, not to mention, successful shows in town.  Being part of something that brings a smile to people’s faces, especially in these troubled times, is a real treat and I can’t wait to get on stage at the Shaftesbury.”

Save £25 on tickets to Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre

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