Hairspray back on national tour in 2017

2015_2016 cast of Hairspray. Credit Ellie Kurttz (1)

The 2015-16 cast of Hairspray. Picture: Ellie Kurttz

Producers have confirmed the successful touring production of the hit musical Hairspray will begin its second major UK and Ireland tour in Cardiff on 16 August 2017.

The production of the multi-award winning show will visit more than 30 venues on its return trip around the country which will last until the early summer of 2018.

Mark Goucher, one of the show’s producers said: “I am incredibly proud of this production of Hairspray and thrilled that it will be travelling the country again. The universal appeal of this heart-warming show has continued to delight us all, with families and musical theatre lovers alike packing out theatres night after night.”

Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie, musical direction by Ben Atkinson, set and costume design by takis, lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sound design by Ben Harrison.

The tour will follow its opening run at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff with dates in Dartford, Dublin, Blackpool, Sunderland, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leicester, Buxton, Belfast, Aylesbury, Carlisle, Bradford, Guildford, Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Inverness, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Hull, Llandudno, Canterbury and Southend.

Casting and further details will be announced at a later date.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters, the musical has music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai.

Hairspray is produced by Goucher and Laurence Myers, Tom O’Connell Productions Ltd, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Gale King Productions, Gary Brown and the Curve Theatre Leicester.

Angela Thomas


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