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Hairspray West End cancels shows after positive Covid cases among company

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The West End production of Hairspray has been forced to cancel more performances.

The show previously announced that a member of the production team had tested positive for Covid, forcing performances to be paused until 13 July.

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A new statement issued today (12 July) revealed that due to “a small number of isolated positive cases of Covid-19 within the company”, the show would remain closed until Sunday, 18 July.

Hairspray is set to resume performances on Tuesday, 20 July.

In a statement posted to social media, the show wrote: “We want to reassure all our audiences that due to the strict processes we have in place at the London Coliseum, no registered cases will have come into contact with anyone visiting the venue & we are confident that we have adhered to all the required health & safety requirements.

“The safety of our customers remains our number one priority.

“Everyone at both the London Coliseum and in the Hairspray team are so sorry that this means these performances cannot go ahead.”

Customers with tickets for cancelled performances will be offered alternative dates or refunds.

The original production of Hairspray – directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell – opened in June for a limited season until 29 September with social distancing in place until 19 July.

The cast features Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award winning role as Edna Turnblad with comedian Les Dennis as Wilbur Turnblad, Rita Simons as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

Lizzie Bea stars as Tracy Tunblad with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Georgia Anderson as Amber von Tussle and Kimani Arthur as Little Inez.

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Based on the 1980s movie of the same name, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland and follows Tracy Turnblad as her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show turns into a campaign for racial integration.

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