Hairspray West End cast confirmed confirmed in full with Michael Ball, Paul Merton and Rita Simons

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The full cast of Hairspray's upcoming revival in London's West End has been confirmed.

The original production of Hairspray - directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell - will return to the stage later this year.


Hairspray plays at the London Coliseum from April 23 through to July 19 in 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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Michael Ball will reprise his role as Edna Turnblad for the revival having won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for his work in the original production.

Comedian Paul Merton - a regular on BBC One's Have I Got News For You - will make his West End debut in the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Rita Simons (EastEnders) will appear as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies (Sex Education) as Link Larkin.

Lizzie Bea (Kinky Boots, Becoming Nancy) will star as Tracy Tunblad while Marisha Wallace (Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Waitress) will take the role of Motormouth Maybelle.

Georgia Anderson plays Amber von Tussle, Kimani Arthur plays Little Inez and Dermot Canavan plays Wilbur.

Completing the company are Lori Haley Fox, Mari McGinlay, Ashley Samuels, Michael Vinsen and Imogen Bailey (Shelly), 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.

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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.

The musical made its debut on Broadway in 2002 and features a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Hairspray's first London production opened in 2007, receiving a record-setting eleven Olivier Award nominations of which it won four, including Best Musical.