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Hairspray West End revival postponed until September 2020

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Hairspray's upcoming revival has been postponed until September 2020 in the wake of the West End shutdown.

The original production of Hairspray - directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell - had been due to return to the stage from April 23 at the London Coliseum.

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However producers have announced that performances will now begin on Tuesday 1 September running to Sunday 8 November.

A statement reads: "These are extraordinary times, so I'm sure you understand that in line with the current suspension of performances across the West End, we’re not able to begin performances on 23 April as planned.

"But don't worry - you can't stop the beat!

"Performances of Hairspray at the London Coliseum are being rescheduled to begin on Tuesday 1 September.

"If you have already booked a ticket via the London Coliseum Box Office they will be in touch with you about rescheduling your tickets to a performance of your choice during the new performance dates - Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 8 November. Existing bookers have priority until Monday 4 May to move their tickets to a new performance.

"If you booked through a ticket agent, they will be in touch with you directly with your options. You will also have priority until Monday 4 May to move your tickets to a new performance – Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 8 November.

"We look forward to you joining us at the London Coliseum from September. But in the event you can’t attend on the new dates, please contact your point of purchase if you require a refund. Public booking reopens on Tuesday 5 May.

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"In the meantime, stay healthy and stay gawjus!"

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.

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 will appear in the role of Wilbur Turnblad while Rita Simons will appear as Velma von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.

Lizzie Bea will star as Tracy Tunblad with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Georgia Anderson as Amber von Tussle, Kimani Arthur as Little Inez and Dermot Canavan as Wilbur.

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