Hairspray UK Tour 2022 – Schedule, casting and tickets

Last Updated on 24th May 2022

The Hairspray UK Tour is now on the road continuing into 2022. Be one of the brightest kids in town and book Hairspray tickets now.

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The Hairspray UK tour is now on the road continuing into 2022.  Join Our Mailing List to get Touring Updates on Hairspray

The Hairspray UK Tour will be directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie.

The show, with music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will have musical direction by Ben Atkinson, sound design by Ben Harrison, lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sets and costume design by Takis.

It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray will star musical theatre star and television presenter Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor, Loose Women and Songs of Praise) will star as Motormouth Maybelle in the UK and Ireland tour of Hairspray.  Comedy legend Norman Pace (ITV’s The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad alongside West End leading man Alex Bourne (Annie, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) as Edna Turnblad.

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The cast of Hairspray 2022 Tour. Photo: Mark Senior

Katie Brace will make her professional stage debut as Tracy Turnblad with Rebecca Thornhillas Velma, Richard Meek as Corny Collins, Ross Clifton as Link Larkin, Jessica Croll as Amber Von Tussle, Rebecca Jane Davies as Penny Pingleton and Charlotte St. Croix as Little Inez.

The full cast includes: Elizabeth Armstrong, Bernadette Bangura, Natalia Brown, Shaquille Brush, Liam Dean, Andrew Dillion, Amandla Elynah, Zoe Heighton, Ceris Hine, Paul Hutton, Jamie Jonathan, Hayley Johnston, Joshua Nkemdilim, Rosie O’Hare, Alexanda O’Reilly, Joshua Pearson, Joseph Poulton and Elliotte Williams-N’Dure.


John Thomson Hairspray Tour
John Thomson

Television and comedy star John Thomson (Cold Feet, The Fast Show) will join the smash-hit UK tour of Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad this Christmas for three weeks at Blackpool Winter Gardens (13 December – 2 January).

In his first-ever musical theatre stage role, John will be joining musician, actress and television presenter Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor, Loose Women and Songs of Praise) who has starred as Motormouth Maybelle since the tour opened in Jun 2021 as well as previous runs of the tour. West End leading man Alex Bourne (Annie, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) will continue in the role of Edna Turnblad.


Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, 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 the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

PLEASE NOTE: This touring production of Hairspray IS NOT the production that was running at the London Coliseum (with Michael Ball).


Information updated 7 December 2021

13 December 2021 – 1 January 2022
Blackpool Winter Gardens

10 – 15 January 2022
Sunderland Empire

24 – 29 January 2022
Wycombe Swan

31 January – 5 February 2022
Royal and Derngate Northampton

7 – 12 February 2022
Churchill Theatre Bromley

14 – 19 February 2022
Cardiff New Theatre

14 – 19 March 2022
Edinburgh Playhouse

21 – 26 March 2022
Orchard Theatre Dartford

28 March – 2 April 2022
King’s Theatre Glasgow


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