Hairspray hits the high notes

Smash hit musical comedy Hairspray will take Nottingham by storm next month as the larger than life show descends on the Theatre Royal.

From 1st - 12th March you could be transported back in time to swinging 60s.

It’s 1962 to be precise. The 50s are out and change is in the air.

Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing.

She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, the Corny Collins Show and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.

But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy mother out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny’s show for good and win the heart of local heart throb Link Larkin, all without denting her ‘do’?

If anyone can, Tracy can.

The show is sure to get audiences dancing in the aisles.

The song repertoire takes Tracy from the soundstage of a 60s style dance show to the streets of Baltimore to a downtown rhythm and blues record shop.

Hairspray the musical is adapted from the original 1988 film directed by John Waters.

Ex Brookside and Coronation Street actor Michael Starke will take on the larger than life role of heroine Edna Turnblad.

Starring alongside him will be Monkees star Micky Dolenz playing the loveable, slightly crazy joke shop owner Wilbur Turnblad.

Looking forward to the Hairspray tour, Michael Starke said: “I’m over the moon to be joining the hairspray tour.”

“What more can you ask than to be on stage each night, surrounded by a fantastic cast, and in a dress?”

“I’ve seen the show in London and love it, and now I can’t wait to be a part of the family.”

Starke follows in the footsteps of Michael Ball who originally played Edna Turnblad in the London production and won an Olivier Award for the role.

London audiences will be delighted to see Ball returning to the role at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre as part of this tour.

The 2011 UK tour takes in London, Bristol, Eastbourne and Aberdeen, as well as Nottingham.

Hairspray runs at Nottingham Theatre Royal from Tuesday 1st March until Saturday 12th March.

Performances are at 7.30pm each evening, Wednesday matinee at 2pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced between £19 and £42.50. Concessions are available on request.

To book call 0115 9895555 or visit