27 – 31 October 2015

The hit Broadway musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan comes to the Theatre Royal presented by Nottingham Operatic Society.

The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

From the 1960s style dance music to the soulful rhythm and blues, Hairspray is sure to get audience members dancing in the aisles. Hairspray, winner of 8 Tony Awards, is a family-friendly musical full of laughter, romance, and wonderful tuneful songs. With one of the most upbeat and catchy scores of all time, HAIRSPRAY includes tunes such as “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now,” “It Takes Two,” “Welcome to the 60’s,” “I Can Hear The Bells” and more.


Musical Director – Steve Williams

Director/Choreographer- Denise Palin

Rehearsal accompanists – David Hails


Tracy Turnblad- Aston Fisher


Edna Turnblad- Dan Armstrong


Wilbur Turnblad- Ian Pottage


Link Larkin- Jacob Seelochan


Penny Lou Pingleton- Lauren Gill


Amber Von Tussle- Lizzy Ives


Velma Von Tussle- Alison Hope


Seaweed J. Stubbs- Aadyl Muller


Motormouth Maybelle- Janine Jacques


Little Inez- Grace Hodgett- Young


Corny Collins- Mark Coffey- Bainbridge


Pit Singers- Nick Smith, Simon Theobald, Kate Williams, Adele Lee & Alice Hands

Prudy Pingleton/Prison Matron/Gym Teacher- Carolyn McVicar

Mr Pinky/ Harold Spritzer/Male Authority Figure- Shaun Hanrahan

Female Council Members- Catherine Cunningham, Lucy Castle, Laura Ellis, Bethany Wear & Sarah Millington

Male Council Members- James Murray, Oliver Smith, Paice Lees, Sam Jones & Lucas Young

Black Students/Community- Maya Thompson, Candice Curnow- Newland, Rianna Feghali & Christine Booth

Dynamites- Adele Lee, Kate Williams and Alice Hands

Pinkys- Amanda Dixon-Smith, Louise Fiddes & Laurel Fiddes

Beatnik Chick- Amy Rogers-Gee

Hooker- Harriet Hollowell

Ensemble- David Hargreaves, Anthony Watson, Natasha Brown, Katie Taylor, Kate Thresher, Biba Tribbenese, Louise Johnson, Harriet Hollowell, Amy Rogers-Gee, Amanda Dixon-Smith, Louise Fiddes, Laurel Fiddes, Vivienne Tay.