Promo: Feel-good musical Hairspray returns to Royal & Derngate Jan 31st – 5th Feb

Feel-good musical Hairspray returns to Royal & Derngate

The international smash hit musical Hairspray returns to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, from Monday 31 January to Saturday 5 February, as part of a major UK tour.

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.

Starring West End favourite Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and comedy legend Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad, this much-loved feel-good musical comedy features the hit songs Welcome to the 60s, Can’t Stop the Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town among many others. The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.

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 Academy Award, Tony and Emmy-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, 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 four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. 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.

Hairspray bursts onto the Derngate stage from Monday 31 January to Saturday 5 February, with performances at 7.30pm nightly, and matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. To book tickets – priced from £19* – call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit

* A charge of £3.50 applies for all transactions of £20 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Members or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.


Director: Paul Kerryson

Choreographer: Drew McOnie

Lighting Designer: Philip Gladwell

Sound Designer: Ben Harrison

Produced by Mark Goucher and Matthew Gale


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

Katie Brace makes her professional stage debut as Tracy Turnblad with Rebecca Thornhill as 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.
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