Hairspray announces dates for Sunderland Empire in 2021

Hair-flicking musical Hairspray has announced it will be heading to Sunderland in 2021.

By Katy Wheeler
Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 5:34 pm
The previous tour of Hairspray
The previous tour of Hairspray

The musical comedy will play at Sunderland Empire from Monday, March 1 to Saturday, March 6 next year.

Following two successful tours in 2015/16 and 2017/18, producers Mark Goucher and Matthew Gale will tour their smash hit production of Hairspray in 2020-21.

Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this much-loved musical comedy is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson.

The previous Hairspray tour

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    It’s set in 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 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 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 new tour cast will be announced closer to the time

    The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence 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.

    Tickets available from 0844 871 3022 or