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Hairspray at Buxton Opera House!

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The smash hit, musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Buxton with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

The big, bold and beautiful production of the much-loved musical comedy Hairspray is touring more than 30 venues across the length and breadth of the UK, including Buxton in October.

A star cast in the show includes Norman Pace (The Hale and Pace Show) as Wilbur Turnblad with Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers) returning as Edna. Also returning is Layton Williams to play the role of Seaweed alongside musical theatre star Brenda Edwards (The X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle. Newcomer Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

Producer Mark Goucher said: “I am incredibly proud of this production of Hairspray and thrilled that it will be travelling the country again. The universal appeal of this heart-warming show has continued to delight us all, with families and musical theatre lovers alike packing out theatres night after night.”

Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson MBE, who is also known to High Peak residents as Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Executive Director, a post which Paul took up in December 2016. Choreography for the tour of Hairspray is by Drew McOnie.

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

The drama takes place 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 Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop

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 production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. 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.

Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: The Corner Shop


Hairspray is the perfect Half Term treat taking place at Buxton Opera House from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th October 2017.

Tickets are priced from £26 to £42 with discounts are available.

To buy tickets and for more information call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/hairspray 

Pre-show dining is also available at Pavilion Gardens restaurant – reserve your table at the same time as buying your theatre tickets.


Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN