Review: Hairspray at Buxton Opera House

Hairspray UK tour

Hairspray at Buxton Opera House – bright, colourful and joy from start to finish ★ ★ ★ ★

Wow this is some show! Non-stop entertainment from start to finish with fantastically talented performers bringing the musical comedy Hairspray to Buxton Opera House this week.

Hairspray tells the tale of Tracey Turnblad, (Rebecca Mendosa) a big girl with big hair in 1962 Baltimore, desperate to get onto national TV and become a star.  Passing the audition she is soon on her way overcoming the many obstacles of race and equality.    Falling in love with sexy heartthrob Link Larkin (Edward Chitticks) Tracey’s big heart envelopes everyone around her.

Hairspray UK tour

Brenda Edwards who played Motormouth Maybelle has come a long way since reaching the semi-final of the X Factor in 2005 – and what a voice, pure soul and her numbers absolutely bought the house down that’s for sure.

Hairspray UK tour

Terrific numbers belted out into the auditorium by the supporting cast, you could see the audience absolutely loved it, such glorious talent seen tonight.    Dance routines were unbelievably clever, the cast worked so hard to produce what can only be described as a wonderfully feel-good show. The lighting effects were superb, costumes great and we were transported back to 1962 without a doubt.

Hairspray UK tour

It’s a long time since I’ve seen a musical as good as this and that includes the London stage, so folks, if you want a brilliantly entertaining night out in our beautiful theatre, get on down to the Opera House and I will guarantee that you will be out of your seat and on your feet at the end to applaud these wonderful entertainers, just like we did tonight.


Christine Francis for Explore Buxton

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Hairspray is on until Saturday 28th October at Buxton Opera House, Water Street, SK17 6XN.

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