Hairspray musical set for Buxton stage

The much-loved musical comedy Hairspray comes to Buxton as part of a new national tour by the show’s director Paul Kerryson – who also happens to be the executive director of the town’s Opera House.

The show was booked by the Opera House before he took up the post last December and he is thrilled that Buxton is one of the 30 venues on the tour which began in Wales last month and will finish in Cheltenham next June.

The star cast includes Norman Pace (one half of Hale and Pace) as Wilbur Turnblad; Matt Rixon as Edna; Layton Williams playing the role of Seaweed and musical theatre star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle.

Newcomer Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

Choreography for the tour is by Drew McOnie.

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.”

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 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 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. Following the show’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

Hairspray is on stage in Buxton from October 23-28. To buy tickets call the box office on 01298 72190 or visit