Hairspray comes to Milton Keynes

Hairspray: It's a big, big show
Hairspray: It's a big, big show

Blitz away the drear and replace it will total feel-good cheer with the return of the upbeat, up-tempo Hairspray to Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday, April 1.

Last time around, the rather brilliant Brian Conley took on the bubbly, larger than life role of Edna Turnblad, and this time Mark Benton will be doing the honours.

Mark will be familiar to viewers of Waterloo Road, but then his other primary roles include stints in The Street, Land Girls and you’ll have definitely seen him in those Nationwide adverts from a while back, but – before now – you’ve probably never seen him play anything like the rather unique Edna!

Scheming TV executive Velma Von Tussle is being brought to life by former Eastender Lucy Benjamin, and 2011 X Factor finalist Mark Collins is making his theatre debut as Seaweed Stubbs.

It’s a proficient cast, and a simply cracking story: The year is 1962 and there is a change in the air.

Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair, an even bigger heart and an uncontrollable passion for dancing.

When she wins a spot on a dance programme she goes from outsider to teen celebrity, almost in the blink of an eye.

But can she get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corney’s show for good AND win the heart of hearthrob Link Larkin?

She’s going to be a busy girl!

Tickets start at £15 and rise to £45, and performances are nightly at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

Call 0844 871 7652 to book your place and put a smile on your face.