Hairspray Returns To The Curve Theatre This September

You can’t stop the beat of the smash hit musical comedy, Hairspray, as it returns to Curve in September 2015 to launch a brand new UK Tour.

It’s 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!

Starring Tony Maudsley (ITV1’s Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Chicago) as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Tumble) as Wilbur Turnblad,  Brenda Edwards(Chicago, We Will Rock You, X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle and  Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin.

Hairspray is the irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away, and what a belter of an opening night did they have last night!

Powerful voices, beautiful costumes and swinging sixties style hair was all the rage at The Curve last night! From the moment you arrived at the Theatre, you could pratically smell the Hairspray! It could have been to do with the fact that local Leicester hair stylist Barrie Stephen and his team were teasing the audience’s hair, including X Factor star Sam Bailey’s, into beehives, bouncy curls and more on their branded stand in the reception area. The team themselves are sponsors of the show at The Curve, bringing their talent to the stage in the form of huge hair, and were handing out goodie bags to the first lucky 40 who passed them by!

Upon entering the auditorium, you were met with screens playing 60s commercials, news bites and more, really setting the scene and whetting everyone’s appetites for the show. Freya Sutton returns as the infectiously smiley Tracy Turnblad, with her beautiful voice reaching all corners of the stage. Tony Maudsley shone as Edna, a character that had rather large shoes to fill, with Divine and John Travolta having played the role on the big screen. He stepped up to the plate, with his new take on Edna- she was funny, vulnerable, sweet and feisty all at the same time, and the chemistry between Maudsley and Duncan, who played onstage husband Wilbur, was electric. They received the biggest laughs and the loudest claps upon finishing their rendition of “(You’re) Timeless to Me”

Other notable performances definitely go to Brenda Edwards who played Motormouth Maybelle and Ashley Gilmour who played the slightly obnoxious yet surprisingly sweet Link Larkin. All in all, not a foot was set wrong, the costumes were superb and the entire cast received a standing ovation towards the end of the play, with the audience clapping and dancing along to the finale. If you’re after a fun night out, then we seriously recommend a trip to the Curve!


The Curve also have more fantastic musicals and shows over the festive period, such as Mary Poppins, A Streetcar Named Desire, Oliver, The Witches, and more.

You can see where Hairspray is heading to after The Curve here.