Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

“Please sit back and enjoy this show, but remember in life “Just to sit still would be a crime”, writes Producer Mark Goucher in the programme for the new UK tour of Hairspray. The latest production of the iconic musical takes its audience on a whirlwind tour of 1960s Baltimore through the eyes of vivacious teen Tracey Turnblad as she battles against social prejudice in her quest to dance on live TV.  From the moment…

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Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse

When Hairspray ran in London’s West End in 2008, the musical comedy won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. So, naturally, Edinburgh had high expectations with the hit production coming to town. Based on John Waters’ cult 1988 movie of the same name, Hairspray tells the story of the big girl with the big hair, Tracy Turnblad (played by​ an ever-enthusiastic Rebecca Mendoza​), and her overnight transformation from high school nobody to television star…

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This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

This Week’s Edinburgh Theatre: Top Tickets

It’s amazing the difference a few weeks make. Theatre-goers could have hibernated all the way through January and not missed too much – but it’s all kicking off again now. At the Playhouse, the brand new production of Hairspray promises to be a feel-good feast of a musical, while The Lyceum is putting on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a thought-provoking play that warns of the devastating effect mass hysteria can have in a community. Those…

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