The production is set to play at the London Coliseum from the 21st June.

It has been announced that Les Dennis will be joining the cast of the upcoming production of Hairspray, which is set to play a limited season at the London Coliseum from the 21st June until the 29th September.

Les Dennis’s career has spanned fifty years as a comedian, impressionist, game show host, reality TV star, soap, screen and stage actor. he now joins the cast of Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad having previously performed the role on tour. He replaces Paul Merton in the role following the delay to the production because of the pandemic, Paul is unfortunately not able to join the company due to long-standing scheduling commitments.

He will be starring alongside Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad, Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad, Marisha Wallace as Motormouth, Rita Simons as Velma Von Tussle and Jonny Amies  as Link Larkin.

The full company includes Georgia Anderson, Kimani Arthur, Dermot Canavan, Lori Haley Fox, Mari McGinlay, Ashley Samuels, Michael Vinsen and Imogen Bailey, Pearce Barron, Jordan Benjamin, Joel Cooper, Luke George, Christopher Gopaul, Bradley Judge, Winny Herbert, Lily Laight, Madeleine Lawton, Holly Liburd, Will Luckett, Mireia Mambo, Kody Mortimer, Robyn Rose, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Amy West and Natalie Woods.

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? Well if you want a change, you’ve really got to shake things up!

The creative team for the production includes director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The original New York production of Hairspray won three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, whilst the original West End production won four Olivier Awards, also including Best New Musical, as well giving Michael Ball one of his two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

Hairspray will play at the London Coliseum from the 22nd June until the 29th September. You can book tickets for later in the run here.