Michael Ball makes a welcome return to the capital as he reprises his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray: the Musical which now arrives triumphantly back onto the West End stage at the London Coliseum where the huge-hearted, smash-hit musical will play a strictly limited season from June 2021.
The scene is set in Baltimore, 1962 where young Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with both big hair as well as big dreams. Is it possible she can she make it big on the local TV dance show, capture the heart of Link Larkin, the local teen heartthrob and bring everyone together – whatever their size, colour or hairdo? Sometimes, if you want a change things, you really do have to shake things up properly!
Brought back to London by the original and award-winning team of director Jack O’Brien along with choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and packed full of infectiously feel-good songs including 'Big, Blonde and Beautiful', 'Good Morning Baltimore' and 'You Can’t Stop the Beat' this inspirational, fabulously uplifting and fun loving musical is back in town, and bigger than ever…but for just 12 weeks only so don’t miss out – book now!
Seating PlanLondon Coliseum Seating Plan
AddressSt Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Directions from nearest tube
(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.
St. Martin's Lane 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night Bus Numbers
St. Martin's Lane 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
Within Congestion Zone
Although the show is only scheduled to play for a limited season at the London Coliseum, it is expected that with such a stellar cast lining up to perform, tickets to Hairspray will be in great demand meaning that bargain hunters will need to avoid weekend performances and be a little creative with the seating to secure maximum value. The good news for those on a budget is that the London Coliseum is a huge venue that features four tiers that will need to be filled for 8 shows per week and this should mean that midweek performances will offer up some decent prices in the cheaper sections of the theatre. For hard core bargain hunters, the London Coliseum does offer a small selection of 'day tickets' which are sold at a discount of the morning of the performance for those prepared to queue up and try their luck!
Although the London Coliseum is such a huge venue situated on four different levels there are sections in the centre blocks of both the balcony and upper circle that despite the great height do offer completely clear views of the stage. Both upper circle and balcony tickets to Hairspray can offer up good value for money for those on a budget but it is strongly advised that customers check the seating plan thoroughly before booking to ensure complete transparency over their purchase as in both sections some of the seats towards the sides will feature slight restrictions to the view.
With so many seats to fill for 8 separate shows every week it is entirely possible that towards the end of its run that some discount Hairspray tickets could be available for midweek shows and matinees that sometimes feature understudy's in the starring roles. While this is of course not guaranteed, theatre producers do tend to review availability on a weekly basis and price tickets accordingly so checking prices online on a regular basis can bring big savings for those not nailed down to specific dates.
In a theatre the size of the London Coliseum it is not surprising that there will be certain productions where some seats will feature slight restrictions to the view of the stage. Tickets to Hairspray in the stalls are located in three different sections and the only restrictions come on the far sides where the end of the stage is obscured. There are no issues from the overhang from the circle and thankfully also no pillars to negotiate. In the dress circle there are five different blocks and again it is only the seats on the far sides that feature some slight restrictions to the view but these are minimal and there are no issues from the overhang from the upper circle. In the upper circle there are three different blocks of seats and there are some minor restrictions to the view on the sides and sometimes minor issues with the sound being slightly muffled towards the rear by the overhang from the balcony. The balcony level is situated very high up on the third floor and features no less than seven different blocks of seats. Because of the height and distance from the stage, seats in this part of the theatre should only be considered by hard core bargain hunters and it is strongly recommended to study the seating plan thoroughly before making your purchase as 'cheap' is not always a bargain!