Big hair, big songs, big show

MEET THE TURNBLADS: Robbie Love, Holly Brown and John Haydock (above and inset) play the f
MEET THE TURNBLADS: Robbie Love, Holly Brown and John Haydock (above and inset) play the f

The story of a ‘pleasantly plump’ teenager who pursues stardom as a dancer while battling racial segregation comes to the Grand Theatre stage next week.

Hairspray broke box office records when it was released at the cinema and now LADOS (Lancaster Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society) are bringing the show to the city.

The star of the show, Tracy Turnblad, is played by Holly Brown, complete with fat suit made by her mum Nicola Brierley.

Her mum Edna, the role played by John Travolta in the film, will be taken by Robbie Love, a tall, slim, 23-year-old man. John Haydock plays Edna’s husband Wilbur.

The all-singing and all-dancing show, which breaks down boundaries created by racism and body image, is bound to have everybody on their feet, following on from LADOS’ acclaimed adaptation of Oliver last year.

Expect all the classic songs including ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, ‘It Takes Two’, ‘Big, Blonde and Beautiful’ and ‘The Nicest Kids In Town’.

Performances are from May 5 to May 9 starting at 7.30pm in the evenings, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 on Tuesday, £12 for other performances.

Family tickets cost £45. Groups of 10 or more pay £11 per person. Buy from the box office on 01524 64695, or in person on St Leonardgate during opening hours, or at www.lancastergrand.co.uk