Leanne and Johnnie
Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8DP
Shaftesbury theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Shaftesbury Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 11th Oct 07
Opens 30th Oct 07
Closes 28th Mar 10
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 3.00 pm

Local Info
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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Hairspray is set in the early 60's and has some serious overtones such as racism in Baltimore way back then. And the leading Tracy did something about it - not just griping references to it as a problem.

The show is high energy featuring fat ladies who have come into their own as stars reminiscent of the olden days of Opera. In real life TV competition shows have brought some very charismatic fat girls into the limelight too. The show is based on an 80's film. The show is a lot of fun and runs at high energy all the way through the 2 hours and 40 mins.

"You can't stop my happiness, 'cuz I like the way I am. And you just can't stop my knife and fork when I see a Christmas ham! And if you don't like the way I look, then I just don't give a damn!"

Michael Ball tops the bill as Tracy's mum - not hamming up in drag - playing the part with sensitivity as a woman' (He will no longer appear in Monday evening performances).


Tracy starts as awkward - a bit of a misfit among her peers. Notwithstanding the way she looks she is determined to dance and wins a spot on a local dance show (The corny Collins show). Hugely encouraged she has a chance to live her dream. In fact, in this part - her stage debut - she is fulfilling a dream and the sense of reality comes through. Now she is popular - even a 'teenage sensation' The story goes on to see her relationship develop with a local 'heart throb' and also to winning the competition despite having annoyed the programme organisers by her insistence that black and white men and women should be allowed to dance together.

Director - Jack O'Brien  •  choreographer  - Jerry Mitchell • musical director - Lon Hoyt


Leanne Jones is a rare newcomer and has clearly fulfilled the expectations of her that she has all the ebullience and presence of a 'proper star'.

• Edna Turnblad - Michael Ball • Tracy Turnblad - Leanne Jones • Velma Von Tussle -Tracie Bennett • Inez - Natalie Best • Male Authority cover - Dermot Canavan • Penny Pingleton - Elinor Collett • Motormouth Maybelle - Johnnie Fiori • Seaweed - Adrian Hansel • Corny Collins - Paul Manuel • Female Authority figure - Wendy Somerville • Amber Von Tussle - Rachel Wooding • Link Larkin - Ben James-Ellis • Wilbur turnblad - Ian Talbot

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