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Tue 21 May - Sat 1 Jun 2013 (ARCHIVED LISTING)

The West End's favourite musical comedy, Hairspray, is coming back to Birmingham Hippodrome!

Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and win the boy she loves.
Stage and screen star Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, Early Doors) will play the larger than life Turnblad family matriarch Edna in the show. Mark will be joined by EastEnders star Lucy Benjamin who will play the role of scheming TV executive and archetypal ‘showbiz mom’ Velma Von Tussle, X Factor finalist Marcus Collins as Seaweed Stubbs and newcomer Freya Sutton as big-hearted, big-haired teen heroine Tracy Turnblad.
Hairspray is the musical with everything - the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sold out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe.
Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Hit - Book Now!  

Listen to the Hairspray podcast featuring Marcus Collins, Mark Benton and Lucy Benjamin here.

Watch our video series "You Can't Stop The Beat!"...
Click here to watch our video interview with Marcus Collins
Click here to see Lucy Benjamin's interview
Click here for our chat with Mark Benton



‘Hairspray is without doubt, the best touring musical you will see this year’ ***** Whatsonstage

Hairspray remains a funny, frothy and feelgood musical and the hard working cast make it the perfect show to see on tour' ***** Whatsonstage. Read full review HERE
'this show is an energetic rollercoaster ride of infectious rhythm.' Salford Online. Read full review HERE
'This is a party with a heart'  *****Thepublicreviews. Read full review HERE
'This is popular entertainment at its best from a company that knows how to send its audiences home happy and shouting for more.' British Theatre Guide. Read full review HERE

‘The ultimate feel-good show’ The Guardian

‘The most happy, funny, sunny show in town’ Sunday Express

‘The musical with everything - a triumph!’ Observer


Mon - Thu Eves at 7.30pm & Wed Mats at 2pm


Fri & Sat Eves at 7.30pm, Fri 31 Mat at 2pm & Sat Mats at 2.30pm


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Dining at Circle
Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.
Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.
Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.
Quick Bites at Deli Bar
If you are short on time and looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show, our Deli Bar offers the perfect solution. Situated on Front Circle Foyer, in front of our main entrance, the Deli Bar offers a selection of hot or cold dishes as well as a variety of delicious sandwiches, desserts, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Click above for more info.
Theatre Packages
Whether it’s VIP treatment, Romance or a ‘Night Out with the Girls ‘, we’ve just the package for you. Treat your family, friends or loved ones to something special, our 3 packages are designed to make your visit to the Hippodrome extra special and are ideal to celebrate special occasions.Click above for more details and contact details.
Our bars, conveniently positioned on each main foyer level serve a great range of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, Champagne by the bottle or glass and fresh 'bean to cup' coffee.
Tue 21 May - Sat 1 Jun 2013 (ARCHIVED LISTING)


Went to see the hairspray on 1.6.2013 at 2.30pm, it was the best show ever, Freya, Marcus and the rest of the cast was amazing great dancing and singing, and funny., will go again. Lisa Smith //2.6.2013
lisa smith \\ 02/06/2013
We saw the show yesterday which was every bit as good as the West End version we enjoyed some years ago when it opened. Great costumes, choreography and staging. The cast really pulled-out the stops to ensure everyone enjoyed the performance. We were slightly disappointed initially to learn that Mark Benton wasn't appearing but his replacement was first class - in fact a dead-ringer for Divine which was a bonus! Thanks for a wonderful show.
Kathy Hampden \\ 01/06/2013
We really enjoyed the show and saw it on Tues 29th May - one thing , was there someone else playing mark Bentons part that night - that was never him surely??
Great show!! \\ 29/05/2013
I went to see the performance last night, what can I say the BEST show I've seen. Brilliant atmosphere, just a pure thrill. Me and my friend are hoping to see it again it was that good. Well done to all who help it make it the show it is !!!
Emilee Corbett \\ 26/05/2013
My two friends and i saw the show last night and wow we loved it. The cast were amazing! We were buzzing when we left. Mark Benton made me cry with laughter Marcus Collins Freya Sutton and Lucy Benjamin were fabulous and i loved Amber Von Tussle's sulking face at the end made me chuckle!! The whole cast were fab well done. A real feel good show.
Emma Griffiths \\ 26/05/2013
The whole family came to see the show on Saturday night and we had an absolute ball. What a fabulous show ~ full of fun and frolics! Great comedic moments especially between Mr & Mrs T ~ great cast and such talent on display. Our 8 year old son was rapt by Marcus (Seaweed)and delighted to note he was wearing converse also! Thank you Hipp for providing continuous and excellent shows whether it be the Full Monty for a girls night, phantom or the ballet with my daughter or one of the many family shows ~ we love love love having you on our doorstep! (Even if the town was manic this weekend for LGBT celebrations!)
The Tennants \\ 26/05/2013
My friend and I went to see the show on the first night after a LONG day at work. What a treat! The atmosphere was electric, the singing and dancing were impeccable and the live music is always a bonus. Pure delightful theatre, packing a great big punch. Good also to see the chemistry between the main performers. It works guys, it really works! Thank you.
Julia  \\ 24/05/2013
A really fantastic evening enjoyed by my wife and myself, well done to the cast for a stunning show.
john bennett \\ 23/05/2013
It was a great show
Chloe \\ 22/05/2013
Hairspray should be available on the nhs, you leave feeling happy and it is an absolute tonic. Freya, Marcus and Mark are perfection and the whole cast is amazing. Go and see it, fantastic songs, dancing and storyline. Loved it from start to finish. I want to go again, it really is superb!
Andrea Roberts \\ 22/05/2013
really great got the hairspray got the feeling got the comedy got everything
matthew \\ 20/11/2012
For those of you who have seen hairspray yet i recomend you go and see it for you will find it rilly funny . It is a fanstastice show
Lola palmer \\ 14/11/2012

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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome. For further queries on the information below please contact Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000.
£10 off tickets on Opening Night, price bands A-C. LIMITED AVAILABILITY.
Standard discount of £5 off Price A, £4 off B, £3 off C (Mon - Thu Eves, Wed & Fri Mats)
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Mon - Wed Eves & Wed Mat
Price Bands A, B, C
• 10+ £39, £33, £27
• 20+ £38, £32, £26
• 35+ (1 free) £37, £31, £25
Fri 31 May Mat
Book before 12 November 2012:
• 8+ £40, £35, £31
• 16+ (1 free) £39, £34, £30
• 24+ (2 free) £38, £33, £29
After 12 November 2012:
• 10+ £42, £37, £33
• 20+ £41, £36, £32
• 35+ (1 free) £40, £35, £31
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Tue 21 May at 7.30pm & Wed 22 May at 2pm
School Groups 10+ £15 per ticket plus 1 teacher goes FREE for every 10 booked.  
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Tue - Thu Eves, Wed & Fri 31 May Mats
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Approx 2 hours and 35 mins including an interval of 20 mins.

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