Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Les Dennis to replace Paul Merton in new production of Hairspray

Les Dennis is joining the cast of Hairspray (Ian West/PA)
Les Dennis is joining the cast of Hairspray (Ian West/PA)

Les Dennis will replace Paul Merton to join the cast of Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad when a new production of the hit musical opens at the London Coliseum.

The comedian previously played the role on tour and will star opposite Michael Ball as he reprises the role of Edna Turnblad, for which he previously won an Olivier Award.

Merton had been due to play the role of Wilbur but is now unable to join the company due to long-standing scheduling commitments, following the delay to the production because of the pandemic.

The hit musical will run at the London Coliseum (Handout)

Lizzie Bea, who previously starred in the UK tour of Kinky Boots, will play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, while West End star Marisha Wallace will take the role of Motormouth.

EastEnders star Rita Simons and Grantchester actor Jonny Amies will also join the cast as Velma Von Tussle and Link Larkin respectively.

Set in Baltimore in 1962, the show follows Tracy Turnblad in her hopes to make it on the local TV dance show and win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

The original New York production of Hairspray won three Tony Awards, including best new musical, while the original West End production won four Olivier Awards, also including best new musical and best actor in a musical for Ball.

Hairspray will run at the London Coliseum from June 21 to September 29.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]