Hairspray is the first show back in Barnstaple at the Queen’s Theatre and runs from May 31-June 3

The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple holds its first since closing down this Wednesday (May 31).The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple holds its first since closing down this Wednesday (May 31).

The smash-hit musical Hairspray is the first production back in the Queen’s Theatre as it opens tonight (Wednesday) for a four night run.

Brought to you by Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society, the uplifting, funny and poignant musical has a mix of evening and matinee shows running until Saturday.

The cast are thrilled at being back in their Barnstaple spiritual home after several months of uncertainty over the futures of the theatres following the administration of North Devon Theatres Trust.

The society has been working closely with new interim operator Parkwood Theatres and the company’s general manager Mark Thompson recently told the Gazette: “They have put so much effort into their production to ensure it’s of a high standard, I am sure it’s going to be a great show.”

For those who don’t know, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of starring in her favourite TV show.

Tracey succeeds, and sets the cat amongst the pigeons with her infectious energy and thoughts on segregation.

With the help of teen heartthrob Link Larkin, her mother Edna, and the sensational Motormouth Maybelle, Tracey shows the world that size and colour don’t matter, and brings everybody together once and for all.

Lucy Lock plays Tracey and Edward Gist plays Edna Turnblad, famously played by John Travolta in the film adaptation of Hairspray.

“It’s been an interesting few months for us, due to the closure of North Devon theatres, and we’ve been in limbo really, not knowing where we were going to put Hairspray on,” said Jordan Buckingham, publicity officer and cast member of the show.

“We are extremely fortunate to be the first amateur group (let alone any group) to be performing back at the Queen’s Theatre, and we’re certainly coming back with a bang.

“Hairspray is vibrant, energetic and feel-good, and is bound to get audiences up on their feet and dancing away to the rousing songs and musical numbers.”

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