Phill Jupitus, Belinda Carlisle and Sharon D Clarke Ready to Gel in Hairspray

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Phill Jupitus is Edna Turnblad. Photos by Hugo GlendinningAll change in the dressing rooms at the Shaftesbury Theatre as Hairspray announces an exciting new cast.

From 26 October, comedian Phill Jupitus, 80s popstrel Belinda Carlisle, and West End regular and Holby City star Sharon D Clarke take on the top characters in the hit West End show.

Jupitus replaces Brian Conley as the flowery, flouncy, larger-than-life leading lady Edna Turnblad. It’ll certainly be a change from his usual stints as a broadcaster and panel-show regular, but we can’t wait to see the full transformation!

While it’s Jupitus’s first time in a musical, this isn’t his West End debut: he appeared in Lifecoach at the Trafalgar Studios last year.

This will be the first time in the West End for Belinda Carlisle. If you don’t remember her from The Go-Gos, or as a solo artist (Oooh, heaven is a place on earth should ring a few bells!), you might have seen her more recently in Hell’s Kitchen and Dancing With The Stars. Belinda will take on the role of the evil Velma Von Tussle, glamorous white supremacist and controller of the local TV station.

Sharon D Clarke is one of our favourite musical stars: she’s appeared in Chicago, We Will Rock You, The Lion King and in panto at the Hackney Empire. However, she’s probably best known as Dr Lola Griffin in BBC hospital drama Holby City. Sharon has a wonderful voice and a great stage presence; she’s sure to be a hit as Motormouth Maybelle, celebrity DJ and owner of Baltimore’s biggest set of lungs!

The 26 October also sees other changes in the cast:

Chloe Hart, Verity Rushworth, Liam Tamne, Adrian Hansel and Raquel Jones all continue in the show.

Book your tickets now for what’s sure to be another fantastic casting success for Hairspray, one of the West End’s best-loved shows.


  1. londonlover says:

    I was sad to miss out on seeing Michael Ball in this, esp as he won those awards for the part… but I think seeing Phil Jupitus would be even bettter! Can’t wait! Thsi sounds ace…