Review: Hairspray at The Mayflower, Southampton

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I challenge you to leave the theatre after watching Hairspray without a huge smile on your face.

It’s a toe-tapping, brightly coloured, feel-good and memorable musical.

Set in 1960s America at the height of racial segregation, it focuses on the story of teenager Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on live television.

The insight into the racial divides was fascinating yet shocking – but it was all portrayed in a very light hearted way.

Freya Sutton, who plays Tracy, has a stunning voice and is a joy to watch.

But the show is stolen by Tony Maudsley who plays Tracy’s mum Edna. This role has always been played by a man and this was obviously no exception.

Tony and Peter Duncan, who plays Freya’s dad Wilbur, got big, rapturous applause during You’re Timeless to Me.

The highlight was definitely the finale, You Can’t Stop the Beat had the audience on their feet.

Hairspray is not to be missed.

Until Saturday.