“I haven’t been forced to smile, laugh and feel that great in such a long time. Hairspray at Bromley Churchill Theatre deserves a feel-good award,” says reporter Immy Share.

The standing ovation at the end of the show says it all.

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Every single person in the audience was stood up singing, dancing and cheering as the incredible cast performed You Can’t Stop The Beat to close the show.

I have never seen anything quite like it at a theatre performance before, and feeling happy was the only option for every audience member.

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I went to watch Hairspray at Bromley Churchill Theatre on Monday night, and absolutely loved it.

The cast members were beyond talented, the songs were so brilliantly choreographed and performed and the humour was depicted perfectly.

I kept finding myself smiling unapologetically, and wanting to burst into song myself.

The story was told seamlessly and I didn’t want to go home.

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I didn’t want to return back into London’s 2022 with delayed trains on the journey home, I wanted to stay in 1962 Baltimore forever - for a life of song, pining for equality and brilliantly permed hair.

Katie Brace marked her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad and she was absolutely phenomenal – hilarious, clever, talented, all-round stunning and deserving of every applaud given to her.

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Rebecca Jayne-Davies’ cutesy, gum-chewing, innocently incredible performance as Penny was second-to-none, and Reece Richards and Ross Clifton had the whole audience swooning as they played Hairspray sweethearts Seaweed and Link Larkin.

Charlotte St Croix as Little Inez, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Alex Bourne and Norman Place as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad were hooking, hilarious and made the show what it was.

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I want to be friends with them all, and I want to go back and watch it again and again.

Hairspray was undoubtedly the best show I've ever seen in the theatre, and I reckon it'll take a lot to beat it.

Bromley is nothing but lucky to be home to this show for the next week, so if you can do anything – get yourself some tickets.

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Go and support our local theatre, cheer on the cast, and if nothing else, put a smile on the faces of your family and friends.

After all, you can’t stop the beat!

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