Hairspray hometown production

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Saks was established over 40 years ago, growing from one salon in Darlington in the North East of England to the UK’s leading hair and beauty salon franchise group, now operating across THREE continents… with more expansion planned for the future.

Despite our international success we love our roots (pun intended) and were thrilled when we were approached by Darlington Operatic Society for Saks International to sponsor its adaptation of the Broadway show, Hairspray at the Civic Theatre in Darlington… the hit-show with big hair and even bigger personalities.

Hairspray is based in the US city of Baltimore. It’s 1962 and Tracy Turnblad – a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray cast members outside Saks Darlington

Cast members Kat Flynn and Rhiannon Walker all set to get Saksy

The show has played to sell-out audiences all over the world with its smash hit songs including “Good Morning Baltimore”, “Welcome To The Sixties” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat”.

Luke and Katy from Saks Art Team with Hairspray cast member

In safe hands with the best of backcombing from the Saks Art Team

And we were delighted to give the wow factor to the show’s two leading ladies, Kat Flynn and Rhiannon Walker, who both get to play the lovely Tracy Turnblad. Saks Art Team members Luke Pluckrose and Katy Adamson treated ‘the Tracys’ to 60s backcombing with added Saks-style in our gorgeous Saks Darlington salon recently with help from salon owner Ruth Roddam.

Luke and Katy from Saks Art Team with Hairspray cast members

Luke uses our Saksessories Auto-Curl to add the wow-factor

Society chairman Julian Cound says: “It is fantastic to have the support of Saks for this production – a perfect match in all respects. The financial implications of putting on one of our productions at the Civic Theatre are immense. The budget for Hairspray is in the region of £105,000 so any financial support is welcome and we are so grateful to Saks for agreeing to sponsor us in this way.”

Dennis Cheesebrough, chairman and co-founder of Saks says: “We are delighted to be supporting Darlington OS in this way. It’s our chance to support the arts through an equally driven, professional local charity. We can’t wait to see the production in April!”

Hair by Saks:
Luke Pluckrose and Katy Adamson – Saks Art Team
Ruth Roddam – Saks Darlington

Hairspray at Darlington Civic Theatre between Wednesday 22nd April and Saturday 2nd May.
Call the ticket hotline on 01325 244659 or book online at


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