Comedian Paul Merton is to make his West End musical debut in the musical Hairspray.
Merton, who will perform the part of Wilbur Turnblad, will star alongside the previously announced Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad.
Also joining the cast is Rita Simons in the role of Velma Von Tussle and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin.
Merton will appear in the show from April 23 at the London Coliseum for an 18-week run, alongside Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace.
The musical is directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show’s original creative team. It has music by March Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. It is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions & Fiery Angel.