You won’t be able to stop the motion of the ocean or the rain from above when hit musical Hairspray arrives at His Majesty’s next week.
Set in 1960s Baltimore, the upbeat show tells the story of a big girl with an even bigger heart.
Tracy Turnblad, played by Rebecca Mendoza, dreams of being one of the teen dancers on The Corny Collins Show.
After her audition, she is told she is too big and does not look the part.
The moment Tracy realises it is not just her who has been denied approval, she begins to fight for what she believes in as the civil rights movement gains traction.
Layton Williams portrays Seaweed, a prominent African-American character in both the film and stage show versions of Hairspray.
He said: “Tracy meets my character in detention and through dancing he gives Tracy the confidence and belief in herself that you can do what you want no matter who you are, where you are from or what you look like.
“We all riot together for equality and to make The Corny Collins Show integrated.”
The actor plays the son of the R&B record producer Motor-mouth Maybelle who is brought to life by Brenda Edwards.
Layton, who describes Hairspray as “bubbly, energetic and passionate” thinks all generations can enjoy this iconic feel-good musical.
He added: “It is an incredibly fun show but it is also spreading a really important message.”
While Layton loves all parts of the musical, his favourite moment of the show is Run And Tell That.
He said: “As a performer you want to go out there and really do your thing and Run And Tell That is my chance to do that.
“I get to show the audience what I am made of during that song.
“Seaweed is telling the world about bringing those other people into that world which is what we should all be doing.
“It is also one of the moments in the show where we really get to dance, too. It is such a good vibe for us and the audience.”
Hairspray fans can look forward to singing along to the musical’s biggest hits such as Welcome To The 60s and You Can’t Stop The Beat.
Layton thinks Hairspray will always be relevant.
He said: “We have always been going through struggles, there is always some sort of craziness going on in the world so we need that release.
“People need that two-three hours of being able to laugh and cry and be entertained and I think Hairspray is the perfect show for that.”
Layton, who starred in a popular British sitcom Bad Education considers his film premiere for The Bad Education Movie one of the highlights of his career.
He said: “It was one of those times where I was just looking around and pitching myself.
“All my best friends were there, including my best friend, Jordan Laviniere, who is playing Duane in Hairspray. I saw my best friends on the red carpet and that was the moment it hit me that I was at a movie premiere and one of the lead actors in the film.”
The successful actor also finds the time to work with multiple charities. He collaborates with Stonewall charity and does Role Model visits.
Layton goes to schools and speaks to pupils.
He hopes to be a LGBTQI role model for them.
Layton added: “It is important because there might be one kid in that assembly that wants to come out or be themselves but is scared of getting bullied so having somebody like myself talking about it to them could give them the confidence to come to terms with their sexuality or give them hope.”
Hairspray premieres on Monday at His Majesty’s.