TV favourites Claire Sweeney, Tony Maudsley and Peter Duncan join Baltimore’s favourite teen in a new production of the sensational musical Hairspray!.
Maudsley (Benidorm) will don the outsized frock to play Edna Turnblad in the major 40-week UK tour which will open at Leicester’s Curve Theatre this autumn.
Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls) as you’ve never seen her before, is Velma Von Tussle, with Olivier Award nominated actor and much-loved Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan playing Wilbur Turnblad.
British singer and West End performer Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) is Motormouth Maybelle with the knockout Freya Sutton reprising the role of Tracy Turnblad.
Other casting: Jon Tsouras, Dex Lee, Ashley Gilmour, Lauren Stroud, Monique Young, Karis Jack, Adam Price, Tracey Penn and Layton Williams.
It’s Baltimore 1962, where 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 is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters.
With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards.
The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.
A film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.
*Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney and Peter Duncan’s final performance in Hairspray will be January 30, 2016 at Newcastle Theatre Royal. The roles of Edna, Velma and Wilbur for the remaining tour dates will be announced in due course.
2015 Tour Dates
September 9 – 19, Leicester Curve September 21-26, New Theatre Oxford September 28-October 3, Royal and Derngate, Northampton October 5-10, Malvern Theatre October 12-17, Liverpool Empire October 19-24, Hull New Theatre October 26-31, Manchester Palace Theatre November 2-7, New Wimbledon Theatre November 9-14, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford November 16-21, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton November 23-28, Ipswich Regent Theatre November 30-December 12, Theatre Royal Brighton December 14-January 9, Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
January 18-30, Newcastle Theatre Royal February 1-6, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen February 8-13, The Lyceum, Sheffield February 15-20, Cambridge Corn Exchange February 22-27, Edinburgh Playhouse March 7-12, Bristol Hippodrome March 14-19, New Victoria Theatre, Woking March 21-26, Cardiff New Theatre April 4-9, Milton Keynes Theatre April 11-16, Leeds Grand Theatre April 18-23, Theatre Royal Plymouth April 25-30, The Marlowe, Canterbury May 2-7, The Churchill Theatre, Bromley May 9-14, Regent Theatre, Stoke May 16-21, Southend Palace Theatre