Hairspray cast announced for UK tour

Date Posted: 08/05/2015

Casting for the 40-week Hairspray UK tour has been announced, with Tony Maudsley starring as Edna Turnblad and Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle.

Tony Maudsley, from ITV’s Benidorm will play lead character Edna Turnblad when the Hairspray the Musical tour begins this autumn.

He will be joined by TV and stage actress and presenter Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle and Olivier Award nominated actor and ex-Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad. Freya Sutton will reprise the role of Tracy Turnblad.

The show is set in Baltimore in 1962 and follows Tracy Turnblad on a mission to realise 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.

The Hairspray cast will be directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson. The show has music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The UK tour opens at the Curve theatre, Leicester on the 9th September, before it visits over 25 venues including Royal Derngate, Northampton, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, and Birmingham Alexandra Theatre for its Christmas residency, in December 2015.

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