Casting announced for UK Tour of Hairspray

  • CAST ANNOUNCED FOR MAJOR UK TOUR OF SMASH-HIT MUSICAL HAIRSPRAY
  • AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN NORMAN PACE TO STAR AS WILBUR TURNBLAD WITH MATT RIXON RETURNING AS EDNA
  • RETURNING TO THE PRODUCTION, LAYTON WILLIAMS WILL PLAY THE ROLE OF SEAWEED ALONGSIDE MUSICAL THEATRE STAR BRENDA EDWARDS AS MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE
  • NEWCOMER REBECCA MENDOZA WILL MAKE HER PROFESSIONAL DEBUT AS TRACY TURNBLAD
  • HAIRSPRAY WILL VISIT OVER 30+ LEADING VENUES ACROSS THE UK AND IRELAND OPENING AS THE HEADLINE SUMMER PRODUCTION AT CARDIFF’S MILLENNIUM CENTRE

HairsprayNorman Pace (ITV1’s The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad in the major UK tour of the smash hit musical Hairspray, opening at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this summer. He will be joined by Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers, Around the World in 80 Days) reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, musical theatre star Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) returning as Motormouth Maybelle and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Rent) now starring as Seaweed. Gina Murray (Chicago and Full Monty) joins the cast as Velma Von Tussle with Jon Tsouras (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Crazy for You) once again playing Corny Collins; Edward Chitticks (On the Town, Mamma Mia) as Link Larkin; Aimee Moore as Amber Von Tussle; Annalise Liard-Bailey as Penny Pingleton and Monifa James as Little Inez. Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.

Full cast includes: Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae Walker as The Dynamites, Shay Barclay, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Graham MacDuff, Lindsay McAllister, Tracey Penn and Freya Rowley.

Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this big, bold and beautiful production is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson. This 37-week tour of the much-loved musical based on the 1988 film follows the phenomenally successful 2016 UK tour which played to packed out houses and received public and critical acclaim across the country in 2015/16.

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. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.

CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Paul Kerryson
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Set and Costume Designer: takis
Lighting Designer: Philip Gladwell
Sound Designer: Ben Harrison

LISTINGS INFORMATION
2017/2018 UK Tour of Hairspray

16 – 26 August 2017
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL
ON SALE NOW
Box Office: 029 2063 6400
http://www.wmc.org.uk/

28 August – 9 September 2017
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1ED
ON SALE NOW
Box office: 01322 220000
https://orchardtheatre.co.uk

11 – 16 September 2017
Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 353 1 677 7999
http://www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/

18 – 23 September 2017
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL
ON SALE NOW
Box Office: 01253 625252
http://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/

25 -30 September 2017
The Empire, Sunderland
High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3EX
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 3022
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/sunderland-empire/

2 – 7 October 2016
The Kings Theatre, Glasgow
297 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JN
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 7648
https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/kings-theatre-glasgow/

9-14 October 2017
Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 338 5000
http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/

16 – 21 October 2017
Curve Theatre, Leicester
ON SALE SOON
60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB
Box Office: 0116 242 3595
www.curveonline.co.uk

23 -28 October 2017
Opera House, Buxton
ON SALE SOON
Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN
Box Office: 01298 72190
http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/

30 October – 4 November 2017
Grand Opera House, Belfast
ON SALE SOON
2-4 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7HR
Box Office: 028 9024 1919
https://www.goh.co.uk/

6 – 11 November 2017
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
ON SALE SOON
Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG
Box Office: 0844 871 7627
https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/

13 – 18 November 2017
Sands Centre, Carlisle
Newmarket Rd, Carlisle CA1 1JQ
ON SALE NOW
Box Office: 01228 633766
http://www.thesandscentre.co.uk/

20 – 25 November 2017
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
ON SALE SOON Morley St, Bradford BD7 1AJ
Box Office: 01274 432000
http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/venues/the-alhambra-theatre

27 November – 2 December 2017
Guildford G Live
ON SALE SOON
London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA
Box Office: 01483 369 350
https://glive.co.uk/Online/

15 – 20 January 2018
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01752 267222
http://www.theatreroyal.com/

22 – 27 January 2018
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 023 8071 1811
https://www.mayflower.org.uk/

29 January – 3 February 2018
The Lyceum, Sheffield
55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0114 249 6000
https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/

5 – 10 February 2018
Eden Court, Inverness
Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01463 239841
https://www.eden-court.co.uk/

12 – 24 February 2018
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
https://trch.co.uk/

5 – 10 March 2018
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol
St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 3012
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/bristol-hippodrome-theatre/

12 – 17 March 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh
18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 3014
https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/edinburgh-playhouse/

19 – 24 March 2018
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01224 641122
http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/his-majestys-theatre

26 March – 7 April 2018
Opera House, Manchester
3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 3018
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/manchester-opera-house/

9 – 14 April 2018
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0844 871 7652
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/milton-keynes-theatre/

16 – 21 April 2018
Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Lime St, Liverpool L1 1JE
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 0151 702 7320
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/liverpool-empire-theatre/

23 – 28 April 2018
Hull New Theatre, Hull
Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01482 226 655
http://www.hcandl.co.uk/

30 April – 5 May 2018
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
The Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01492 872000
https://venuecymru.co.uk/

8 – 12 May 2018
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01227 787787
http://www.marlowetheatre.com/

14 – 19 May 2018
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Station Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA
ON SALE SOON
Box Office: 01702 351135
https://southendtheatres.org.uk

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