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Brenda Edwards, Norman Pace and Alex Bourne join Hairspray cast

It is announced that musical theatre star and television presenter Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor, Loose Women and Songs of Praise) will star as Motormouth Maybelle in the UK and Ireland tour of Hairspray. Comedy legend Norman Pace (ITV’s The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad alongside West End leading man Alex Bourne (Annie, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) as Edna Turnblad when the show opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 24 June.

Hairspray TourKatie Brace will make her professional stage debut as Tracy Turnblad with Rebecca Thornhill as Velma, Richard Meek as Corny Collins, Ross Clifton as Link Larkin, Jessica Croll as Amber Von Tussle, Rebecca Jane Davies as Penny Pingleton and Charlotte St. Croix as Little Inez.

The full cast includes: Elizabeth Armstrong, Bernadette Bangura, Natalia Brown, Shaquille Brush, Liam Dean, Andrew Dillion, Amandla Elynah, Zoe Heighton, Ceris Hine, Paul Hutton, Jamie Jonathan, Hayley Johnston, Joshua Nkemdilim, Rosie O’Hare, Alexanda O’Reilly, Joshua Pearson, Joseph Poulton and Elliotte Williams-N’Dure.

Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson with choreography by Drew McOnie, designs by Takis, lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sound design by Ben Harrison.

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Producers Mark Goucher and Matthew Gale are now re-launching their touring production of Hairspray which had been due to begin performances in August 2020 but was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Goucher’s independent producing company will tour two musicals, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Hairspray across the UK this summer with the support of the UK government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Following on from two extremely successful Hairspray tours in 2015/16 and 2017/18, this smash hit production will visit the following venues in 2021: Theatre Royal Plymouth, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Manchester Palace Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum, Ipswich Regent Theatre, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Liverpool Empire, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Brighton Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Leicester Curve, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin, Grand Opera House Belfast, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Milton Keynes Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sunderland Empire, Wycombe Swan, Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Cardiff New Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford and Glasgow Kings Theatre. More dates are to be announced for 2022.

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 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 Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo 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 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 Zac Efron.

TOUR DATES

Plymouth Theatre Royal
24 June – 3 July

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
5 – 10 July

Southampton Mayflower
26 – 31 July

Manchester Palace Theatre
2 – 14 August

Sheffield Lyceum
16 – 21 August

Ipswich Regent Theatre
23 – 28 August

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Mon 6 Sep – Sat 11 Sep 2021

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Mon 30 Aug – Sat 4 Sep 2021

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
13 – 18 September

Brighton Theatre Royal
Mon 20 Sep – Sat 25 Sep 2021

Birmingham Hippodrome
27 September – 2 October

Leicester Curve
4 – 9 October

Nottingham Theatre Royal
11 – 16 October

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
18 – 23 October

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin
25 – 30 October

Grand Opera House Belfast
1 – 6 November

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Mon 15 Nov – Sat 20 Nov 2021

Bristol Hippodrome
Mon 22 Nov – Sat 27 Nov 2021

Milton Keynes Theatre
Mon 29 Nov – Sat 4 Dec 2021

Blackpool Winter Gardens
13 December – 1 January

Sunderland Empire
Mon 10 Jan – Sat 15 Jan 2022

Wycombe Swan
24 – 29 January 2022

Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton
31 January – 5 February 2022

Churchill Theatre, Bromley
7 – 12 February 2022

Cardiff New Theatre
14 – 19 February 2022

Edinburgh Playhouse
14-19 March 2022

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
21 – 26 March 2022

Glasgow Kings Theatre
Mon 12 Jul – Sat 17 Jul 2021

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