Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Hairspray UK Tour announces dates and further casting

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.

Katie 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 Dillon, 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.

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.

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
30 August - 4 September

Liverpool Empire Theatre
6 - 11 September

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
13 - 18 September

Brighton Theatre Royal
20 - 25 September

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
15 - 20 November

Bristol Hippodrome
22 - 27 November

Milton Keynes Theatre
29 November - 4 December

Blackpool Winter Gardens
13 December - 1 January

Sunderland Empire
10 - 15 January

Wycombe Swan
24 - 29 January

Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton
31 January - 5 February

Churchill Theatre, Bromley
7 - 12 February

Cardiff New Theatre
14 - 19 February

Edinburgh Playhouse
14-19 March

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
21 - 26 March
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