Casting Announced for New U.K. Tour of Hairspray Announced | Playbill

News Casting Announced for New U.K. Tour of Hairspray Announced Casting has been announced for a new U.K. tour of Hairspray that will begin performances at Leicester's Curve Sept. 9, then embark on a 40-week nationwide tour.

Tony Maudsley will star as Edna Turnblad, with Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad and Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle.

Freya Sutton will play Tracy Turnblad, with Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud as Amber, Monique Young as Penny, Karis Jack as Little Inez, Adam Price as Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn as Female Authority Figure and Layton Williamsas Duane. Further casting will be announced.

Maudsley is best known for playing Kenneth on "Benidorm." Sweeney first came to prominence as Lindsey Corkhill in TV's "Brookside" and has since appeared regularly onstage in productions including U.K. tours of Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls, Tell Me On A Sunday and Fosse.

Duncan first came to attention as a presenter on the iconic television show "Blue Peter," and was Olivier-nominated for his stage appearance in The Card at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.

Edwards was a 2005 finalist in the U.K.'s "The X Factor," and has since appeared in the West End in Chicago and We Will Rock You. Sutton will be reprising her role of Tracy Turnblad that she previously played in the U.K. and Ireland 2013 tour of Hairspray.

Tsouras's West End credits include A Chorus Line, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Lee recently appeared in The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic & Garrick Theatre) and In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse).

Gilmour made his West End debut in the current production of Miss Saigon.

Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson. It is produced by Mark Goucher and Laurence Myers, Tom O’Connell for QNQ, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Gale King Productions and Curve theatre, Leicester.

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