Casting has been announced for the 40-week UK tour of Hairspray, which opens at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in September 2015

Claire Sweeney is set to appear in the UK tour of Hairspray, until January 2016

Claire Sweeney is set to appear in the UK tour of Hairspray, until
January 2016

Tony Maudsley from ITV’s Benidorm will play Edna Turnblad, accompanied by TV and stage actress Claire Sweeney, who will play Velma Von Tussle. Olivier Awardnominated actor and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan will star as Wilbur Turnblad and British singer and West End performer Brenda Edwards will play Motormouth Maybelle.

Other cast members include Freya Sutton as Tracy Turnblad and Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins.

The contemporary production of the international smash hit will tour more than 25 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015.

Directed by Paul Kerryson with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson, Hairspray features music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy-winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.