Casting announced for ‘HAIRSPRAY’ 2024/25 UK & Ireland tour

Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming 2024/25 UK and Ireland tour of HAIRSPRAY, which will open in Manchester at the Palace Theatre on 16th July 2024 and tour through to April 2025.

Brenda Edwards (Loose Women, ITV; We Will Rock You, London Coliseum) who previously played Motormouth Maybelle in three productions of Hairspray directed by Paul Kerryson (Chicago, Sweeney Todd; Curve Theatre), now joins this production to direct alongside Kerryson. The production is choreographed by Olivier Award winner and artistic director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Drew McOnie (In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Casting includes Neil Hurst (Edna Turnblad), Joanne Clifton (Velma Von Tussle) – with Gina Murray performing the role from 16 July – 7 September only, Michelle Ndegwa (Motormouth Maybelle), Soloman Davy (Link Larkin), Declan Egan (Corny Collins) Alexandra Emmerson-Kirby (Tracy Turnblad), Katlo (Little Inez), Reece Richards (Seaweed) and Allana Taylor (Amber Von Tussle).

The Ensemble includes Ben Anderson, Grace Anyiam, Nina Bell, Joseph Bristow, Vanessa Dumatey, Rebecca French, Stuart Hickey, Jaiden Lodge, Olly Manley, Sasha Monique, Jacob Smith and Issy Wilman.

Further casting to be announced soon.

The full tour dates are: Manchester Palace Theatre (16 – 27 July), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 July – 3 August), Canterbury Marlowe (6 – 10 August), Cheltenham Everyman (13 – 17 August), Liverpool Empire (19 – 24 August), Belfast Grand Opera House (26 – 31 August), Milton Keynes Theatre (2 – 7 September), Southend Cliffs Pavilion (9 – 14 September), Birmingham Hippodrome (16 – 21 September), Leicester Curve (23 – 28 September), Brighton Theatre Royal (30 Sept – 5 October), Edinburgh Playhouse (7 – 12 October), Sheffield Lyceum (14 – 19 October), New Wimbledon Theatre (21 – 26 October), York Grand Opera House (28 Oct – 2 Nov), Nottingham Theatre Royal (4 – 9 November), Newcastle Theatre Royal (11 – 16 November), Hull New Theatre (18 – 23 November), Bradford Theatres(25 – Sat 30 November), Southampton Mayflower Theatre (7 – 11 January), Hall for Cornwall (13 – 18 Jan) Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (20 – 25 January), Glasgow Kings Theatre (27 Jan – 1 February), Wolverhampton Grand (3 – 8 Feb), Norwich Theatre (10 – 15 Feb), Aylesbury (17 – 22 Feb) and Bristol Hippodrome (24 Feb – 1 Mar), Woking New Victoria (31 Mar – 5 Apr), Venue Cymru (7- 12 Apr) and Sunderland Empire (14-19 Apr).

Further dates for March and April to be announced soon.

With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, the timeless story of HAIRSPRAY centres around heroine Tracy Turnblad, who has big hair, a big heart, and big dreams to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. When Tracy becomes a local star, she is able to use her newfound fame to fight for liberation, tolerance, and interracial unity in Baltimore. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ’do?

The creative team includes Directors Brenda Edwards and Paul Kerryson, Choreography by Drew McOnie, Musical Supervising and Arrangement by Ben Atkinson, Set and Costume Design by Takis, Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell, Sound Design by Ben Harrison, Video Design by George Reeves, Musical Direction and Supervision by Richard Atkinson, Projection Design by George Reeve, Casting by Grindrod Burton and Resident Director is Juliet Gough.

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