Friday, 12 February 2016

Matthew Rickson taking over as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray UK tour

Matthew Rickson will join the cast of the UK tour of Hairspray as Edna Turnblad from 15th March 2016 at New Victoria Theatre in Woking. 

Hairspray embarked on a major UK tour in 2015 and continues into 2016 visiting Aberdeen, Sheffield, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Inverness, Bristol, Woking, Cardiff, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Llandudno, Plymouth, Canterbury, Bromley, Stoke and Southend.

Rickson’s recent theatre credits include The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe(Royal Shakespeare Company), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Cinderella (Richmond Theatre), Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse), The Ladykillers (New Vic Theatre & UK Tour), Around The World in 80 Days (New Vic & Royal Exchange Theatre), Aladdin(Wimbledon Theatre), See How They Run (York Theatre Royal), The Legend of King Arthur (York Theatre Royal), Aladdin (Theatre at the O2 Arena) and The Governess (UK Tour).

Rickson joins TV and stage actress and presenter Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls) as Velma Von Tussle, Olivier Award nominated actor and much-loved Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan (BBC1 Tumble) as Wilbur Turnblad and British singer and West End performer Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle.

Freya Sutton will continue in her role of Tracy Turnblad alongside established musical theatre performer Jon Tsouras (A Chorus Line) as Corny Collins. Dex Lee (The Scottsboro Boys) as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour (Miss Saigon) as Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud (Wicked) as Amber, Monique Young (Top Hat) as Penny, Karis Jack (Urinetown) as Little Inez, Adam Price (Hairspray) as Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn (Made in Dagenham) as Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot) as Duane.

Hairspray is directed by Paul Kerryson, with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical direction by Ben Atkinson. The show has music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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