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First look at the cast for UK tour of Hairspray

The production starts it 40 week tour in Leicester on 9 September

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Further images have been released of the previously announced cast of Hairspray, which opens its tour in Leicester in September 2015.

The production stars Tony Maudsley as Edna Turnblad, Freya Sutton as Tracy Turnblad, Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad, Ashley Gilmour as Link, Layton Williams as Duane and Vanessa Fisher as Dynamite.

The musical tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, 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.

The tour 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.

Hairspray opens its 40-week tour at the Curve Theatre, Leicester on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to 29 venues across the UK. To book tickets click here.