Hairspray hits Bristol in next UK tour

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 August 2012



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SMASH hit comedy Hairspray will hit Bristol in its next UK tour with stage and screen star Mark Benton leading the company.

The award-winning show, which is set in 1962, will embark on its tour next year with a familiar tale, following Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who has only one passion – dancing.

She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.

But will the trendsetter be crowned Miss Hairspray, give her mother a shot of confidence and win the hand of the local heart-throb?

Mark, who is known as Chalky in the BBC series Waterloo Street, will play the larger-than-life Turnblad family matriarch Edna, with further casting to be announced soon.

Mark Benton is one of the country’s most loved television actors with roles in programmes as diverse as Early Doors, Eureka Street, Catterick, Booze Cruise, Land Girls, and The Street.

On stage he has appeared in work at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Mark said: “I can’t wait to start Hairspray, it’s going to be amazing fun and an interesting challenge for me as it’s my first adventure into the world of musicals. As a musical I think it has everything, great songs, great script, really interesting story and lots of laughs.”

Hairspray will spring onto the stage at The Bristol Hippodrome from August 6-17, 2013. Tickets, priced £15-48.50, are available from the box office on 0844 8713012.

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