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HAIRSPRAY Coming to Lyceum Theatre in FebruaryHAIRSPRAY Coming to Lyceum Theatre in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

International smash-hit musical Hairspray comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 8 - Saturday 13 February starring actor, presenter and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, Benidorm's Tony Maudsley, TV and musicals star Claire Sweeney and X Factor finalist and West End star Brenda Edwards. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Producer Wants the Musical to Transfer to the West EndHAIRSPRAY Producer Wants the Musical to Transfer to the West End
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2015

According to the West End Frame, current HAIRSPRAY UK tour producer Mark Goucher, has revealed that he wants the musical to transfer to the West End next year. (more...)

The Hills Awaken: Christopher Clegg's STAR WARS Inspired Poster Art For THE SOUND OF MUSICThe Hills Awaken: Christopher Clegg's STAR WARS Inspired Poster Art For THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Michael Dale - Dec 15, 2015

Theatre producer and designer creates STAR WARS poster art for three current U.K. tours. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, December 14 2015BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, December 14 2015
by Jenny Ell - Dec 15, 2015

The dust has only recently settled on the last production of Hairspray at the Curve in Leicester but now this production is on the road across the UK. Based on the packed house at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham last night, it's proven itself to be a show that people will return to. It's just upsetting that this time around the show did not live up to my expectations. (more...)

2015 Feast Festival Kicks Off Today2015 Feast Festival Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2015

This year's annual Feast Festival is going bigger and better than ever before with a variety of talented local, national and international artists and explosive special events. (more...)

Cast Announced for HAIRSPRAY at Edinburgh PlayhouseCast Announced for HAIRSPRAY at Edinburgh Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Tony Maudsley (ITV1's Benidorm) will play Edna Turnblad when Hairspray returns to Edinburgh next year. He will be joined by 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 reprise the role of Tracy Turnblad alongside established musical theatre performer Jon Tsouras (A Chorus Line) who will play the role of Corny Collins. Dex Lee (The Scottsboro Boys) will play Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour (Miss Saigon) will play Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud (Wicked) will play Amber, Monique Young (Top Hat) will play Penny, Karis Jack (Urinetown) will play Little Inez, Adam Price (Hairspray) will play Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn (Made in Dagenham) will play Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot) will play Duane. Further casting will be announced in due course. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, Palace Theatre Manchester, October 26 2015BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, Palace Theatre Manchester, October 26 2015
by Adrian Bradley - Oct 29, 2015

Revived again, the touring favourite Hairspray is again packing out theatres across the country.  This new production delivers some impressive performances and a fun evening, if not quite living up to dancing in the aisles quality of the West End original. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Official Trailer For New HAIRSPRAY Tour!STAGE TUBE: Official Trailer For New HAIRSPRAY Tour!
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2015

The international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical returns in a brand new production, touring the UK from September 2015. Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy's audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality - and Link's heart - without denting her 'do? Starring Tony Maudsley (ITV1's Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Chicago) as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Tumble), and Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle. Freya Sutton will reprise the role of Tracy Turnblad alongside Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot) as Duane. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Cast Of The New UK Tour of HAIRSPRAYBWW Interview: The Cast Of The New UK Tour of HAIRSPRAY
by Jenny Ell - Oct 15, 2015

BWW:UK recently sat down for a chat with the stars of the new UK tour of Hairspray at the show's Birmingham press launch at the New Alexandra Theatre, where it is playing over the Christmas period. Here we speak to Claire Sweeney (Velma Von Tussle), Tony Maudsley (Edna), Peter Duncan (Wilbur) and Brenda Edwards (Motormouth Maybelle). (more...)

Feast Festival Announces 2015 Lineup; Runs Nov 14-29Feast Festival Announces 2015 Lineup; Runs Nov 14-29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

This year's annual Feast Festival is going bigger and better than ever before with a variety of talented local, national and international artists and explosive special events. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tony Maudsley, Freya Sutton & More Cast of UK Tour's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: First Look at Tony Maudsley, Freya Sutton & More Cast of UK Tour's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Hairspray will star Tony Maudsley (ITV1's Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, 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. (more...)

Sebastian Faulks to Make Cameo in BIRDSONG at Richmond TheatreSebastian Faulks to Make Cameo in BIRDSONG at Richmond Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Novelist Sebastian Faulks will be treading the boards in a cameo acting role in Rachel Wagstaff's adaptation of his play BIRDSONG at Richmond Theatre this summer. (more...)

BIRDSONG Novelist Sebastian Faulks to Cameo in UK Tour, June 29BIRDSONG Novelist Sebastian Faulks to Cameo in UK Tour, June 29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Novelist Sebastian Faulks will be treading the boards in a cameo acting role in Rachel Wagstaff's adaptation of his play BIRDSONG at Richmond Theatre this summer. (more...)

Tony Maudsley to Don House Slippers in UK's HAIRSPRAY Tour; Full Casting AnnouncedTony Maudsley to Don House Slippers in UK's HAIRSPRAY Tour; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Tony Maudsley (ITV1's Benidorm) will play Edna Turnblad in the major 40-week UK tour of Hairspray which will open at Curve theatre in Leicester this autumn. He will be joined by 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 reprise the role of Tracy Turnblad alongside established musical theatre performer Jon Tsouras (A Chorus Line) who will play the role of Corny Collins. Dex Lee (The Scottsboro Boys) will play Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour (Miss Saigon) will play Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud (Wicked) will play Amber, Monique Young (Top Hat) will play Penny, Karis Jack (Urinetown) will play Little Inez, Adam Price (Hairspray) will play Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn (Made in Dagenham) will play Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot) will play Duane. Further casting will be announced in due course. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman & Emily Bowker in BIRDSONG UK TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman & Emily Bowker in BIRDSONG UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker head the cast of the 2015 national tour of Rachel Wagstaff's stage play BIRDSONG, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, which will open on 4 February 2015 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The tour has been extended by a week, and will now play Richmond Theatre from 29 June - 4 July. (more...)

UK BIRDSONG Reveals Full Cast; Production to Open, Feb. 4UK BIRDSONG Reveals Full Cast; Production to Open, Feb. 4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker head the cast of the 2015 national tour of Rachel Wagstaff's stage play BIRDSONG, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, which will open on 4 February 2015 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The tour has been extended by a week, and will now play Richmond Theatre from 29 June - 4 July. (more...)

Exeter Northcott Theatre Presents BIRDSONG, Now thru May 10Exeter Northcott Theatre Presents BIRDSONG, Now thru May 10
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Birdsong, the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks, will be brought to life on stage at Exeter Northcott Theatre from today 6 - Saturday 10 May. (more...)

Scoop: RAKE on FOX - Tonight, April 4, 2014Scoop: RAKE on FOX - Tonight, April 4, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 4, 2014

Get all the scoop on RAKE, airing on FOX tonight, April 4, 2014! (more...)

Swindon Arts Centre Will be Managed Alongside Wyvern TheatreSwindon Arts Centre Will be Managed Alongside Wyvern Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Following ten years of successful management, during which time attendances have grown year on year and audiences have responded enthusiastically in their thousands to a more varied and exciting programme, Wyvern Theatre Limited (a subsidiary of HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd) has extended its contract with Swindon Borough Council. (more...)

FOX Shifts New Drama Series RAKE to Saturday NightsFOX Shifts New Drama Series RAKE to Saturday Nights
by TV News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

Deadline.com, the show will move for the second time to Saturday nights. (more...)

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