Benton is ready to make his Mark

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A scene from Hairspray @ Lowry, Manchester. Touring production.'(Taken 9-02-13)'�Tristram Kenton 02/13'(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

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West End and Broadway’s hit musical comedy Hairspray is touring the UK throughout 2013 and visits the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from July 2-13.

The cast is led by stage and screen star Mark Benton as the larger than life Edna Turnblad, EastEnders’ Lucy Benjamin as scheming TV executive Velma Von Tussle and X Factor finalist Marcus Collins as ‘too cool for school’ Seaweed Stubbs.

They are joined by newcomer Freya Sutton as big-hearted, big-haired teen heroine Tracy Turnblad and original West End cast member Sandra Marvin, as Motormouth Maybelle.

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

He has most recently been seen as Chalky in the BBC series Waterloo Road.

On stage, he has appeared in work at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the RSC.

Lucy Benjamin’s earliest credits include the musicals Annie, Barnardo and Worzel Gummidge in the West End, before making her television debut in Doctor Who.

She played Julie Craig on ITV’s hit teen drama Press Gang before starring as Lisa Fowler in the BBC’s EastEnders.

During her time on EastEnders, she featured in some of the show’s biggest storylines including the infamous Who Shot Phil Mitchell? saga, with more than 22 million people tuning in to see her character revealed as the shooter.

On stage, she has appeared in The Pretender Agenda in the West End, the UK tour of Framed and last year’s sell out production of Peter Pan at the Mayflower Theatre Southampton.

Liverpool born and bred, Marcus Collins rose to fame, and won the hearts of the nation, on ITV1’s 2011 season of The X Factor. Mentored by music legend Gary Barlow and hugely popular throughout the series, Marcus eventually finished as runner up.

It’s 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny’s show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her super high ‘do’? If anyone can, Tracy can!

Tickets to see Hairspray cost £19-£45 (plus concessions). They are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.