Curve Theatre, Leicester’s artistic director Paul Kerryson has revealed that a new production of Hairspray, with actor David Witts as Link Larkin, will open at the venue from 5 March 2014 (previews from 28 February) and run until 5 April.
Witts trained with the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He can currently be seen as Joey Branning in BBC’s EastEnders – a role for which he won Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2013 and Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards 2013.
Kerryson, who directs, is well-known and respected for his work in musical theatre. His musical productions at the Curve have included Piaf, Hello Dolly!, Gypsy, The King and I (also UK tour) and 42nd Street. He is also staging a new production of Chicago from 29 November 2013 to 18 January 2014. He has directed works by the world’s greatest composers including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, William Finn, and has enjoyed a celebrated, close creative relationship with the works of Stephen Sondheim.
Last weekend actress Janie Dee came out top for her Best Performance in a Musical as Dolly Levi in Curve Leicester’s production of Hello, Dolly! (Frances Ruffelle was also nominated for her portrayal of Piaf at the Curve).
Kerryson commented: “We’re thrilled that Janie has won the UK Theatre Award and that her wonderful performance here at Curve has been recognised by the wider theatre industry. We also send our congratulations to Frances Ruffelle for her nomination. Hello, Dolly! and Piaf were both hugely successful productions for Curve and for Leicester, and continue to build our national profile for producing acclaimed musical productions.”
Joining Kerryson in the creative team for Hairspray are musical director Ben Atkinson and choreographer Lee Proud.