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The producers of HAIRSPRAY are delighted to announce that The X Factor’s Marcus Collins will join stars Mark Benton and Lucy Benjamin on the show’s forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, which opens at Manchester’s Lowry Theatre in February next year.

Marcus Collins will play Seaweed Stubbs, one of the coolest kids at Patterson Park High, son of DJ Motormouth Maybelle and love interest of Penny Pingleton.  He joins previously announced Mark Benton as larger than life Edna Turnblad, Lucy Benjamin as scheming TV executive Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Freya Sutton as big-hearted, big-haired teen heroine Tracy Turnblad.

Sexy, sweet and as cute as anything…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 in front of a sold out audience at Wembley Arena and more than 14 million viewers watching at home.  Since then he has toured the UK as part of The X Factor Live tour and has released the Top 10 album, Marcus Collins.  His leading role in Hairspray marks his musical theatre debut.

Marcus Collins said: “I can’t express how thrilled I am to be joining the tour of Hairspray.  It’s been a pretty amazing year for me and now to be cast in my dream role feels like a great new part of the adventure!  Having trained in musical theatre since my early teens I’m just itching to get into rehearsals now and so excited to be working with Mark, Lucy and the rest of the company.  Roll on February.”

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