WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that Suzie Mathers, who was a member of the original Australian cast, is to star as Glinda alongside celebrated West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker as Elphaba in the London production from Monday 5 September 2016.
Suzie Mathers and Rachel Tucker will lead the award-winning show through its 10th birthday celebrations at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. They will be joined by Oliver Savile, who continues as Fiyero; Anita Dobson, who joins to play Madame Morrible; Mark Curry, who continues as The Wizard; original cast member Martin Ball, who returns to play Doctor Dillamond; original cast member Katie Rowley Jones, who continues as Nessarose and Idriss Kargbo, who joins to play Boq. Alice Fearnwill be Standby for Elphaba and Carina Gillespie continues as Standby for Glinda.
Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We very much look forward to welcoming Suzie Mathers to the London company of Wicked in September alongside the incredible Rachel Tucker, who returns to the West End production following her triumphant engagement as Elphaba on Broadway. Suzie was a member of the original Australian cast of Wicked and went on to play Glinda to great acclaim in Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines and on the most recent Australian tour. We are all delighted that these two superbly talented actors will join us in London to lead an amazing new cast through the 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre later this year”.
The production, acclaimed as “pure magic” (Time Out London), is currently booking until Saturday 29 April 2017. Please note that Rachel Tucker, Anita Dobson and Katie Rowley Jones appear until Saturday 28 January 2017 only.
Current London cast members Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) will all play their final performances on Saturday 3 September 2016.
On Tuesday 27 September 2016, Wicked will celebrate an incredible ten continuous years in London. Now the 8th longest-running show in the West End and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history*, the “hugely popular show” (The Times) has played over 4000 performances and been seen by over 7 million people in London alone.
Based on the international best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontasand The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk