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David Witts to play Fiyero in Wicked

David Witts. Photo credit: Darren Bell.

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FORMER EastEnders star David Witts is returning from three years in L.A. to make his West End debut in Wicked. He will take on the role of Fiyero from Monday, July 23, 2018.

David Witts starred as Joey Branning in the BBC serial drama EastEnders, for which he won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2013 National Television Awards. He also won an Inside Soap Award and was nominated for a British Soap Award. For American television, he has most recently been a series regular in Recovery Road (for ABC/Freeform) and I Ship It (for the CW Network).

He also completed filming An Unpleasant Surprise, written and directed by James Furlong and Pride and Prejudice, Cut, directed by Michael Kampa.

On stage, Witts starred as Link Larkin in the hit musical Hairspray at Leicester Curve Theatre. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre.

David Witts said: “After three amazing years living and working in Los Angeles, I am excited to be getting back on stage again and to be coming home to make my West End debut in the incredible musical Wicked. I can’t wait to start rehearsals and to join everyone at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from 23 July”.

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of Wicked said: “We are delighted that David Witts is returning to the UK to star as Fiyero in Wicked. David has proved himself to be an accomplished and popular actor on both stage and screen since his award-winning debut as Joey Branning in EastEnders back in 2012, and he has all the qualities to be a fantastic Fiyero”.

Bradley Jaden will play his final performance as Fiyero on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Further casting to be announced.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines 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 is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until May 25, 2019.

Read about Wicked‘s year-long partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Image: David Witts. Photo credit: Darren Bell.