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Wicked announces new London cast

Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn. Photo by Darren Bell

Casting news

WICKED has announced that Alice Fearn (as Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq) and Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) will head the new London cast from Monday, July 24, 2017.

They join current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Alice Fearn originally joined the London production of Wicked in 2016, as Standby for Elphaba. Her previous West End appearances include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical, Into The Woods, Les Misérables (also the film version) and The Woman in White.

Sophie Evans was the acclaimed runner-up in the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow and subsequently played ‘Dorothy Gale’ in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

Bradley Jaden is currently starring as ‘Fiyero’ on the international tour of Wicked. He previously starred as ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre.

Melanie La Barrie is currently part of the acclaimed Everyman Company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Her West End roles have included ‘Mrs Phelps’ in the original cast of Matilda, ‘Madame Thénardier’ in Les Misérables and ‘Mrs Corry’ in the original cast of Mary Poppins.

Andy Hockley has enjoyed a long association with The Phantom of the Opera, playing ‘Monsieur Firmin’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as on the UK and Ireland Tour for over 1000 performances. He most recently played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse and on the UK and Ireland Tour.

Jack Lansbury is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and will be making his West End debut in Wicked.

Laura Pick appeared in The Sound of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, covering and playing ‘Maria von Trapp’.

Current cast members Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard) and Idriss Kargbo (Boq) will all play their final performances on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

From Monday, July 24, 2017, the cast will also include Jennie Abbotts, Ashley Birchall, Nicole Carlisle, Nicholas Corre, Conor Crown, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, Joseph Fletcher, Alexandra Grierson, Katy Hanna, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Olivia Kate Holding, Claudia Kariuki, Will Lucas, James McHugh, Danny Michaels, Ellie Mitchell, Rosa O’Reilly, Matt Parsons, Alex Pinder, Sam Robinson, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker, Sasha Wareham and Libby Watts.

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 26, 2018.

Image: Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn. Photo by Darren Bell.