WICKED WINS 2010 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD FOR ‘MOST POPULAR SHOW’

WICKED, the international hit musical, has been voted London’s ‘Most Popular Show’ at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards. The special Audience Award is the only Laurence Olivier Award to be decided on solely by the theatre-going public. More than 58,000 votes were cast.

Last month (14 February) the public also voted WICKED London’s ‘Best West End Show’ at the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Awards. The musical has won over 35 awards around the world.

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said in a statement: "It is an incredible honour that the public have recognised WICKED as London’s ‘Most Popular Show’. We feel an enormous sense of validation for the passion and efforts of everybody involved in the show, as this award is a testament to the fact that three and a half years and almost 3 million people later, audiences still have the same enthusiasm and love for WICKED as when we first opened. A huge thank you to every single one of those people for their ongoing support and to the public for their votes".

The Audience Award was presented to WICKED on 21 March at the star-studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and accepted by Executive Producer Michael McCabe, together with the show’s new stars Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman. The four other shows that made the shortlist were Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and We Will Rock You.

Recently acclaimed as "one of the biggest hits of our era" (The Observer, March 2010), WICKED has already been seen by almost 3 million theatregoers and grossed in excess of £95 million at the UK Box Office since its London premiere in September 2006.

WICKED MAKES 2010 OLIVIER AWARD SHORTLIST FOR SPECIAL ‘AUDIENCE AWARD’

WICKED, London’s smash hit musical, has been shortlisted for this years special Laurence Olivier Audience Award which is giving the public the chance to vote for their favourite long-running West End show.

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said in a statement: "We are hugely honoured to have been shortlisted for this very special Laurence Olivier Award and thank everyone for their nominations. Incredible word-of-mouth has propelled WICKED to become one of the West End’s most enduring successes in recent years, and it has been through the enthusiasm and support of our audiences that we are now established as a long-running hit musical."

The shortlist of 5 shows also includes Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and We Will Rock You. The winner of the special Laurence Olivier Audience Award for ‘Most Popular Show’ will be announced on 21 March 2010.

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Winner of over 30 international theatre awards, this "hugely popular show" (The Times) is now in its fourth year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people and taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office.

THE PUBLIC VOTES WICKED ‘BEST WEST END SHOW’

UK theatregoers have voted WICKED London’s "Best West End Show" at the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Awards. This special award, which asked the public to decide the best overall show from all the plays and musicals currently running in the West End, was presented in celebration of the Awards’ 10th Anniversary.

This year, 46,000 theatregoers voted online and by text message across a range of categories. The other productions that made the initial shortlist of 10 in the "Best West End Show" category were Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and We Will Rock You.

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said in a statement: "It has been an incredible year for West End theatre, and the productions that made the shortlist for this special award are proof of the diversity and quality that have helped maintain London as the world leader for live entertainment. We are therefore truly honoured that the public has chosen WICKED as London’s ‘Best West End Show’, and our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who voted".

WICKED is also one of five West End productions to have been shortlisted for the special 2010 Laurence Olivier Audience Award, which is giving theatregoers the chance to vote for their favourite long-running London show. The other four shows are Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and We Will Rock You. Voting is now underway and so CLICK HERE.

Winner of over 30 international theatre awards, this "hugely popular show" (The Times) is now in its fourth year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people and taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office. WICKED was recently named ‘Best Musical of the Decade’ by Entertainment Weekly and "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times.

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED proudly supports Magic 105.4’s Cash For Kids charity and the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

THE HIT MUSICAL WICKED EXTENDS BOOKING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO 30 APRIL 2011

WICKED, London’s "hugely popular musical" (The Times) that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce the launch of its ninth new booking period, with all performances until Saturday 30 April 2011 now on sale.

The long-running hit musical also announces a series of extra matinee performances on the following dates: 18 February, 28 October, 20 December, 22 December, 23 December, 24 December, 28 December, 29 December and 31 December 2010, all at 2.30pm.

From Monday 29 March 2010, WICKED will star: Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Louise Dearman (Glinda), Lee Mead* (Fiyero), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), Julian Forsyth (Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq), Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba Standby) and Sarah Earnshaw (Glinda Standby).

* Subject to holidays and unforeseen circumstances, Lee Mead will play Fiyero from 10 May 2010 until 5 February 2011. From Monday 29 March 2010 until Saturday 8 May 2010, the role will be played by Lewis Bradley.

Recently named "Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly and "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, the long-running hit has already been seen by over 2.5 million people in London and taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office. Winner of over 30 international awards, this "cultural phenomenon" (Variety) is also playing in North America (4 productions), Germany, Japan and Australia.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED proudly supports Magic 105.4’s Cash For Kids charity and the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

WICKED ANNOUNCES NEW STARS FROM 29 MARCH 2010

RACHEL TUCKER AND LOUISE DEARMAN TO PLAY ELPHABA AND GLINDA

Recently acclaimed as "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, the long-running hit West End musical WICKED, is pleased to welcome Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Louise Dearman as Glinda who will lead the new cast from Monday 29 March 2010.

Belfast born Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) has most recently been co-presenting The Friday Show with Eamonn Holmes for BBC Northern Ireland. She has just finished playing Meat in the Queen/Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and was a semi-finalist in the hugely popular BBC1 series I’d Do Anything.

Louise Dearman (Glinda) recently played Eva Peron in the UK national tour of Evita to great acclaim. In the West End she appeared in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre and starred as Sarah Brown in the subsequent UK national tour. She is about to finish playing the title role in Cinderella opposite Mickey Rooney for First Family Entertainment.

Current cast members Alexia Khadime (Elphaba) and Dianne Pilkington (Glinda) will play their final performances on Saturday 27 March 2010. Additional cast changes will be announced shortly.

Winner of over 30 international awards, the "West End phenomenon" (The Sunday Telegraph) is now in its fourth year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people and taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED proudly supports Magic 105.4’s Cash For Kids charity and the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

LEE MEAD TO STAR AS ‘FIYERO’ IN WICKED FROM 10 MAY 2010

FULL NEW LONDON CAST CONFIRMED FROM 29 MARCH 2010

WICKED, London’s "hugely popular musical" (The Times) that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Lee Mead is to play Fiyero at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 10 May 2010.

Lee Mead is currently playing the title role in Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime on UK tour until 24 April 2010. The enormously popular winner of the BBC series Any Dream Will Do, Lee went on to the play the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre to critical acclaim, winning the 2007 Variety Club Award for ‘Outstanding New Talent’.

Lee Mead said in a statement: "I’m really excited to be returning to the West End in this incredible musical. Fiyero is a fantastic part and I’m looking forward to joining Rachel Tucker, Louise Dearman and the brilliant new cast at the Apollo Victoria Theatre".

WICKED Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: "With a wealth of musical theatre experience already under his belt, Lee was, from the outset, the one to watch in the BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’. His much deserved win and subsequent performance in ‘Joseph…’ proved that he was an outstandingly talented leading man. I am really delighted that he has now chosen to make his return to the West End as Fiyero in Wicked alongside the fantastic new cast that will take us into our fifth year".

Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), Julian Forsyth (Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq) and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba Standby) also join the previously announced Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) and Louise Dearman (Glinda) as part of the new London cast from Monday 29 March 2010. Original London cast member Sarah Earnshaw continues as Glinda Standby.

Lee Mead plays Fiyero from Monday 10 May 2010. From Monday 29 March 2010 until Saturday 8 May 2010, the role will be played by Lewis Bradley.

From Monday 29 March 2010, WICKED will star: Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Louise Dearman (Glinda), Lee Mead* (Fiyero), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), Julian Forsyth (Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq), Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba Standby), Sarah Earnshaw (Glinda Standby), Alex Louize Bird, Lewis Bradley*, Gareth Chart, Joe Colasanti, Emma Green, Lauren James Ray, Shirley Jameson, Daniel Jones, Jasmine Kerr, Matt Krzan, Sophie Linder-Lee, Danny Mac, Lucy Newton, Sauri Oda, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, Paul Saunders, Niall Sheehy, Tommy Sherlock, Thomas Sutcliffe, Jennifer Tierney, Hannah Toy, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jack Wilcox and Sam Wilmott.

*Lee Mead plays Fiyero from Monday 10 May 2010. From Monday 29 March 2010 until Saturday 8 May 2010, the role will be played by Lewis Bradley.

Recently named "Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly and "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, the long-running hit has already been seen by over 2.5 million people in London and taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office. Winner of over 30 international awards, this "cultural phenomenon" (Variety) is also playing in North America (4 productions), Germany, Japan and Australia.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED proudly supports Magic 105.4’s Cash For Kids charity and the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

WICKED BROADWAY CELEBRATES HIGHEST GROSSING YEAR TO DATE

WICKED BREAKS OWN RECORD FOR HIGHEST GROSSING BROADWAY SHOW

For the third time in just six weeks, the Broadway production of WICKED has grossed over $2 million for one week of performances. For the week ending Sunday 29 November, the musical, now in its 7th year on Broadway, grossed $2,086,135, and for the week ending December 27 the musical surpassed its own record grossing $2,092,745. For the week ending January 3, 2010, the musical shattered the record once again, making Broadway history by taking in an unprecedented $2,125,740 and setting a new house record at the Gershwin Theatre.

Additionally, the show’s three other North American productions broke house records in San Francisco ($1,485,692), Providence ($1,793,764), and Schenectady ($1,657,139), bringing the musical’s one-week North American box office gross to $7,062,335.

The musical, which was recently called "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, currently has eight productions across the globe: in New York, San Francisco, London, Stuttgart, Osaka, Sydney, and on two concurrent North American National Tours. WICKED has amassed over $1.7 billion globally in ticket sales and has been seen by over 21 million people worldwide in its 7-year history.

Declared "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly and "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED CELEBRATES RECORD-BREAKING 2009

WICKED CELEBRATES HIGHEST GROSSING YEAR TO DATE

OVER £27 MILLION TAKEN AT THE BOX OFFICE IN 2009

Recently named "Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly and "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, the hit musical WICKED at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre enjoyed its highest grossing year to date in 2009, grossing an incredible £27,333,991 at the Box Office (up almost £100,000 from 2008). The musical has taken in excess of £90 million at the UK Box Office since its London premiere in September 2006.

Now in its fourth year, "the hugely popular musical" (The Times) celebrated its 1000th performance on Saturday 14 February 2009 and welcomed its 2 millionth theatregoer on 11 May 2009. The production entered its fourth year on 27 September 2009.

Also in 2009, WICKED won the Visit London Award for Best Family Fun and has been short-listed as Best West End Show by theatregoers voting online until the end of January 2010 at Whatsonstage.com. The show’s current leading ladies, Dianne Pilkington and Alexia Khadime, were honoured as Women of The Future at the annual Woman of the Future Awards and the musical, in partnership with Westfield London, set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest Halloween gathering as part of its annual ‘Wicked Day’ celebrations.

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said "The public’s incredible enthusiasm and support for Wicked has swept us along on a huge wave of success since we opened in 2006. To see our business continuing to climb year-on-year is really incredible and we are enormously grateful to the millions of people who have bought tickets to date and especially to those who made 2009 our best year yet".

Winner of over 30 international awards, productions of WICKED are currently playing in North America (4 productions), Germany, Japan and Australia.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

WICKED proudly supports Magic 105.4’s Cash For Kids charity and the Anti-Bullying Alliance.