WINNERS OF FIFTH ANNUAL WICKED YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD REVEAL YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A VOICE, CONSCIENCE AND AN AGENDA

Wicked Young Writers' Award

The 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award today announced its winners during a ceremony involving 120 shortlisted finalists at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the multi award-winning classic musical WICKED.

Now in its 5th year, the Award, encourages young people aged 5-25 years old to use writing as a means of expressing themselves, celebrating the production’s themes and values of looking at life in a different way.

Each year, thousands of entries are received across five age categories, with the addition in 2015 of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award, a brand new category created by the entertainment website to celebrate the growing genre of fan fiction amongst young people.

The ceremony was hosted by Wicked stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda) with prizes presented by Award judge Cressida Cowell, best-selling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series of books.

Cast members also performed songs from the hit musical, as well as readings of the winning entries, which were revealed as: Harry Sample (age 6) from Cambridge for his story Wacky Tuesday; Kiersten Johnson (age 10) from London for her poem King Henry’s Wives; Anoushka Das (age 14) from Guildford, for her story The Orphanage; Lottie Carter (age 17) from Milton Keynes for her piece In The Beginning, There Was Light; and Luke Thomas (age 20) from London, winner of the Gregory Maguire Award for 18-25 year olds for The Starlight Staircase. The winner of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction award was Evie Buller (age 14) from Northamptonshire, for The Hunger Games – Alternative Ending.

Author Sam Gayton, a former entrant of the Award, led an interactive literacy workshop in which each finalist created a brand new piece of creative writing – a short story of just six words.

Amongst the 120 finalists this year are five children from Middlesbrough who have been shortlisted for the 5-7 age category. The five young wordsmiths sent in their own original stories after a special assembly at their school by local charity Iron Guidance in partnership with The Children’s University and arts and education company, Apollo Arts. Children were inspired by a live piano performance of one of the songs from the stage show Wicked.

Cressida Cowell said of the winners, “These stories and poems address vital concerns, the really big questions. War, mental illness, love and the forging of identity are just a few of the issues explored with clarity and imagination. As a judge, I was looking to be moved, amused, stimulated and entertained, and I was not disappointed.”

Wicked‘s Executive Producer Michael McCabe commented: “This has been yet another incredible year for Wicked Young Writers’ Award and the quality of the writing has been genuinely inspiring. Now in its fifth year, we were delighted to see entries from previous winners and entrants as well as a host of exciting new writers aged from 5 to 25. It has been a pleasure to work with Cressida Cowell, who joined us this year as a judge, and we also welcomed a number of new partners such as The Children’s University and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education who have enabled us to broaden awareness of the award and generate even more young writers.”

Championed by Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, judges also included Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked, Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, and Henry Smith, Director of Lend Me Your Literacy.

Finalist entries for the 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 and 15-17 age-categories are published in the special 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology. The 18-25 age category and the Sugarscape Fan Fiction finalists are both available as a downloadable pdf from the Award website.

The Award ceremony will raise funds for the National Literacy Trust.

Discover more at www.wickedyoungwriters.com.

WICKED WELCOMES STEVEN PINDER AS DOCTOR DILLAMOND

LIMITED WEST END ENGAGEMENT FROM 10 AUGUST 2015

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Steven Pinder, who is currently playing Doctor Dillamond and The Wizard to huge acclaim on the multi record-breaking UK Tour, will join the London production as Doctor Dillamond from Monday 10 August until Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs will play his final performance on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Steven Pinder (Doctor Dillamond) is best remembered as ‘Max Farnham’ in Phil Redmond’s Brookside, a role he played from 1990 until the final episode in 2003. His has worked extensively in theatre and television and joined the acclaimed UK Tour of WICKED in September 2014.

WICKED recently won the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The coveted Audience Award is the only Olivier Award that is voted for by the theatregoing public. WICKED previously won the Olivier Audience Award in 2010.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), this “big-hearted musical extravaganza about the land of Oz” (Time Out London) is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has been seen by over 6.5 million people in London alone and played over 3500 performances.

The critically acclaimed, multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour, which has already been seen by over 1 million people, will play its final performance at The Lowry in Salford on 25 July 2015.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by 47 million people in 13 countries and won over 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after almost 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

The London production stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs until 8 August and Steven Pinder from 10 August (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda). Cast subject to change from Monday 21 September 2015.

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, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and
David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

HIT MUSICAL WICKED WINS ‘THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD’ AT THE 2015 OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD

CLASSIC MUSICAL NOW THE 10TH LONGEST- RUNNING SHOW IN THE WEST END

HIT MUSICAL WICKED WINS 'THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD' AT THE 2015 OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD

WICKED, the classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has won the This Morning Audience Award. Presented by the Olivier Awards 2015 with Mastercard at The Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 April 2015, the This Morning Audience Award is the only Olivier Award that is voted for by the public. Wicked previously won the Olivier Audience Award in 2010.

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been honoured in this way by the theatregoing public. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and send a huge debt of gratitude to our extraordinary cast, musicians and company at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for their passionate and tireless commitment to Wicked”.

Recently acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), this “big-hearted musical extravaganza about the land of Oz” (Time Out) at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End, has been seen by over 6.5 million people in London alone and recently played its landmark 3500th performance.

The spectacular UK & Ireland Tour of Wicked, which will play its final performance at The Lowry in Salford on 25 July 2015, has been “a blockbuster success” (Sunderland Echo) already seen by over 1 million people since its premiere in September 2013.

Around the world, Wicked has been seen by 47 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after almost 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

The London production currently stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda).

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, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

WICKED SHORTLISTED FOR ‘THIS MORNING AUDIENCE AWARD’ AT 2015 OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD

CLASSIC MUSICAL NOW THE 10TH LONGEST- RUNNING SHOW IN THE WEST END

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has been shortlisted for ITV’s This Morning Audience Award. WICKED is one of just four long-running shows shortlisted for the Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards 2015 with Mastercard.

To cast your vote visit: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk/Vote
If you have previously voted for Wicked in the first round of voting, then your vote will carry forward to this final round.

Recently acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), this “big-hearted musical extravaganza about the land of Oz” (Time Out London) is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End, has been seen by 6.5 million people in London alone and recently played its landmark 3500th performance. WICKED previously won the Olivier Audience Award in 2010.

While continuing its open-ended London run, this “magical musical” (Time Out London) has also been touring the UK and Ireland since September 2013. With over a million tickets already sold, WICKED will conclude this multi record-breaking tour at The Lowry in Salford in July 2015.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by 45 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than 11 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

The London production currently stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda).

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, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and
David Stone.
Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

WEST END MUSICAL PHENOMENON WICKED EXTENDS BOOKING INTO 2016

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY AT 10AM FOR PERFORMANCES UNTIL 30 APRIL 2016

WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 19th new booking period, on Monday 2 February 2015 at 10am, with 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 30 April 2016.

Recently acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “the hugely clever, insanely popular riff on the witches from The Wizard of Oz” (The Times), the spectacular musical phenomenon is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End, has been seen by more than 6 million people in London alone and recently played its landmark 3500th performance.

WICKED is also the first stage production ever to be Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended, with over 90% approval ratings for the story, music, visual experience and staging.

While continuing its open-ended West End run, the spectacular, multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour has already sold over 1 million tickets since its premiere in Manchester in September 2013. The tour will conclude in July 2015, with a return to the Greater Manchester area (to The Lowry in Salford), following engagements in Plymouth (where it is currently playing), Bristol, Sunderland and Aberdeen.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by 45 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than 11 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

From 2 February 2015, the London production stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda).

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, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and
David Stone.

Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG WRITERS SET TO ENTER 5th YEAR OF PRESTIGIOUS WRITING AWARD

– ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON’ AUTHOR JOINS JUDGING PANEL

WICKED, the award-winning stage musical that tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, is proud to announce the 5th year of the “prestigious Wicked Young Writers’ Award” (The Times), with entries now open.

The Award was established in 2010, spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years of age from all backgrounds and areas of the UK & Ireland.

Over 20,000 young people have since entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation.

Championed by Patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, the Award this year welcomes Cressida Cowell, the hugely popular author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, to join the panel of judges alongside Michael McCabe, UK Executive Producer of WICKED, and Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.

The 2015 Award also marks the launch of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award, a brand new category created by teen entertainment website sugarscape.com to celebrate the growing popularity of fan fiction amongst young people.

Cressida Cowell comments: “I am delighted to be asked to be a judge on the Wicked Young Writers’ Award, especially in this 5th anniversary year. As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust it is wonderful to be involved in an award which celebrates young people’s writing and creativity.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, says: “I’m thrilled that the Wicked Young Writer’s Award is back for a 5th year and I can’t wait to read stories and poems from some of the country’s most creative budding writers. The National Literacy Trust believes that taking part in writing challenges and awards can have a lasting impact on pupils’ attitudes, motivation and enjoyment, which in turn can help to boost attainment and support them to reach their full potential.”

WICKED‘s UK Executive Producer, Michael McCabe, said: WICKED is a musical with literary roots, based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling book that re-imagined the fantastic characters first brought to life in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We are delighted and proud that the success of Wicked has enabled us to support the Wicked Young Writers’ Award for a 5th incredible year, and we are honoured to once again be working with the next generation of writing talent.”

Scott Wilson, 18, explained of winning the 15-17 year old category: “I was pretty insecure about my writing and didn’t show it to anybody and this competition gave me such a confidence kick. I’d tell anyone that loves to write to enter, […] it really is such a confidence boost and I think that I write more than ever now because of it.”

Sophie Max, 17, who has been a finalist three times, and once a winner, exclaimed: “Being a finalist spurred me on and gave me confidence in myself as a writer. Having my writing published in the Anthology each year is a prized memento that I am so proud of; what an opportunity to get my stories in print!”

Pieces of writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until Friday 17 April 2015. A shortlist of 100 entrants will see their poem or story published in the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and will be invited to a very special prize ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in July 2015. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to WICKED London, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, ?50 worth of book/eBook tokens, plus ?100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books.

The winner of the Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award will see their work published on sugarscape.com and will be treated to lunch with the Sugarscape editor before their special WICKED experience.

The school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

Get involved today at WickedYoungWriters.com

WICKED SETS NEW BOX OFFICE RECORDS IN LONDON AND ON TOUR WITH COMBINED UK BOX OFFICE GROSS OF £2,160,377.50 FOR WEEK ENDING 3 JANUARY

HIGHEST EVER GROSSING WEEK IN LONDON: £1,023,819.00
HIGHEST EVER GROSSING WEEK OF UK & IRELAND TOUR: £1,136,558.50
UK & IRELAND TOUR HAS ALREADY TAKEN £50 MILLION

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, was seen by 45,000 people in the UK last week (ending 3 January 2015), grossing an incredible £2,160,377.50, at Box Offices in London and Edinburgh and breaking its own previous records in both the West End and on its UK & Ireland Tour:

• The London production set a new Box Office record at the Apollo Victoria Theatre with 9 sell-out shows and a gross of £1,023,819.00. Its previous record (of £1,002,885 for week ending 1 January 2011) also marked the first time in West End history that any production had grossed over £1 million in a single week.

• Now the 10th longest-running show in the West End, WICKED has been seen by more than 6 million people in London and will soon play its landmark 3500th performance.

• The spectacular UK & Ireland Tour grossed £1,136,558.50 at the Edinburgh Playhouse*, with 8 sell-out shows, marking the highest grossing week to date of its entire multi record-breaking tour. The previous record was set at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (with a gross of £886,343.75 for week ending
2 November 2014). This record has subsequently been broken 6 times at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

• The UK & Ireland Tour has already taken £50 million since its premiere in Manchester in September 2013 and will conclude in July 2015 with a return to the Greater Manchester area (to The Lowry in Salford), following upcoming engagements in Plymouth, Bristol, Sunderland and Aberdeen.

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: "We are greatly indebted to our extremely talented and hard working companies who have contributed to another hugely successful year for WICKED in London and on tour, and we thank the 45,000 theatregoers who made these extraordinary Box Office records possible last week".

Recently acclaimed as "one of the greatest musicals of our time" (Daily Mail), WICKED has been seen by 44 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains "Broadway’s biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times) after more than 11 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the international best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

*Please note that all remaining performances at the Edinburgh Playhouse are now sold out.

WICKED WELCOMES NATALIE ANDREOU AS STANDBY ELPHABA FROM MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2015

FINAL WEEKS TO SEE U.S. STAR JENNIFER DINOIA AS ELPHABA

EMMA HATTON ASSUMES THE ROLE FROM MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2015

WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Natalie Andreou will join the company from Monday 2 February 2015 as Standby Elphaba.

Natalie Andreou most recently starred as ‘Sherrie’ in the musical Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Garrick Theatre. She can currently be seen (until 4 January 2015) as ‘Snow White’ in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Manchester Opera House, alongside Priscilla Presley and Warwick Davis.

Acclaimed U.S. star Jennifer DiNoia, who was recently nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award, plays her final performance as Elphaba on 31 January 2015. Emma Hatton assumes the role from 2 February 2015.

The London production currently stars Jennifer DiNoia* (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (he Wizard), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda). *Jennifer DiNoia is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Recently acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), WICKED is the 10th longest running show in the West End and will soon play its 3500th performance.

While continuing its open-ended London run, a spectacular UK touring production is also now playing until July 2015 (and is currently at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 10 January 2015).

Around the world, WICKED has already been seen by over 44 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than 11 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY@reg; and Academy Award@reg; winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award@reg; winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the international best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.

FIRST LOOK: DIRECT FROM THE U.S. JENNIFER DINOIA MAKES WEST END DEBUT AS ELPHABA IN THE AWARD-WINNING LONDON PRODUCTION OF WICKED

Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to release the first production pictures of U.S. star Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, alongside Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, in the London production of the global musical phenomenon.

Jennifer DiNoia has enjoyed a remarkable eight year association with WICKED in North America and internationally and has now made a sensational West End debut as Elphaba. She has joined the West End production for a strictly limited engagement until Saturday 31 January 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

WICKED stars: Jennifer DiNoia* (Elphaba**), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda).

*Jennifer DiNoia is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity. **From 2 February 2015, the role of Elphaba will be played by Emma Hatton.

Acclaimed as “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (Evening Standard), WICKED is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End. Around the world, it has already been seen by over 42 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than a decade at the Gershwin Theatre.

While continuing its open-ended London run, a spectacular UK touring production is also now playing until July 2015 (and is currently at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 15 November 2014 and opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 19 November 2014). “This thrillingly entertaining show” (Manchester Evening News) has broken countless Box Office records and won multiple five star reviews across the UK and Ireland.

Based on the 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, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the international best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

WICKED is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.