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WEST END MUSICAL PHENOMENON WICKED EXTENDS BOOKING INTO 2017

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY AT 10AM FOR PERFORMANCES UNTIL 29 APRIL 2017

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 21st new booking period, on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10am, with over 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 29 April 2017..

The long-running London production, which is now in its 10th anniversary year, continues to break Box Office records at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, most recently setting a new house record with a weekly gross of £1,030,379.00 (for the week ending Saturday 2 January 2016).

Acclaimed as "a magical story of friendship, love and growing up" (OfficialLondonTheatre.com) and "a package of show-stopping songs and razor-sharp wit" (Metro), Wicked has now been seen by over 7 million people in London alone and is currently the 9th longest-running show in the West End* and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history*.

* Information verified by The Society of London Theatre.

Wicked currently stars: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan* (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

* Tom McGowan is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

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 Pocahontas and 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

For more information and to book tickets see: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk/AutismFriendly

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WICKED TO HOST DEDICATED AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY

WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce its first ever Autism-Friendly performance on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 1:30pm.

The production is working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to create a friendly and supportive environment in which to enjoy the show. The specially adapted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand in dedicated quiet and activity areas should anyone need to leave their seats.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: "We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to work with the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the Ambassador Theatre Group and the producers of this hugely successful show. More than one in one hundred people have autism in the UK, and many of those affected by this lifelong condition are acutely sensitive to everyday sights and sounds, which other people are able to filter out, such as fluorescent lighting, background music or traffic noise. Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to go to the theatre but because of sensory issues are prevented from doing so. Wicked’s production team have taken great care in adapting the show which means that for some of the audience on 14 May, this will be the very first time that they are able to experience the thrill of a live performance."

Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: "We are greatly indebted to the National Autistic Society and to the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) for their support in arranging this dedicated Autism-Friendly performance. We’re delighted to be able to welcome fans of Wicked who wouldn’t normally be able to attend a standard performance and look forward to what promises to be an inspiring experience for us all."

People with autism can experience sensory overload so to deal with this there will be adjustments made to the sounds and lighting. People will be able to leave the auditorium as needed and there will be chill out spaces identified around the theatre. Theatre staff, cast and crew will have been given an insight into autism so they are more aware of the needs of this audience.

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 Pocahontas and 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

For more information and to book tickets see: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk/AutismFriendly

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POET AND PLAYWRIGHT SABRINA MAHFOUZ TO JOIN JUDGING PANEL FOR WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS 2016

Wicked London Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) Photo by Matt Crocket
Wicked London Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) Photo by Matt Crocket

The award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz is joining the judging panel in the sixth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS. The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS were set up by the team behind the award-winning musical to recognise excellence in writing and encourage creativity. The closing date for entries is 11 March 2016.

Since launching, over 20,000 young people, aged between 5 and 25, have 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.

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2016 awards scheme marks the launch of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The new category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.

Sabrina Mahfouz writes plays, poems and librettos for theatre and television including: Paines Plough; BBC3; Kate Whitley; Futures Theatre; Theatre Centre and Aakash Odedra. She has been a Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, a poet in residence for Cape Farewell and an Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards including a 2014 Fringe First Award; a 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights.

Sabrina Mahfouz comments on the Award, “Young people’s writing is what makes me optimistic and excited about the future, so being involved in anything that encourages more of it is a huge honour, especially alongside such legendary judges. I can’t wait to spend cosy nights in reading the stories from the stars of tomorrow!”

A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the Wicked cast will announce who has won in each category.

Pieces of original writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until 11 March 2016. The overall winners from each category will receive tickets to the West End production of Wicked, £50 book/eBook tokens plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

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Wicked Musical Tickets Apollo Victoria Theatre London

Wicked The Musical LondonWICKED, the award-winning West End musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.

The winner of over 90 international awards, Wicked has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for more than a decade and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where, in 2013, it has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that 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 girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good, and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

Full of thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.

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WICKED ANNOUNCES SIXTH YEAR OF WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS

Wicked the Musical• HRH Duchess of Cornwall extends patronage until 2020
• Author-illustrator Cressida Cowell returns as Head Judge
• Sixth Year of Prestigious Writing Awards
• New Category announced: FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, is proud to announce the sixth year of the prestigious WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, which this year introduces a new non-fiction category. Entries open 3 November 2015 and close 11 March 2016. Details can be found at www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com.

Wicked is also delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her patronage for a further five years.

The Duchess of Cornwall said at the award ceremony in 2011, “I believe passionately in nurturing a love of reading and writing in children and young people of all ages. Reading is not only the start of a voyage of personal development and pleasure, but the foundation stone of all education.”

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ author-illustrator Cressida Cowell is also returning to the judging panel as Head Judge. She said, “I am thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the second time. It is wonderful to be involved in an award which fires up the imaginations and confidence of these young writers. As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, I’m a real advocate of anything that gets young people reading and writing.”

As in previous years, entrants can enter one of five different age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. In addition, the 2016 awards scheme marks the launch of the FOR GOOD Award for Non-Fiction, encouraging 15-25 year olds to write essays or articles that recognise the positive impact that people can have on each other, their communities and the world we live in. The new category celebrates the WICKED: FOR GOOD programme, which supports the charitable causes at the heart of the stage musical.

The Awards were created by the producers of Wicked in 2010, in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people. Since launching, over 20,000 young people, aged between 5 and 25, have 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.

A shortlist of 120 entrants from across the UK will see their work published in the WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS Anthology. They are also invited to an exclusive ceremony at London’s Apollo Victoria, home to the hit musical since 2006, where judges and members of the Wicked cast will announce who has won in each category.

Previous winners include Charlotte Carter (Winner, 15-17 Category, 2015) who said, “The support shown by everyone involved in the award is fantastic, I cannot thank them enough for the passion, the joy and the hope that they have inspired in me.”

Sophie Max who was short-listed four times and won in 2012 said “I am forever grateful for the impact it had on me; in consequence I will always have writing as a part of my life.”

Winner of the 18-25 Category Gregory Maguire Award 2014 Chris Pritchard has gone on to be published in a variety of journals and anthologies but his favourite part of the award was hearing the stories by the younger contestants!

Caitlin Jenkins, (Winner, 11-13 Category, 2010), said “The biggest thrill I had from the competition was seeing my writing in print, and of course meeting Michael Morpurgo the year I won.”

The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS raises money for the National Literacy Trust, who campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy. Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust will be returning as part of the judging panel.

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of WICKED said, “All of us at Wicked are incredibly proud of this project and greatly indebted to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell for their support. Their passionate commitment to encouraging creative writing and improving literacy standards amongst young people in the UK is an inspiration to us all”.

Pieces of original writing can be submitted, either individually or as part of a school group, until 11 March 2016. The overall winners from each category will win a VIP family experience to the West End production of WICKED, including an exclusive backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library donated by Hachette Children’s Books. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a bespoke writing workshop at their respective school.

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WEST END HIT MUSICAL WICKED EXTENDS BOOKING TO 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett
Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

500,000 NEW TICKETS ON SALE THIS MONDAY AT 10.00AM

NOW THE 9TH LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN THE WEST END AND THE 19TH LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN WEST END THEATRE HISTORY

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 20th new booking period, on Monday 7 September 2015 at 10.00am, with over 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 5 November 2016.

“Nine years since it first opened, Wicked still has packed audiences under its spell” (Metro) and, as it flies towards its landmark 10th Anniversary Year, it is set to become the 9th longest-running show in the West End following the final performance of The 39 Steps tomorrow (5 September 2015). Having recently surpassed the run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Wicked is also now the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. Information verified by The Society of London Theatre.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), Wicked has already been seen by nearly 7 million people in London alone and recently played its 3750th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Wicked continues to be the top choice of UK theatregoers having won the Olivier Audience Award (twice); the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Night Out; a Visit London Gold Award; and nine What’s On Stage Awards including Best West End Show (twice) and Best Musical. The UK production has also recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Around the world, Wicked has been seen by nearly 50 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 nearly 12 years at the Gershwin Theatre.

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.

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

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DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED

Wicked the Musical
U.S. STAR TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT AS THE WIZARD FROM 21 SEPTEMBER 2015

FULL NEW 2015/16 CAST ANNOUNCED

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to welcome the American stage, television and film actor Tom McGowan to the role of The Wizard from Monday 21 September for a limited season until Saturday 12 March 2016. He will be making his West End debut.

Tom McGowan has been playing The Wizard in various North American productions of WICKED to great acclaim since 2009, including three separate engagements at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include ‘Bessie’ in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, directed by Joe Mantello; ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago; Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, adapted by David Hare and the original production of David Hirson’s La Bête (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Actor in a Play). Off-Broadway, he won an OBIE Award for his performance as ‘Otto’ in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain. His many television appearances include recurring roles as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in Frasier; ‘Bernie’ in Everybody Loves Raymond and ‘Joe’ in The War at Home; and guest starring roles in Veep; Modern Family; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters; CSI; Hot in Cleveland; ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Films include The Birdcage; Heavyweights; Ghost World; Bad Santa; As Good As It Gets; Bean; The Family Man; Twelve and Holding and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tom McGowan said: “I am thrilled to be invited to make my West End stage debut in WICKED playing the role that has been such a huge and fulfilling part of my career on Broadway and across North America at various times since 2009. I look forward to meeting and working with the amazing London cast.”

Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful Tom McGowan will be recreating his acclaimed Broadway performance as The Wizard in the West End production of WICKED, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September.”

From Monday 21 September 2015, WICKED will star: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda), Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright,
Oliver Evans, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Sheila Grant, Chester Hayes, Lauren James Ray, Aaron Jenkins, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker
and Helen Woolf.

Tom McGowan is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), WICKED is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people in London and played over 3700 performances.

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

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TOM McGOWAN joins London cast of Wicked as The Wizard

Wicked the MusicalDIRECT FROM BROADWAY, TOM McGOWAN JOINS WEST END HIT WICKED
U.S. STAR TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT AS THE WIZARD FROM 21 SEPTEMBER 2015
FULL NEW 2015/16 CAST ANNOUNCED

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to welcome the American stage, television and film actor Tom McGowan to the role of The Wizard from Monday 21 September for a limited season until Saturday 12 March 2016. He will be making his West End debut.

Tom McGowan has been playing The Wizard in various North American productions of Wicked to great acclaim since 2009, including three separate engagements at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include ‘Bessie’ in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, directed by Joe Mantello; ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago; Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, adapted by David Hare and the original production of David Hirson’s La Bête (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Actor in a Play). Off-Broadway, he won an OBIE Award for his performance as ‘Otto’ in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain. His many television appearances include recurring roles as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in Frasier; ‘Bernie’ in Everybody Loves Raymond and ‘Joe’ in The War at Home; and guest starring roles in Veep; Modern Family; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters; CSI; Hot in Cleveland; ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Films include The Birdcage; Heavyweights; Ghost World; Bad Santa; As Good As It Gets; Bean; The Family Man; Twelve and Holding and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tom McGowan said: “I am thrilled to be invited to make my West End stage debut in Wicked playing the role that has been such a huge and fulfilling part of my career on Broadway and across North America at various times since 2009. I look forward to meeting and working with the amazing London cast.”

Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful Tom McGowan will be recreating his acclaimed Broadway performance as The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September.”

Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett
Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

From Monday 21 September 2015, Wicked will star: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda), Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright, Oliver Evans, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Sheila Grant, Chester Hayes, Lauren James Ray, Aaron Jenkins, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Helen Woolf.

Tom McGowan is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), Wicked is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people in London and played over 3700 performances.

Wicked is produced around the world 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

Friday 31st July 2015

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Wicked London cast change for 21st September 2015

  • EMMA HATTON AND SAVANNAH STEVENSON HAVE EXTEND THEIR CONTRACTS IN WEST END HIT WICKED
  • OLIVER SAVILE, SEAN KEARNS AND CARINA GILLESPIE JOIN THE CAST
  • CURRENT ENSEMBLE CAST MEMBER DANIEL HOPE TO PLAY ‘BOQ’
Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett
Savannah Stevenson & Emma Hatton Photo by Matt Crockett

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, have announced that the current stars, Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), have both extended their contracts and will continue with the long-running hit into 2016.

Joining them from Monday 21 September 2015 will be Oliver Savile (The Phantom of the Opera; Les Misérables and the UK Tour of Cats as ‘Rum Tum Tugger’) as Fiyero; Sean Kearns (The Commitments; The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot The Musical) as Doctor Dillamond; current West End ensemble cast member Daniel Hope as Boq and Carina Gillespie, who played Nessarose (and the role of Glinda on many occasions) on Wicked’s multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour, as Standby for Glinda.

Oliver Savile
Oliver Savile

Also continuing are current cast members Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba). Further casting is to be announced.

Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Steven Pinder (Doctor Dillamond, from 10 August 2015), Sam Lupton (Boq) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs makes his final performance as Doctor Dillamond on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Wicked is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people with more than 3700 performances.

Wicked was recently awarded a coveted Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by both Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines. It also won the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard.

Around the world, Wicked has been seen by nearly 50 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.

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. Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Saturday 18th July 2015

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EMMA HATTON AND SAVANNAH STEVENSON EXTEND IN WEST END HIT WICKED

OLIVER SAVILE, SEAN KEARNS AND CARINA GILLESPIE JOIN CAST 21 SEPTEMBER

CURRENT ENSEMBLE CAST MEMBER DANIEL HOPE TO PLAY ‘BOQ’

WICKED, the award-winning classic musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that the current acclaimed stars, Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), have both extended their contracts and will continue with the long-running hit into 2016.

Joining them from Monday 21 September 2015 will be Oliver Savile (The Phantom of the Opera; Les Misérables and the UK Tour of Cats as ‘Rum Tum Tugger’) as Fiyero; Sean Kearns (The Commitments; The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot The Musical) as Doctor Dillamond; current West End ensemble cast member Daniel Hope as Boq and Carina Gillespie, who played Nessarose (and the role of Glinda on many occasions) on WICKED‘s multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour, as Standby for Glinda.

Also continuing with the show are current cast members Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba). Further casting to be announced.

Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Steven Pinder (Doctor Dillamond, from 10 August 2015), Sam Lupton (Boq) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby for Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs plays his final performance as Doctor Dillamond on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), WICKED is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End and has already been seen by almost 7 million people and played over 3700 performances.

WICKED was recently awarded a coveted Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to be Reader Recommended by both Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines. It also won the 2015 ‘This Morning’ Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards with Mastercard.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by nearly 50 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.

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.

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