Willemijn Verkaik, the Dutch actress who has played the role of Elphaba in more than 1,000 perfromances in Holland, Germany and most recently Broadway, is set to join the London cast of Wicked in November. Verkaik made her debut as Elphaba in the German language production of Wicked in Nov. 2007 in Stuttgart and subsequently in Oberhausen. She reprised the role in the Dutch-language premiere production, opening at the AFAS Circustheater in Nov. 2011 and made her Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre in February 2012.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.