West End and U.K. Touring Editions of Wicked to Welcome New Elphabas
30 Jun 2014
The West End and U.K. touring companies of Wicked are to welcome new cast members. They will take over at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre Oct. 27, and on tour Sept. 16 at Liverpool Empire Theatre.
Nikki Davis-Jones, currently playing Elphaba on the road, will take over in the West End from Willemijn Verkaik, with Liza Sadovy relacing Sue Kelvin as Madame Morrible and Philip Childs taking over from Paul Clarkson as Doctor Dillamond.
On the tour, Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will respectively replace current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones, Liam Doyle, Dale Rapley, George Ure (Boq) and Jemma Alexander. Those departing will play their final performances Sept. 6 at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Continuing in their current roles in the West End are Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda), while on the U.K. road also continuing are Emily Tierney (Glinda), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible) and Carina Gillespie (Nessarose).
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.