If you cannot see the video
clip above, please check your browser is permitting "ActiveX" to run - IE users
should see the yellow ribbon at the top of your browser window.
Ever wonder what the real Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, was like?
Back before Dorothy's
house turned her sister into Yellow Brick Road-kill, and Dorothy gave her a
shower, Elphaba was a student just trying to do what was right.
(Photo credit: Matt Crockett).
From Monday 18 November 2013, the complete London production of Wicked is: Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero),
Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard - pictured above, in
costume and with Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba. Photo credit: Matt Crockett), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton
(Standby Elphaba), Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda), Florence Andrews, Kyle
Anthony, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philippa Buxton, Philip
Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Samuel Edwards, Kerry Enright, Michelle Francis,
Jacqueline Hughes, Melissa Jacques, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Natalie
McQueen, Greg Miller Burns, Tom Muggeridge, Rachel Muldoon, Sean Parkins,
Charlie Stemp, Lauren Stroud, Lindsay Taylor, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt
Turner, Russell Walker and Jenny Wickham.
Kerry Ellis takes over as Elphaba from 4th August until 25th October 2014.
Kerry Ellis will NOT appear at performances on 19th August, 27th September, 2nd
to 10th October inclusive, 14th, 15th and 16th October and 18th October 2014.
Cast holiday details are given for information only, and Theatremonkey.com
CANNOT take responsibility for any issue arising from the accuracy or otherwise
of these details, nor guest use of this information.
From Monday 27 October 2014, Nikki Davis-Jones (pictured above, photo credit:
Matthew Crockett), who is currently winning rave reviews for her performance as
Elphaba in the record-breaking UK tour, will join the London production. Also
joining the cast are Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible) and Philip Childs (Doctor
Dillamond). 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) all continue in
This is the story of her college years,
a campaign for animal rights and the lonely struggle with the fact it is no fun being
and in love.
Wizard or not.
Stephen Schwartz provides the music and lyrics based on a novel by Gregory
Maguire. Winnie Holtzman provides the musical book, Eugene Lee the scenery,
Susan Hilferty costumes, with Joe Mantello directing and Wayne Cilento credited
for musical staging. The monkey's Great Uncle Ex-Squadron-Leader Wilberforce would also like
credit for training the flying monkeys, apparently... even though he didn't.
Photographic credits for above: (from the current / Past London
casts of this production)
(1) Elphaba 2011 London Cast. (2) Dianne Pilkington and Oliver Tompsett. Photo by Tristram Kenton. (3) Glinda 2011 London Cast. (4) Idina Menzel and Company. Photo by Tristram Kenton. (5) Fiyero 2011 London Cast. (6) Nigel Planer and Idina Menzel. Photo by Tristram Kenton.
All photographs are copyright of the production and photographer as
Please note that these photographs are used by permission. They MUST NOT be
reproduced on other websites without permission of the above mentioned copyright
owners. Theatremonkey.com will report any abuse of these photographs to the
PLEASE NOTE: For copyright reasons, information and
graphics on this
page should not be directly copied and reproduced on other websites / noticeboards. Hyperlinks to this page are, of course, welcomed.
Hear the show: a dedicated SoundCloud channel has been created to showcase
snippets of the incredible music by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner
Stephen Schwartz. You can take a look at the channel here:
for a taste of some of the show-stopping tunes from the musical?
Also worth knowing is that WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells
the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is now on a major tour of the
UK and Ireland. (Cast of UK Tour below. Photo credit: Matt Crockett, used by
Tour dates include: Birmingham Hippodrome (9 July to 6 September 2014) Southampton Mayflower Theatre (Tuesday 21 October 2014 until Saturday 15
November 2014). of Oz, When tickets went on public sale on Tuesday 1st October
2013 it set a new Box Office record for an on-sale with 5284 tickets booked on
the first day. Ticket buyers had waited in line at the Box Office from 5.15am.
The previous record was held by The Phantom of the Opera with 4376 tickets
booked in one day. Liverpool Empire Theatre (16 September to 11 October 2014)
Southampton Mayflower Theatre (21 October to 15 November 2014)
Edinburgh Playhouse (19 November 2014 to 10 January 2015)
Plymouth Theatre Royal (20 January to 14 February 2015)
Bristol Hippodrome (18 February to 21 March 2015)
Sunderland Empire Theatre (31 March to 25 April 2015)
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (5 to 30 May 2015)
The Lowry in Salford (3 June to 25 July 2015).
Tickets are now on sale at all venues. The tour cast will be: Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Emily Tierney (Glinda), Liam
Doyle (Fiyero), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and
Doctor Dillamond), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose), George Ure (Boq), Jemma
Alexander (Standby Elphaba), Lee Bridgman, Chrissy Brooke, Richard Carson,
Harrison Clark, Jeanine Dinger, Tim Edwards, Howard Ellis, Natasha Ferguson, Zoe
George, Lia Given, Natalie Green, Charlie Harding, Katie Kerr, Robert Kershaw,
Will Knights, Sophie Leigh-Griffin, Candy Marriott, Oliver Metzler, Wendy-Lee
Purdy, Julienne Schembri, Grant Thresh, Ed White and Helen Woolf.
The London production continues its record-breaking run at the Apollo Victoria
Theatre. It played its 3000th performance at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre at
2.30pm on 16th November 2013.
On Thursday 24th July 2014 the show proudly welcomed its 6 millionth theatregoer
when Owen Thomas attended the performance with Stephanie Willingham, both from
Bury St. Edmonds, and enjoyed a backstage visit with the cast after the show.
(photographs above, credited Andrew Fosker, used by permission).
In June 2014, Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We are extremely proud to
be joining such legendary shows as The Mousetrap, Les Misérables and The Phantom
of the Opera as one of the 10 longest running productions in the West End. It is
an incredible new milestone for Wicked and we greatly appreciate the continuing
support of theatregoers.”
WICKED is pleased to reveal a brand new video from the open auditions for the
West End 2013/14 Company and UK & Ireland Tour Company that were held during
April 2013 at Pineapple Studios, London:
Wicked is proud to announce the fourth year of its "prestigious Wicked Young
Writers’ Award" (The Times). Spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo, award-winning
creator of War Horse, the Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages
creativity, and helps develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years
of age from all backgrounds and areas of the UK & Ireland.
The Award was established in order to link the important messages of the
long-running musical with a competition that would inspire young people to use
their writing to look at life a little differently. The Award is championed by
Patron Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. Assisting Michael Morpurgo
with the judging process will be Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED,
and Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust, and Dean
Atta, acclaimed poet and playwright.
Michael McCabe said in a statement: "As Wicked continues in London and also
embarks on its first ever UK & Ireland Tour, I am hugely excited at the prospect
of engaging even more young people with this fantastic creative writing scheme
and delighted that this year we have been able to extend the geographic reach to
include Ireland as well as the UK"
Michael Morpurgo praised the scheme: "I am delighted to be involved in the
Wicked Young Writers' Award. We all have a story to tell or a poem to sing. The
problem is finding the voice to sing it. The Wicked Young Writers’ Award, with
teachers and parents, helps to inspire so many young people to write
passionately and from the heart, and to celebrate their own unique voice."
This year’s entries saw young people exploring themes and concerns such as
ageing, enduring love and loss, global warming, bullying, self-harm, and the
effects of war.
Michael Morpurgo said of this year’s Award: “All these talented young writers
have allowed their imagination to live and breathe. They haven’t been afraid to
tell their stories and speak their poems down and to express themselves with
originality and flair. I have loved reading their writing and hope that you will
Wicked’s Executive Producer, Michael McCabe said: “As a show,Wicked strives to
draw upon the thrill of live performance to inspire discussion around its story
and themes. It's hugely rewarding to see so many young people across the country
engage with these values through the Wicked Young Writers’ Award.”
In the younger categories, the entries were funny, scary and surprisingly
complex: an alien helps a lonely little girl with cerebral palsy make new
friends; a bully is given a dose of his own medicine; a happy, greedy Venus
flytrap devours the world; and a surprisingly funny and mature poem about Albert
Older categories’ entries, peopled with characters ranging from soldiers
suffering with PTS to unwed teenage mothers, used sophisticated imagery and
language to explore alienation, death, self-harm and struggling to conform
without losing one’s identity.
The eldest 18-25 year old category was surprisingly mature, unselfconscious and
insightful, providing a first look at the emerging voices of a new generation:
moving, dark and sometimes playful themes comprised of repressed sexuality,
love, murder and dementia. This is writing directly from the heart, trying to
make sense of a complicated world.
The overall winners will be announced on Thursday 7 August 2014 at a special
event at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the award-winning musical.
The Award is championed by Patron Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall,
and spearheaded by Chair Judge and bestselling author, Michael Morpurgo, who was
joined in the shortlisting process by Michael McCabe, UK Executive Producer of
Wicked, Dean Atta, acclaimed poet and playwright and Henry Smith, founder and
director of Lend Me Your Literacy.
Entries can be submitted individually or as part of a school group and both
online and postal entries are accepted.
This review refers to the original cast. Casting has now changed. "Lyrics and music and book, oh my!" Proof, if proof were needed, that the
old-fashioned Broadway musical isn't dead. The story is basically the
traditional "green girl wants boy, boy wants yellow girl" ending with green girl
turning boy yellow, and yellow and green girl settling their differences - with
some animal rights stuff and zingy one liners thrown in. The satisfaction is in
the neat dovetailing with the classic film - find out how the well loved
characters became what they are; the downside is overlong sequences that look
great but add twenty minutes of ballast to the proceedings.
This is very much a show of two halves. The first has Winnie "My So Called
Life" Holzman channel female adolescence with acuity once again. If business
starts to slip, producers should re-paint the theatre walls powder pink,
replace seats with furry-toy strewn beds and provide free popcorn, cosmetics and
a pizza delivery service. Very much attuned to the sleepover crowd, the fun
"Popular" and 'I wish' numbers "The Wizard and I" and "I'm
Not That Girl" are
arrows to teenage hearts. Once the director realises "Popular" works way better
with an American air-head accent than it does with a British spoof-Sloane one,
it'll be the perfect "DVD night in" substitute. That isn't to say Helen Dallimore
should be upset by frank analysis, but the director should consider the show in
need of personality dialysis and restore it to the original (United States)
state at the next cast change. Oh, and that line is probably the "wittiest" in the
show - you can almost hear Sondheim scream as it is sung.
Act two grows progressively darker, and the resolutions come late into it.
Tighter than act one, and noticeably more adult, it eschews the clumsy shifts of
place for a smoother cinematic feel but feels rushed to ensure the show comes in
at the sub-three hour mark. The searing "As Long as You're Mine" and insightful
"For Good" deserved time that "Wizomania" pointlessly occupies and could have
turned a good show into an unforgettable one. Time to contemplate motives, cause
and effect are limited, and the monkey would have appreciated more of it spaced
through the production.
Expensively staged, occasionally buckling under its own spectacular mass,
set (Elphaba could perhaps have flown properly had there been space) and a
desire to give the audience every penny of the production costs in spectacle
over substance, this is the golden era of musicals brought into the 21st
century. Those old musicals had their faults, as does this, but ultimately a
show succeeds on how deep its songs and images engrave themselves in the memory.
Probably too crass for the current "post war" musical lover (though Schwartz
produces some of his best work here), Wicked will still worm its way into the
affections of many - younger people especially - perhaps ultimately ending up as
a "standard" in fifty years time. As the dragon signifies, it is time that
tells, and this show is mostly worthy of the audiences' hours.