Wicked Extension at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre London extend its booking period until 28 April 2012.

Wicked is 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 ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Apollo Victoria 80th Birthday Gala at Apollo Victoria

On October 10th 2010 the Apollo Victoria Theatre will celebrate its 80th Birthday with a special Gala Performance featuring the cast of Wicked and a host of musical stars.

In the audience will be some very special guests who have close connections with the theatre’s musical past including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arlene Phillips, Meera Syal, Jennifer Saunders and Adam Garcia, as well as celebrity fans of musical theatre.

The Gala Performance will be a showcase of songs which have been performed on the theatre’s stage over its 80 years and will benefit Cancer Research UK.

Featuring unique performances by current and past Wicked cast members including Rachel Tucker and Oliver Tompsett and the Jersey Boys, this celebration will also include Christopher Biggins as guest MC for the evening.

There will be a host of reunions of original cast and creative teams from the theatre’s musicals, including Saturday Night Fever, Movin’ Out, Bombay Dreams and a very special one-off reunion of performers from the Apollo Victoria’s longest-running show Starlight Express.

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Wicked extended until 29 October 2011 at Apollo Victoria Theatre!

Wicked has extended its London booking period by 6 months – tickets are now on sale to 29 Oct 2011 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

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 ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Experience this unforgettable, award-winning musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the land of Oz…

Rachel Tucker (finalist in BBC’s I’d Do Anything)plays Elphaba and Louise Dearman plays Glinda.

Lee Mead (Winner BBC’s Any Dream Will Do) will play the role of Fiyero until 5th February 2011. He will be on holiday 20th to 25th September, 29th November to 4th December, 3rd to 8th January 2011.

“Sexy, sassy and sensational – it is magnificent to see a musical that manages to be both populist and intelligent at the same time.”  The Daily Telegraph. 

“A WICKED AND WONDERFUL VISION OF OZ. A remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations – Wicked works like a dream.” Evening Standard. 

“ONE OF THE WEST END’S LONGEST RUNNING HITS.” Daily Mail.

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Dianne Pilkington to star in The 39 Steps

Dianne Pilkington will be joining the new cast of The 39 Steps at Criterion Theatre from 26th of April 2010, currently performing as Glinda in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Dianne Pilkington (born June 7, 1975) is an English actress. She trained at the Guildford School of Acting in England, and since then has made many notable appearances, in both tours and in the West End. She is currently playing Glinda in the West End production of Wicked. She began performances on July 16, 2007 replacing original Glinda, Helen Dallimore after breifly serving as standby from April 28, 2007 – July 14, 2007.

Wicked Announces New Cast From 11th May 2009

The smash hit musical WICKED, which recently celebrated its 1000th performance, is pleased to welcome Sam Kelly as The Wizard and Natalie Anderson as Nessarose from Monday 11 May 2009. The production also welcomes back Alexia Khadime as Elphaba.

Since the early seventies, Sam Kelly has been one of the UK’s best-loved and most popular actors. His many long-running television series have included Porridge with Ronnie Barker; ‘Allo, ‘Allo with Gorden Kaye; On The Up with Dennis Waterman and Barbara with Gwen Taylor. His National Theatre appearances include The Homecoming with Michael Sheen, War and Peace and A Funny Thing Happen On The Way To The Forum. Natalie Anderson is best known as ‘Nurse Stella Davenport’ in ITV’s The Royal, a role she has been playing since 2004. She also starred in the BBC children’s television drama series The Biz with Paul Nicholls.

Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Ashleigh Gray (Standby for Elphaba) and Sarah Earnshaw (Standby for Glinda) have all extended their contracts. Current ensemble cast members Alex Jessop and David Stoller will take over the roles of Boq and Doctor Dillamond respectively.

Current WICKED stars Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Desmond Barrit (The Wizard), Caroline Keiff (Nessarose), Jeremy Legat (Boq) and Andy Mace (Doctor Dillamond) will all play their final performances on Saturday 9th May 2009.

From Monday 11 May 2009, WICKED stars Alexia Khadime (Elphaba), Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Sam Kelly (The Wizard), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Natalie Anderson (Nessarose), Alex Jessop (Boq), David Stoller (Doctor Dillamond), Ashleigh Gray (Standby for Elphaba) and Sarah Earnshaw (Standby for Glinda).

The award-winning musical opened at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006 and has now been seen by almost two million people and taken £70 million at the Box Office. In addition to the London production, WICKED is also currently running in North America (4 productions), Japan, Germany and Australia.

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Kerry Ellis to Sign Wicked in Rock CD at Dress Circle

WICKED star Kerry Ellis will be signing copies of her amazing ‘WICKED IN ROCK’ CD at Dress Circle in Covent Garden on Saturday 29 November from 2.30pm-4.00pm.

Currently starring as Elphaba on Broadway, Kerry Ellis returns to play her award-winning role at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 1 December 2008.

Acknowledged as “the West End’s most successful musical” (The Independent on Sunday), WICKED has already been seen by over 1.6 million people since its London premiere in September 2006. Booking was recently extended again and tickets are now on sale until Saturday 26 September 2009.

The production currently stars: Alexia Khadime* as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible, Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Caroline Keiff as Nessarose, Jeremy Legat as Boq and Andy Mace as Doctor Dillamond. *Kerry Ellis returns to star as Elphaba from 1 December 2008. Cast subject to change from 4 May 2009. (WickedTheMusical.co.uk)

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Wicked Celebrates 2nd Birthday!

(WickedTheMusical.co.uk) The cast and company of WICKED, the record-breaking hit musical at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, celebrated its second birthday on Saturday 27 September with a post-show champagne party.

Acknowledged as “the West End’s most successful musical” (The Independent on Sunday), WICKED has already been seen by over 1.6 million people since its London premiere in September 2006. Booking was recently extended again and tickets are now on sale until Saturday 26 September 2009.

The production currently stars: Alexia Khadime* as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible, Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Caroline Keiff as Nessarose, Jeremy Legat as Boq and Andy Mace as Doctor Dillamond. *Kerry Ellis returns from Broadway to star as Elphaba from 1 December 2008.

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Wicked The Musical Booking Extended!

LONDON’S No.1 NEW MUSICAL ENTERS 3RD HIT YEAR. BOOKING EXTENDED TO 26 SEPTEMBER 2009. ALMOST HALF A MILLION NEW TICKETS GOING ON SALE

WICKED, the record-breaking hit musical at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, is one of the West End’s biggest success stories. This year alone the award-winning new musical has already taken almost £20 million at the Box Office. WICKED today announces the opening of a new booking period with tickets on sale over a year in advance for all performances until Saturday 26 September 2009. Tickets go on sale this Monday (1 September 2008).

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “As we enter our third year in the West End the success of Wicked continues to grow. We have enjoyed an incredibly successful 2008 and business is up week-on-week from 2007 which is an extraordinary achievement. We are now delighted to be adding our 6th booking period and putting almost half a million (460,692) new tickets on sale.”

Acknowledged as ‘the West End’s most successful musical’ (The Independent on Sunday), WICKED has already been seen by over 1.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006, grossing £55 million at the Box Office to date (with almost £20 million taken so far in 2008 alone). The musical officially celebrates its 2nd birthday on 27 September 2008.

The production currently stars: Alexia Khadime* as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible, Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Caroline Keiff as Nessarose, Jeremy Legat as Boq and Andy Mace as Doctor Dillamond. *Kerry Ellis returns from Broadway to star as Elphaba from 1 December 2008.

Cast subject to change from 4 May 2009.

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Wicked – Harriet Thorpe To Play Madame Morrible

Harriet Thorpe will replace Susie Blake playing Madame Morrible in musical Wicked that has recently extended its run. Harriet has proved herself very successful actress with her role in The Brittas Empire and also with her recent role in theatre version of Sweeney Todd where she played the part of Mrs. Lovett next to Jason Donovan. She has worked with a number of remarkable names: Richard Eyre, David Hare, Peter Gill, Michael Attenborough to name just a few. She has also appeared in numerous movies, including wonderful Calendar Girls where she was the head of W.I.

Harriet Thorpe will start performing in Wicked from 14th of April.

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