Rachel Tucker extends in Wicked The Musical

WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Rachel Tucker will continue in her acclaimed starring role as Elphaba into 2012. Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Nikki Davis-Jones (Standby Elphaba) and Chloe Taylor (Standby Glinda) are also all continuing in their roles.

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe commented: “Since first joining our cast in March 2010, Rachel has thrilled audiences and critics alike with her powerful and passionate performance as Elphaba. We are all absolutely thrilled that Rachel has now decided to continue leading the company with her extraordinary professionalism and great dedication to the role – we couldn’t be more proud of her success”.

Louise Dearman (Glinda), Mark Evans (Fiyero), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julian Forsyth (Dr Dillamond), Zoe Rainey (Nessarose) and Ben Stott (Boq) will all play their final performances on Saturday 10 December 2011.

WICKED recently celebrated its landmark 2000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. This “hugely popular musical” (The Times) has now been seen by almost 4 million people and grossed in excess of £135 million at the UK Box Office since its West End premiere in 2006.

Acclaimed as “the hit musical with brains, heart and courage” (The Sunday Telegraph) WICKED has won multiple awards including the 2010 Olivier Award for Most Popular Show and the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best West End Show in both 2011 and 2010.

WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello. WICKED is based on the novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked extended until Saturday, 27 October 2012

Wicked at Apollo Victoria theatre has extended its London run until Saturday, 27 October 2012.

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 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…

Winner of 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Most Popular Show’, the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and the 2010 Broadwayworld.com UK Award for ‘Best Long-Running West End Show’.

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Wicked Young Writer’s Award 2011

The smash hit West End musical WICKED is proud to announce the second year of its hugely successful WICKED Young Writers’ Award. The Award recognises excellence in writing, encourages creativity, and helps develop literacy and writing talent in young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years old.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire which re-imagined the characters and stories 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 the Wicked Witch of the West.

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For more information, visit: www.wickedyoungwriters.com

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.

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

Wicked New Cast Confirmed from 7 Feb 2011

WICKED, the smash hit musical at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre has announced its entire new company to begin performances on Monday 7 February 2011.

Joining the previously announced Mark Evans (Fiyero) are: Zoë Rainey (‘Amber Von Tussle’ in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre) as Nessarose, Ben Stott (‘Jack’ in Sondheim’s Into The Woods at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park) as Boq, and Chloe Taylor (WICKED, 2009) as Standby Glinda.

From 7 February 2011, WICKED will star Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Louise Dearman (Glinda), Mark Evans (Fiyero), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julian Forsyth (Dr Dillamond), Zoë Rainey (Nessarose), Ben Stott (Boq), Nikki Davis-Jones (Standby Elphaba), Chloe Taylor (Standby Glinda), Gemma Atkins, Alex Louize Bird, Andrew Bryant, Gareth Chart, Joe Colasanti, Nicholas Collier, Aileen Donohoe, Emma Green, Antony Hansen, Jacqueline Hughes, Daniel Jones, Jasmine Kerr, Sophie Linder-Lee, Saori Oda, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, Paul Saunders, Charlotte Scott, Niall Sheehy, Tommy Sherlock, Thomas Sutcliffe, Sam Taylor, Jennifer Tierney, Hannah Toy and Matt Turner.

Show 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.

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 Young Writers’ Award

The smash hit West End musical WICKED launches a new educational award today (Monday 22 February 2010) to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and help develop writing talent in young people nationwide. Spearheaded by bestselling author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the WICKED Young Writers’ Award is the first of its kind to seek entries from young writers between 5 and 25 years old across all backgrounds and areas of the UK.

Michael Morpurgo will be joined on the judging panel by Gregory Maguire, author of the acclaimed novel that inspired the musical that re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Michael Morpurgo said: ‘I hope the award will bring the passion and energy of WICKED’s amazing theatrical show and its ability to reach across age-ranges and backgrounds, to young people and their writing. With the encouragement of their teachers and families and the excitement of this kind of challenge, we will see original and creative writing coming through from children of all backgrounds and abilities. Let’s hope that many, many young people will be encouraged to begin their own storytelling journeys’.

Entries for the WICKED Young Writers’ Award will be sought from children across the UK and Northern Ireland who will then be separated into four categories in between the ages of 5-16: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. An individual Gregory Maguire Award for 17-25 year-olds will encourage writing that, in the same style as Gregory Maguire’s WICKED novels, takes a well-known story and examines it from a different perspective.

Young people can enter pieces either written at home or at school on a theme or subject of their choice. Schools will be encouraged to enter writing on behalf of their pupils through an online Teachers’ Resource and schools’ entry form. Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED, said in a statement: ‘Through sponsorship of a Young Writers’ Award, I am extremely keen to be able to link the production’s important messages of tolerance and unprejudiced thinking with a competition designed to stir the imaginations of young people across the country’

Twenty winners will be chosen from every category, with one overall winner then selected from each. All of the winners will be invited to a special autumn ceremony held at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where WICKED is currently being performed. Each of the winning entries will then be published in an anthology celebrating the 2010 WICKED Young Writers’ Award. An overall winner from each of the categories will win tickets to see WICKED with their family and a writing master-class from one of the esteemed judges. The two schools that encourage the most entries will win books for their respective libraries. The final date for entries is Saturday 31 July 2010.

Schools and individuals can download entry forms and find tips on entering the WICKED Young Writers’ Award at www.wickedyoungwriters.com

The Hit Musical ‘Wicked’ has extended its London run until 30 April 2011

Smash Hit Musical WICKED has announced the launch of its ninth new booking period, with all performances until Saturday 30 April 2011 now on sale.

They have also announced a series of extra matinee performances on the following dates: 18 February, 28 October, 20 December, 22 December, 23 December, 24 December, 28 December, 29 December and 31 December 2010, all at 2.30pm.

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.

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

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Lee Mead will be new ‘FIYERO’ in Wicked from 10 May 2010

The Smash-hit musical WICKED has announced that Lee Mead is to play Fiyero at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 10 May 2010.

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.

WICKED currently stars Alexia Khadime as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible and Sam Kelly as The Wizard.

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