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Aaron Sidwell will play Fiyero on the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Wicked across all dates in 2018.

Sidwell, who is currently playing Steven Beale in the BBC's EastEnders, has previously appeared in Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), American Idiot (Arts Theatre, London) and as the leading role of ‘Michael Dork' in Loserville The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse and in the West End). Further casting for the tour is to be announced.

A three-time winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best West End Show and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award, Wicked previously toured from 2013 to 2015, with an international tour from 2016 visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing.

The 2018 tour will visit Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff, and Manchester until early 2019.

Wicked is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. It has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney's Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

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The Wicked UK and Ireland tour opens at Bristol Hippodrome on 31 January 2018 and runs until 5 January 2019.