First look at Kerry Ellis in The Importance of Being Earnest

The ”Wicked” star is taking on her first non-singing role

Images have been released of Kerry Ellis and the cast of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which embarks on a UK tour in January.

Wicked star Ellis plays Gwendolen in her first non-singing role alongside Gwen Taylor as Lady Bracknell and Susan Penhaligon as Miss Prism.

Directed by Alastair Whatley, with design by Gabriella Slade, the company also features Hannah Louise Howell (alternate Gwendolen), Geoff Aymer (Chasuble), Louise Coulthard (Cecily), Thomas Howes (Algernon), Peter Sandys-Clarke (Jack) and Simon Shackleton (Lane/Merriman).

Ellis is best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked. Her other theatre credits include originating the role of Meat in Queen's We Will Rock You, Murder Ballad, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and Cats.

The Importance of Being Earnest is currently touring to Hereford, Plymouth, Belfast, Bath, Winchester, Manchester, Salisbury, Lichfield, Bromley, Cambridge, York and Eastbourne.