New cast announced for Wicked
The new cast will take over on 24 July 2017
Casting has been announced for the West End production of Wicked, which is now in its 11th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Fearn joined the production as standby Elphaba last year and now takes on the role full time. Her other credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Les Miserables. Evans shot to fame on the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow and went on to star in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
Further new additions to the cast include Bradley Jaden (Les Miserables, Wicked UK tour) as Fiyero, Melanie La Barrie (Matilda, Les Miserables) as Madame Morrible, Andy Hockley (The Phantom of the Opera) as The Wizard, Jack Lansbury (West End debut) as Boq and Laura Pick (The Sound of Music) as standby Elphaba.
They join current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (standby Glinda).
Willemijn Verkaik, Suzie Mathers, Oliver Savile, Sue Kelvin, Mark Curry and Idriss Kargbo will all play their final performances on Saturday 22 July 2017.
The company also includes: Jennie Abbotts, Ashley Birchall, Nicole Carlisle, Nicholas Corre, Conor Crown, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, Joseph Fletcher, Alexandra Grierson, Katy Hanna, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Olivia Kate Holding, Claudia Kariuki, Will Lucas, James McHugh, Danny Michaels, Ellie Mitchell, Rosa O'Reilly, Matt Parsons, Alex Pinder, Sam Robinson, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker, Sasha Wareham and Libby Watts.
The show will also embark on a new UK and Ireland tour from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.
Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire which re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely friendship between Glinda The Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, and features the songs "Defying Gravity", "Popular" and "The Wizard and I".
Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until 26 May 2018.
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