WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has released the first pictures of Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard) and Jack Lansbury (Boq) who will lead the new London cast from 24 July 2017, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond) and Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose).
Alice Fearn (Elphaba) originally joined the London production of WICKED in 2016 and now takes over the leading role of ‘Elphaba’. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Shrek The Musical; as ‘Rapunzel’ Into The Woods Les Misérables The Woman In White.
Sophie Evans (Glinda) was the acclaimed runner-up in the BBC talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’ and subsequently played ‘Dorothy Gale’ in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
Bradley Jaden (Fiyero) most recently starred as ‘Fiyero’ on the international tour of WICKED. He previously starred as ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre; Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible) was most recently part of the acclaimed Everyman Company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Her West End roles have included ‘Mrs. Phelps’ in the original cast of Matilda, ‘Madame Thénardier’ in Les Misérables and ‘Mrs. Corry’ in the original cast of Mary Poppins; Andy Hockley (The Wizard) has enjoyed a long association with The Phantom of the Opera, playing ‘Monsieur Firmin’ at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as on the UK & Ireland Tour for over 1000 performances. He most recently played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse and on the UK & Ireland Tour; Jack Lansbury (Boq) is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and will be making his West End debut in WICKED; Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) appeared in The Sound of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, covering and playing ‘Maria von Trapp’. Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah
McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda) all continue in their current roles.
Acclaimed as “a thrilling theatrical experience with brains, heart and courage” (Metro), WICKED is now in its 11th smash hit year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history . The “hugely popular show” ( The Times) is a three-time winner of the theatregoer -voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award.
While continuing its open-ended London run, the spectacular and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production returns from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.
Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines 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 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.
Photos by Matt Crocket