Monday, 6 October 2014

EMMA HATTON to star as Elphaba in London production of WICKED from Monday 2nd February 2015

WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that Emma Hatton will star as Elphaba from Monday 2 February 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Currently the Standby ElphabaEmma Hatton will replace international Wicked star Jennifer DiNoia, who is soon to play a special limited engagement as Elphaba from 27 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. Current star Kerry Ellis plays her final performance as Elphaba on Saturday 25 October 2014. Savannah Stevenson continues throughout in her acclaimed starring role as Glinda.

Acclaimed as one of the most popular West End musicals ever (Evening Standard), the London production of the global musical phenomenon is the 10th longest running show in the West End. Now in its 9th year, Wicked recently surpassed the 3357-performance run of the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar to become the 13th longest running musical in West End theatre history. 

While continuing its open-ended London run, a spectacular UK touring production is now playing until July 2015 (and is currently at the Liverpool Empire Theatre until 11 October 2014 and opens at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on 21 October 2014).

Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by over 42 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than a decade at the Gershwin Theatre.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously 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 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.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe MantelloWicked is based on the international best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK): Michael McCabe.
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