First look images of the new West End cast of Wicked have been released ahead of their first performances next month.
Lucie Jones will take on the role of Elphaba. Lucie first rose to fame as a finalist on ITV’s The X Factor in 2009 and has gone on to star in roles such as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Maureen in RENT, Molly in Ghost as well as representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. Most recently, she has headlined the West End and UK tour of Waitress and also appeared as Fantine in Les Misérables: The Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre.
West End trooper Gary Wilmot will play the Wizard. His forty year career includes stellar performances in Anything Goes, The Prince of Egypt, Me and My Girl, Carmen Jones, and legendary performances in pantomime including London Palladium production’s of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dick Whittington, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pantoland.
West End favourite Sophie-Louise Dann is set to play Madame Morrible. A two-time Olivier award nominee Dann‘s many theatre credits include Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls; Bend it Like Beckham; Made in Dagenham; and, most recently, ‘Fergie’ in The Windsors: Endgame.
Sophie-Louise has appeared extensively at theatres and concert halls across the UK, including as ‘Madame Thénardier’ in the UK & Ireland Tour of Les Misérables, ‘Mrs. Lovett’ in Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and ‘Widow Corney’ in Oliver! (Grange Park Opera). In Paris, she played ‘Dot’ opposite Julian Ovenden in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (Théâtre du Châtelet).
Ryan Reid will play Fiyero. Ryan trained at ArtsEd, graduating in 2013. He was in the original London cast of Dreamgirls, directed by Casey Nicholaw, subsequently taking over the leading role of ‘Curtis Taylor, Jr.’. Ryan’s other credits include ‘Marvin’ in Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre; the original UK Tour of Shrek The Musical and Blues In The Night at the Hackney Empire.
They will join Helen Woolf, who returns from maternity leave to continue her acclaimed performance as Glinda, Carina Gillespie (Nessarose), Nicholas McLean (Boq), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Amy Webb (Standby for Elphaba) and Charli Baptie (Standby for Glinda), who all continue in their starring roles.
Currently the 9th longest running West End musical of all time and the 5th longest West End musical currently playing, the fan favourite musical is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre London through November 2022.
Wicked is booking until 27 November 2022 at the Victoria Apollo Theatre, London.