Dianne Pilkington Glinda in Wicked from 16 July

Dianne Pilkington ‘Glinda’ in Wicked from 16 July

Dianne Pilkington is to take over the role of ‘Glinda’ in WICKED from 16 July 2007 at Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Helen Dallimore will play her final performance as ‘Glinda’ on Saturday 14 July 2007. Helen has been invited to star as ‘Glinda’ in the 2008 Australian premiere production of WICKED.

Dianne Pilkington's London stage credits include: "The Far Pavilions" at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2005; "Tonight’s the Night" at the Victoria Palace in 2003; "Taboo" at the Venue in 2002; "Tess of The D'Urbervilles"" at the Savoy in 1999

WICKED opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep - to reasonable notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations. Wicked works like a dream."THE INDEPENDENT says, "I enjoyed very little. " THE GUARDIAN says, "Efficient, knowing and highly professional but more like a piece of industrial product than something that genuinely touches the heart or mind." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Witty, enjoyable" THE TIMES says, "Songs bang out, along with iffy lyrics and not-so-witty dialogue."

The cast currently includes: Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Adam Garcia (Fiyero), Miriam Margolyes (Madame Morrible, from 2 April Susie Blake takes over), Nigel Planer (The Wizard), Helen Dallimore (Glinda, from 16 July Dianne Pilkington takes over)

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman.

It is directed by Joe Mantello, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by Joe Mantello.

Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, feisty and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very, very popular. WICKED is the story of these two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

WICKED is currently booking to 29 March 2008

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