Wicked: Plowright withdraws ill - Thorpe takes over

Louise Plowright has withdrawn as ‘Madame Morrible’ in Wicked, due to ill health. Harriet Thorpe will return to the role from 22 April 2013.

Harriet Thorpe previously played ‘Madame Morrible’ from April 2008 until March 2010. Harriet most recently starred as ‘Frauline Kost’ in Rufus Norris’s production of Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre, a role she previously played at the Lyric Theatre in 2006. She also starred in Crazy For You at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park and at the Novello Theatre and played Tanya in Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Her tv credits includes multiple episodes of French & Saunders; Murder Most Horrid; The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle and she has played the role of ‘Fleur’ in Absolutely Fabulous since 1992. Also on television, Harriet starred in all 52 episodes of the the comedy series The Brittas Empire as Receptionist ‘Carole’.

The cast to 16 Nov 2013 includes Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard ), Katie Rowley Jones ( Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) , Sam Lupton (Boq), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible,from 22 April).

Wicked, opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep, and has since been seen by over 5 million people.

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.

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.

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