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Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked in London from 30 January 2017
Willemijn Verkaik and Sue Kelvin return to the West End production.
It has been announced that Willemijn Verkaik will return to the West End production of Wicked in the role of ‘Elphaba’ at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre from 30 January 2017. She will be joined by Sue Kelvin who also returns in the role of ‘Madame Morrible’ and Sarah McNicholas who will join the cast as ‘Nessarose’.
Verkaik has previously played ‘Elphaba’ on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany and at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. Other credits include ‘Kala’ in Disney’s Tarzan in Stuttgart, ‘Donna’ in Mamma Mia! in Germany; ‘Paulina’ in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in London; ‘Amneris’ in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in Germany and the title role in the musical Elisabeth in Switzerland.
Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler... and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include ‘Rita’ in Barmitzvah Boy and ‘Louise’ in Private Lives.
Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) recently played ‘Peron’s Mistress’ in Evita (Dominion Theatre, also UK & European Tours) and ‘Sue Snell’ in the musical Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).
From Monday 30 January 2017, Wicked will star Willemijn Verkaik, (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by Joe Mantello.
The show celebrates its 10th Anniversary in the West End on Tuesday 27 September 2016 and is already the 8th longest-running show currently playing in West End.