Tuesday 07 August 2012 10:00:00 GMT
NEW CAST ANNOUNCED FROM 29 OCTOBER 2012
BEN FREEMAN, LOUISE PLOWRIGHT, SAM LUPTON, HAYLEY GALLIVAN and LUCY VAN GASSE TO JOIN WEST END WICKED ON 29 OCTOBER 2012 ORIGINAL CAST MEMBER KATIE ROWLEY JONES RETURNS TO PLAY 'NESSAROSE'
We couldn't be happier to announce that Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Sam Lupton (Boq), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all join the Wicked London cast from Monday 29 October 2012, together with Katie Rowley Jones who will return to star as Nessarose... the role she originated in 2006!
The new cast members will join the previously announced Louise Dearman, who will rejoin the cast to star as Elphaba having played Glinda to huge acclaim, as well as Gina Beck, Keith Bartlett and Christopher Howell, who will continue in their current starring roles as Glinda, The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond
From Monday 29 October 2012, Wicked will star: Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba), Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda), Florence Andrews, Gemma Atkins, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Chlöe Hart, Jacqueline Hughes, Robert Jones, Sophie Linder Lee, Tania Mathurin, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Tom Muggeridge, Sean Parkins, Michelle Pentecost, Stuart Ramsay, Lindsay Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner, Oliver Watton and Jason Winter
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