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Tuesday 16 April 2013 14:00:00 GMT

HARRIET THORPE RETURNS TO PLAY 'MADAME MORRIBLE' IN HIT WEST END MUSICAL WICKED FROM 22 APRIL - 16 NOVEMBER 2013


WICKED, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomes back Harriet Thorpe to the role of 'Madame Morrible' from Monday 22 April until Saturday 16 November 2013. Louise Plowright has withdrawn from the role due to ill health and the entire company wish her a full and speedy recovery.

Harriet Thorpe previously played 'Madame Morrible' to enormous acclaim from April 2008 until March 2010. She has enjoyed a long-standing association with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, appearing in 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 hugely popular comedy series The Brittas Empire as Receptionist 'Carole'. On stage, Harriet most recently starred as 'Frauline Kost' in Rufus Norris's acclaimed 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.

Wicked currently stars Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible from 22 April 2013), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda). Cast subject to change from 18 November 2013.

Seen by over 5 million people and recently acclaimed as "one of the most popular West End musicals ever" (Evening Standard), the Olivier Award-winning London production of the global musical phenomenon is already the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time. While continuing its open-ended run at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre (where tickets are currently on sale until 26 April 2014) a major new production will tour the UK and Ireland, opening at Manchester's Palace Theatre in September 2013.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Reviews


"ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WEST END MUSICALS EVER."

London Evening Standard, February 2013

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"THIS TALE OF TWO WITCHES IS

SO MAGICAL IT DEFIES BELIEF.

Wicked is amazing. Absolutely amazing."
Leslie Ann Horgan, Daily Mail

"ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S STRONGEST AND MOST ENDURINGLY POPULAR SHOWS.

Enlightening, hilarious, heartbreaking and suitably magical - if you haven't yet, we recommend you rush to see Wicked."
Rosie Reeves, Harper's Bazaar, May 2014
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"THE SWEET SPELL OF SUCCESS."

Oliver Stallwood, Metro
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"A TRULY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

The reasons for Wicked's staying power are simple: a universal story with real depth, characters that break your heart, a book with more wit and easy charm than much of theatreland put together - and irresistibly memorable songs."
Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy, December 2013
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"This prequel to The Wizard Of Oz brilliantly tells the back story of the two women who became the good and bad witches.
Set to a tuneful score by Stephen Schwartz and featuring the most eye-poppingly lavish sets in town,

HERE IS A STORY THAT SPEAKS TO ANYONE WHO HAS EVER HAD,
LOST OR BETRAYED A FRIENDSHIP, WHICH IS ALL OF US."

Mark Shenton, The Express, December 2013

"WICKED WILL ENTRANCE EVERY GENERATION IN WONDER, WIT AND SUSPENSE."

Erika Scarth, Time Out

"A WICKED AND WONDERFUL VISION OF OZ.

A remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations - Wicked works like a dream."
Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard
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"ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS I’VE SEEN AND A GREAT ESCAPE FROM REALITY.

Even if musicals aren’t your thing, see it. You won’t be disappointed - it’s magic!"
Caroline Waterston, Sunday Mirror, July 2013

"A WIZARD HIT!

You get a lot of bang for your buck - expense has not been spared on sets, costumes, prosthetic make-up and masks, while the dance routines and flying sequences are spectacular. But the visual extravaganza would be nothing without the subtler pleasures to be derived from the clever and rather cheeky way Wicked links arms with the classic Wizard of Oz story."
Jasper Rees, The Sunday Times

"A MAJOR HIT WITH AUDIENCES AND CRITICS ALIKE."

Brenda Emmanus, BBC London News

"Packed with shocks, sorcery, special effects and incredible costumes,

WICKED IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR A SPELLBINDING NIGHT OUT."

Daily Mail

"THERE IS NO SHOW IN LONDON THAT QUITE MATCHES
THE WIT, WONDER AND MAGIC OF WICKED.

With a great story, powerful songs and a visually stunning production, this incredible show is SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE."
Lynn Parsons, Smooth Radio

"It is the strength of its storytelling, composition and production values that have made Wicked

THE BEST NEW MUSICAL OF ITS TIME."

Sara Keating, The Irish Times

"It's exhilarating to see hefty themes tackled in

A BARNSTORMING PIECE OF POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT."

Time Out, 2011
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"More than just a great night at the theatre, Wicked is

AN INCREDIBLE AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE."

Steve Allen, LBC 97.3 FM

"Packed with wit, storming songs and beautiful costumes,

WICKED IS AN ABSOLUTE BLAST."

Colin Campbell, The Guardian

"THE HIT MUSICAL WITH BRAINS, HEART AND COURAGE."

Ruth Caven, The Sunday Telegraph
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"IT'S NOT JUST WICKED, IT'S AWESOME!

Full of suspense, surprises and Harry Potter-style magic, Wicked is a spellbinding experience."
Paul Phear, Magic 105.4

"THIS BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL IS FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINING.

If you're looking for a spectacular production with all the trimmings, then Wicked is the obvious choice."
Amira Hashish, Evening Standard
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"IT'S WICKED!"

Nicola Christie, The Independent

"AN UNFORGETTABLE, ENCHANTING TRIUMPH
THAT DAZZLES THE SENSES AND TOUCHES THE HEART."

Lynn Parsons, Smooth Radio

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT, SOPHISTICATED COMEDY AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING DRAMA

- it is magnificent to see a musical that manages to be both populist and intelligent at the same time."
Tim Walker, The Sunday Telegraph, 2006
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"A BRILLIANT PRODUCTION."

Tim Walker, The Sunday Telegraph
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"ENTER ANOTHER WORLD AND PREPARE TO DISCOVER
A PARALLEL UNIVERSE TO THE WIZARD OF OZ.

You can hear a pin drop as the audience in a packed theatre is totally caught up in the fantastic story, and then the place erupts with laughter, cheering, applause and, at the curtain call, a thunderous standing ovation.

WICKED IS WONDERFUL."

Roger Foss, The Steve Allen Show, LBC 97.3

"ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND THRILLING MUSICALS IN WEST END HISTORY."

Birmingham Mail, 2011
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"By any yardstick (or broomstick),

WICKED IS A PHENOMENON."

Sky News, 2008
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"PREPARE TO BE SPELLBOUND!

London's top hit musical continues to dazzle and delight. Wicked remains one of the very best, most spectacular shows in the West End. Big hearted and courageous, it's a no-brainer - you must see Wicked! It's the sensation of theatreland."
Jamie Crick, Classic FM

"WICKED IS A PHENOMENON AND PHENOMENAL."

Mark Shenton, Sunday Express

"A HUGELY ENTERTAINING SHOW!"

Manchester Evening News, 2011
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"You certainly see where your money goes in this

FABULOUSLY STAGED, EMOTIONALLY CHARGED AND BRILLIANTLY WITTY MUSICAL.

If you are looking for value-for-money entertainment, Wicked is hard to beat."
Jo Russell, Absolute Radio

"A VISUALLY STUNNING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE THAT LINGERED LONG IN THE MEMORY."

Liverpool Echo, 2011
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"The award-winning Wicked provides the backstory of The Wizard of Oz – effectively the framing of the not-remotely-wicked Wicked Witch of the West. This sumptuous show brings new moral complexity to the unseen Dorothy's adventures on the Yellow Brick Road,

IT'S SUBTLE AND SUBVERSIVE – AND SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES."

Simon Edge, Daily Express

"Wicked combines spectacular visuals and production values with

AN INGENIOUS STORY, BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES AND GENUINE EMOTION."

Tim Lichfield, Absolute Radio

"WICKED IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC.

A brilliantly twisted take on The Wizard of Oz."
Natalie Jameson, BBC Radio 1

"A GREAT BIG LUSCIOUS BROADWAY EXTRAVAGANZA."

Liz Hoggard, Evening Standard 2007
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"ENCHANTING, BEWITCHING AND SPELLBINDING.

Wicked is a magical show."
Sam Carlisle, The Sun

"Based on the great novel by Gregory Maguire and with music and lyrics by the genius Stephen Schwartz,

WICKED IS SPELLBINDING."

Sandi Toksvig, The Sunday Telegraph

"THE MOST INCREDIBLE MUSICAL I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS.

An unbelievable show with a fantastic cast, amazing special effects and incredible costumes."
Phillip Schofield, This Morning, ITV1

"AN EYE-POPPINGLY LAVISH SHOW.

A musical about the casting of spells seems to have duly cast its own and hypnotises audiences who have embraced it as not so much a musical as an event. Joe Mantello's meticulous recreation of his Broadway production is a superbly staged exercise in crowd control and stage-craft with Cirque du Soleil-like production values. The result taps into a genuine public appetite for spectacle, art and heart."
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express

"PREPARE TO BE SPELLBOUND.

A magical masterpiece of musical theatre."
Becky Wicks, lastminute.com
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Wicked is everything a musical can be:

POIGNANT, SINCERE, FUNNY AND INSPIRING."

Gary Brackett, totallytheatre.com
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"THE BRILLANT WICKED IS A MUST-SEE."

Danny Pietroni, Magic 105.4

"THE BEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN IN THE WEST END.

Wicked is absolutely awesome."
Luke Smith, Capital FM