Actor Steven Pinder, who is currently appearing in the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked, will join the London production as Doctor Dillamond from Monday 10 August until Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs will play his final performance on Saturday 8 August.
Steven Pinder is best remembered as Max Farnham in Phil Redmond’s Brookside, a role he played from 1990 until the final episode in 2003. His has worked extensively in theatre and television and joined the UK tour of Wicked in September 2014.
Wicked recently won the 2015 This Morning Audience Award, presented by the Olivier Awards. The coveted Audience Award is the only Olivier Award that is voted for by the theatregoing public. Wicked previously won the Olivier Audience Award in 2010.
The musical is now the tenth longest-running show in the West End and has been seen by more than 6.5 million people in London alone and played over 3,500 performances.
The UK and Ireland tour, which has already been seen by over one million people, will play its final performance at The Lowry in Salford on 25 July 2015.The London production stars Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Philip Childs until 8 August and Steven Pinder from 10 August (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (standby for Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (standby for Glinda). Cast subject to change from Monday 21 September 2015.
Based on the international best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the 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.
Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire.