Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked from 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre.
Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq) and Jemma Alexander (Standby Elphaba) will all play their final performances on 6 September at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Nikki Davis-Jones will join the London production from Monday 27 October 2014.
Emily Tierney (Glinda), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible) and Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) all continue in their current starring roles.
Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba) has enjoyed a long association with the West End production of Wicked having originally joined the ensemble in 2007. She subsequently became Standby Elphaba and has continued to act in this capacity at various times, playing Elphaba on numerous occasions. Credits include creating the role of Lorraine Campbell in the world premiere of the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed a Dream, touring across the UK and Ireland. She subsequently appeared with Susan Boyle in her concert tour. Other theatre appearances include Cool Rider, Myths and Hymns, Betwixt, Grease (UK tour) and The Secret Garden (UK tour).
Samuel Edwards (Fiyero) is currently appearing in the London production of Wicked. His other theatre appearances include Ghost the Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park).
Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond) played Max Farnham in Brookside (Channel 4) from 1990 until its final episode in 2003. Musical theatre appearances include Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (UK tour).
Richard Vincent (Boq) has credits including Grease (UK Tour), State Fair (Trafalgar Studios) and High School Musical (UK tour).
Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) is currently appearing in the London production of Wicked. She first joined the production in 2011.
The tour is currently at Leeds Grand Theatre (until 5 July 2014) and continues to Birmingham Hippodrome (9 July to 6 September 2014); Liverpool Empire Theatre (16 September to 11 October 2014); Southampton Mayflower Theatre (21 October to 15 November 2014); Edinburgh Playhouse (19 November 2014 to 10 January 2015); Plymouth Theatre Royal (20 January to 14 February 2015); Bristol Hippodrome (18 February to 21 March 2015); Sunderland Empire Theatre (31 March to 25 April 2015); Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (5 to 30 May 2015) and concludes at The Lowry in Salford (3 June to 25 July 2015). The tour has already broken box office records across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. The musical is based on the international best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.
Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.