The touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked will make a return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities.
A success at venues across the world, the tour played its last UK dates at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in July 2016 before embarking on an international leg of the tour which began in Singapore.
Currently playing in Hong Kong before moving on to Manila, Shanghai and Beijing, the show returns to these shores in February 2018.
The production will play the Bristol Hippodrome from 5 February until 3 March 2018 followed by the Liverpool Empire (7-31 March); Birmingham Hippodrome (4-29 April); Edinburgh Playhouse (8 May- 9 June); Leeds Grand Theatre (13 June- 7 July); Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (17 July-26 August); Sunderland Empire (4-29 September); Southampton Mayflower Theatre (3-27 October); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (31 October-24 November) and Palace Theatre, Manchester (4 December-5 January 2019).
Starring Jacqueline Hughes as Elphaba and Carly Anderson as Glinda, the production features Bradley Jaden as Fiyero, Steven Pinder as The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond. Kim Ismay takes on the role of Madame Morrible; Iddon Jones plays Boq and Emily Shaw is Nessarose. Jodie Steele is the standby for Elphaba.
The full cast for the Wicked UK/international tour as announced last year also includes: Kyle Anthony, Joe Atkinson, Sam Brown, Hannah Cadec, Joel Cooper, Nicholas Corre, James Davies-Williams, Natasha Ferguson, Elizabeth Futter, Zoe George, Amy Goodwin, Alex Jordan-Mills, Stuart MacIver, Tom Mather, Stacey McGuire, Sara Morley, Emily Olive Boyd, Wendy-Lee Purdy, Dean Read, Paul Saunders, Elisha Sherman, Joshua St Clair and Hannah Veerapen.
Based on the bestseller by Gregory Maguire which took its inspiration from the creations of L. Frank Baum brought so vividly to life in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, the production continues its open-ended West End run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Already the 17th longest-running show in London theatre history, the production recently celebrated a decade of performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won more than 100 major awards (including three Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and two Olivier Audience Awards).
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy award winner Stephen Schwartz and was adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by double Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Wicked is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. The executive producer (UK/international tour) is Michael McCabe.