Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked in January 2017

Wicked London_Willemijn Verkaik_Photo by Matt Crockett

Willemijn Verkaik returns to the London production of Wicked in January. Picture: Matt Crockett

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) and Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) will return to the London production of Wicked from 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as Nessarose on the same date.

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) has previously played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany (and she can be heard on the original German cast recording), at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. She returns to the Apollo Victoria Theatre as part of the production’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations.

Verkaik recently starred as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany and provided the singing voice of Elsa in the Dutch and German language versions of Disney’s Academy Award-winning film Frozen.

Her many other starring roles include Donna in Mamma Mia! in Germany; Paulina in Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in London; Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in Germany and the title role in the musical Elisabeth in Switzerland. She has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the UK.

Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler… and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include Rita in Barmitzvah Boy and Louise in Private Lives.

Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) recently played Peron’s Mistress in Evita (Dominion Theatre, also UK and European tours) and Sue Snell in the musical Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).

From Monday 30 January 2017, Wicked will star Willemijn Verkaik, (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

The multi award-winning London production will celebrate its landmark 10th birthday at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on Tuesday 27 September 2016 and is already the eighth longest-running show currently playing in the West End. Around the worldWicked has now been seen by 50 million people in 14 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by Joe Mantello.

Through its For Good programme and other charitable endeavours, Wicked is proud to support the remarkable work of the following UK charities: Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA); the Cybersmile Foundation; the Helen Bamber Foundation; the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity; Stonewall’s ‘Education For All’ campaign; The Woodland Trust and the National Literacy Trust. Further information can be found at www.WickedForGood.co.uk.

Tickets for Wicked are available HERE.


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