Ben Freeman, Louise Plowright, Sam Lupton, Hayley Gallivan and Lucy Van Gasse to join West End Wicked on 29 October 2012
Original cast member Katie Rowley Jones returns to play 'nessarose'
Wicked, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Sam Lupton (Boq), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all join the London cast from Monday 29 October 2012, together with Katie Rowley Jones who will return to star as Nessarose, the role she originated in 2006.
They will join the previously announced Louise Dearman, who will rejoin the cast to star as Elphaba having played Glinda to huge acclaim, as well as Gina Beck, Keith Bartlett and Christopher Howell, who will continue in their current starring roles as Glinda, The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond respectively.
From Monday 29 October 2012, Wicked will star: Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba), Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda), Florence Andrews, Gemma Atkins, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Chlöe Hart, Jacqueline Hughes, Robert Jones, Sophie Linder Lee, Tania Mathurin, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Tom Muggeridge, Sean Parkins, Michelle Pentecost, Stuart Ramsay, Lindsay Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner, Oliver Watton and Jason Winter.
The multi award-winning Wicked has already been seen by over 4.5 million people since its West End premiere in 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It is now one of the Top 20 longest-running musicals in West End history.
Wicked has music and lyrics by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the 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 Pictures Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
UK Executive Producer: Michael McCabe.
Ben Freeman (Fiyero) is best known as 'Scott Windsor' in Emmerdale, a character he played for almost 10 years from 1998. Prior to Emmerdale, he starred for 4 years as 'Chris Longworth' in Grange Hill. Ben attended the Redroofs Theatre School and made his stage debut aged 13 as ‘Friedrich’ in The Sound of Music, starring Christopher Cazenove, on national tour. His starring roles in the West End include 'Warner Huntington III' in Legally Blonde and 'Norman' in Dreamboats and Petticoats (also on national tour). His other recent theatre roles include ‘George’ in Same Time, Next Year (Jersey Arts Centre) and ‘Callum’ in the national tour of The Chosen Ones. His presenting credits include Wake Up in the Wild Room and Smash Hits Roadshow for the Disney Channel.
Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible) created the role of 'Tanya' in the original London production of Mamma Mia!, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Louise then went on to play the lead role of 'Donna' for 4 years. Her most recent theatre roles have included 'Aunt Eller' in Oklahoma! and 'Maggie Jones' in 42nd Street, both at Chichester Festival Theatre; and 'Baroness Bomburst' in the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. On television, her major roles have included: hairdresser 'Julie Cooper' in Eastenders, from 1989 to 1990, 'Linda Harvey' in Kay Mellor's Families; and 'Michelle Thorn' in Footballers' Wives: Extra Time.
Sam Lupton (Boq) has recently finished playing the lead roles of ‘Princeton/Rod’ in the UK tour of Avenue Q. His other theatre credits include: ‘Greg’ in Single Sex and ‘Gena Hamlet’ in Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); ‘Harry’ in Love On The Dole and ‘Young Collector/Sailor’ in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octagon). He also appeared in the TMA award-wining production of The Hired Man (Bolton Octagon). Sam will make his West End debut in Wicked.
Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) returns to Wicked having originated the role of ‘Nessarose’ at the Apollo Victoria Theatre back in 2006, starring alongside Idina Menzel, Adam Garcia, Miriam Margolyes and Nigel Planer. She created the role of ‘Sister Mary Roberts’ in Sister Act at the London Palladium and played ‘Belle’ in the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Her many other roles have included: ‘Janet’ in the 30th Anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show; ‘Sandy’ in Grease and ‘Swallow’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind.
Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) played ‘Martha’ in the London premiere of the award-winning musical Spring Awakening at the Lyric Hammersmith and in the West End at the Novello Theatre. She also starred as ‘Olive Ostrovsky’ in The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Donmar, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and as ‘Jan’ in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. Hayley is currently appearing in Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre Regents Park.
Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) most recently starred as ‘Eileen’ opposite Connie Fisher in the national tour of Wonderful Town, directed by Braham Murray and conducted by Sir Mark Elder. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University (where she was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Award for Outstanding Performance). She made her West End debut in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, in which she covered and played the role of ‘Christine Daaé’. Lucy also performed as part of the internationally acclaimed classical group ‘Amici Forever’ in the UK and abroad.