Joining the cast of the West End production of Wicked from Monday 23 July 2018 will be Chris Jarman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Doctor Dillamond and current cast member Rosa O’Reilly who takes over the role of Nessarose. They join the previously announced David Witts as Fiyero, together with Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie and Maria Coyne (Standby for Glinda) who all continue in their current roles.
Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and original cast member Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond) will all play their final performances on Saturday 21 July 2018.
The full new cast from Monday 23 July 2018 is confirmed as: Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), David Witts (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Chris Jarman (Doctor Dillamond), Rosa O’Reilly (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie and Maria Coyne (Standby for Glinda), Jennie Abbotts, Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Nicole Carlisle, Conor Crown, Jonathan David Dudley, Lewis Easter, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, André Fabien Francis, Chris George, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Maggie Lynne, Carl Man, Rhidian Marc, James McHugh, Ellie Mitchell, Sam Robinson, Scott Sutcliffe, Genevieve Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Libby Watts, Bryony Whitfield, Chiarina Woodall and Tom Woollaston.
Wicked is also presently on a year-long tour of the UK and Ireland and, having already broken Box Office records in Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, is currently playing at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 9 June 2018. The tour will subsequently visit Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and, for Christmas 2018/19, a final return to the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
Wicked has music and lyrics Stephen Schwartz and is based on the best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton) and Stephen Oremus (Disney’s Frozen). Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by Joe Mantello.
David Witts (Fiyero) starred as Joey Branning in EastEnders, for which he won Best Newcomer at the 2013 National Television Awards. He also won an Inside Soap Award and was nominated for a British Soap Award. For American television, he has recently been a series regular in Recovery Road (for ABC/Freeform) and I Ship It (for the CW Network). He also completed filming An Unpleasant Surprise and Pride and Prejudice, Cut. On stage, he starred as Link Larkin in Hairspray at Leicester Curve Theatre. David trained at the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre.
Chris Jarman (Doctor Dillamond) most recently played Hagrid and the Sorting Hat in the original London cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. His other West End credits include The General in the original cast of The Book of Mormon and Shank in the original cast of Sister Act The Musical. For the National Theatre he appeared in The Comedy of Errors and his many appearances with the RSC include The Merchant of Venice. Jarman is also the voice of the mysterious villain The Mechanic in ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go.
Rosa O’Reilly (Nessarose) originally joined the London cast of Wicked in August 2016 and has already played the role of Nessarose on many occasions. Prior to Wicked, O’Reilly’s other credits included Soul Girl in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing (West End and UK tour).