Lucie Jones will lead the new London cast of Wicked from 1 February 2022. Joining Lucie will be Ryan Reid as Fiyero, Sophie-Louise Dann as Madame Morrible and Gary Wilmot as the Wizard.
Wicked, which continues at the West End’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, will see Helen Woolf who returns from maternity leave as Glinda and 17 current cast members who will continue in the show.
Executive producer (UK) Michael McCabe said:
‘We are thrilled the new cast of Wicked will be led by the sensational Lucie Jones, West End Dreamgirls star Ryan Reid as Fiyero, two-time Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann as Madame Morrible and Gary Wilmot as the Wizard.’
The show is the ninth longest-running musical in West End theatre history and has been seen by more than 10 million people in London alone. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L Frank Baum’s beloved characters from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
It reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The show has music and lyrics by multi-Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. It is written by Emmy and Tony Award nominee Winnie Holzman with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento and direction by two time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.
It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B Platt and David Stone. The London run has recently extended booking until Sunday 27 November 2022.
The complete new London cast from Tuesday 1 February 2022 will be: Lucie Jones (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Ryan Reid (Fiyero), Sophie-Louise Dann (Madame Morrible), Gary Wilmot (The Wizard), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose), Nicholas McLean (Boq), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Amy Webb (Standby for Elphaba), Charli Baptie* (Standby for Glinda), Yuki Abe, Kofi Aidoo-Appiah, Meg Astin, Alishia-Marie Blake, Pàje Campbell, Grace Chapman**, Michael Colbourne, Fergus Dale, Nolan Edwards, Nicola Espallardo, Danny Fogarty, Laura Harrison, Amie Hibbert, Lucie Horsfall, Samuel How, Christian Knight, Nick Len, Jasmine Leung, Rhidian Marc, PaddyJoe Martin, Jessica-Alice McCluskey, Stacey McGuire, Harry Mills, Lewis Newton, Natalie Spriggs, Samantha Thomas***, Joe Thompson-Oubari and James Titchener.
Lucie Jones (Elphaba) is an award-winning actor and solo artist. Born in the Welsh village of Pentyrch, Lucie first came to national prominence as a finalist in ITV’s The X Factor in 2009, mentored by Dannii Minogue. Alongside her fellow contestants, she also featured in a 56-date sell-out national arena tour, The X-Factor Live, and recorded the number-one selling single You Are Not Alone. Lucie is starring until 27 November 2021 as ‘Jenna Hunterson’ in the UK Tour of the musical Waitress, a role she previously played in the West End, where her celebrated performance won her three awards. Her acclaimed and prolific career has seen her perform all over the world in both concerts and musicals, including her 2010 West End debut as ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables. In 2017, Lucie was invited to take part in the live televised final of Eurovision: You Decide. After subsequently winning the public vote, she went on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, performing her song Never Give Up On You to a global audience of over 300 million people. Her acclaimed album, Lucie Jones – Live at the Adelphi, is available on CD and all streaming formats. Prior to joining Wicked, Lucie will be appearing in concert in Cardiff and London on 13 and 14 December respectively.
Ryan Reid (Fiyero) trained at ArtsEd, graduating in 2013. He was in the original London cast of Dreamgirls, directed by Casey Nicolaw, subsequently taking over the leading role of ‘Curtis Taylor, Jr.’. Ryan’s other credits include ‘Marvin’ in Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre; the original UK Tour of Shrek The Musical and Blues In The Night at the Hackney Empire.
Sophie-Louise Dann (Madame Morrible) is a two-time Olivier Award nominee. Her many starring roles in the West End include ‘Celia’ in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls; ‘Paula Paxton’ in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it Like Beckham; ‘Barbara Castle’ in Made in Dagenham, alongside Gemma Arterton, and, most recently, ‘Fergie’ in The Windsors: Endgame. She has appeared extensively at theatres and concert halls across the UK, including as ‘Madame Thénardier’ in the UK & Ireland Tour of Les Misérables, ‘Mrs Lovett’ in Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and ‘Widow Corney’ in Oliver! (Grange Park Opera). In Paris, she played ‘Dot’ opposite Julian Ovenden in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (Théâtre du Châtelet).
Gary Wilmot (The Wizard), the much-loved actor, singer, comedian, impressionist and presenter, first came to national prominence on the popular ITV show New Faces in 1978. Over the subsequent 40+ years, his prolific career has encompassed hundreds of television appearances, with shows including Cue Gary! (ITV), Saturday Gang (LWT), Copy Cats (LWT) and the spectacular Showstoppers (BBC1), and multiple stage roles, including his acclaimed West End debut in 1989 as ‘Bill Snibson’ in Me and My Girl, ‘Joe’ in Simon Callow’s production of Carmen Jones (The Old Vic) and, most recently, ‘Jethro’ in The Prince of Egypt and ‘Elisha Whitney’ in Anything Goes. His now legendary performances in pantomime at the London Palladium include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dick Whittington, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pantoland. He has appeared on the Royal Variety Performance, been the subject of This Is Your Life (1986) and received an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Drama and Charity.