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Louise Dearman to make Wicked history

Wicked, Louise Dearman

Story by Jack Foley

LOUISE Dearman will make history this autumn when she takes over the role of green-skinned Elphaba in Wicked, having previously played Glinda in the West End production.

In doing so, Dearman will become the first actress to play both starring roles in the nearly decade-long history of the Broadway-import musical.

Announcing the news, Dearman said: “As an actress, you strive to challenge yourself to play as many diverse roles as possible throughout your career, and right now I feel like the luckiest girl in the history of musical theatre.

“I still can’t quite believe that in two months’ time I’ll be back in Wicked, but this time I won’t come and go by Bubble, I’ll be on a broomstick!”

Michael McCabe, UK executive producer, added: “From her wonderful performance as Glinda, audiences already know that Louise possesses a stunning voice and remarkable acting abilities, so we are genuinely excited to now welcome her back to Wicked as Elphaba.

“We have all been awestruck by the way Louise has channelled her incredible talents to inhabit this iconic role, and I’ve no doubt that audiences will be equally thrilled.”

Dearman will begin her stint as Elphaba at the West End’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from October 29, 2012.

She has also recently released a new album, Here Comes The Sun.

Read our interview with Louise Dearman