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Wicked - Harriet Thorpe returns as Madame Morrible

Harriet Thorpe. Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Casting news

HARRIET Thorpe is returning to the role of Madame Morrible in the hit musical Wicked – from Monday, April 22 until Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Thorpe, who previously played Madame Morrible to enormous acclaim from April 2008 until March 2010, replaces Louise Plowright, who has withdrawn from the role due to ill health.

Harriet Thorpe has enjoyed a long-standing association with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, appearing in multiple episodes of French and Saunders, Murder Most Horrid, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle as well as playing the role of Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous since 1992.

Her other television credits include all 52 episodes of the hugely popular comedy series The Brittas Empire, in which she played Receptionist Carole.

On stage, she was most recently seen as Frauline Kost in Rufus Norris’s acclaimed production of Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre, a role she previously played at the Lyric Theatre in 2006. She also starred in Crazy For You (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park/Novello Theatre) and played Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Wicked currently stars Louise Dearman (as Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda). Cast is subject to change from November 18, 2013.

Seen by over five million people and recently acclaimed as “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (Evening Standard), the Olivier Award-winning London production is already the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time. While continuing its open-ended run at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre (where tickets are currently on sale until April 26, 2014) a major new production will tour the UK and Ireland, opening at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in September 2013.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students, whose extraordinary adventures in Oz ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.