Wicked on tour - cast changes announced
ON Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Liverpool Empire Theatre, Ashleigh Gray (as Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard/Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK Tour of Wicked.
Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Dale Rapley (The Wizard/Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq) and Jemma Alexander (Standby Elphaba) will all play their final performances on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Nikki Davis-Jones will join the London production on Monday, October 27, 2014.
Emily Tierney (Glinda), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible) and Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) all continue in their current starring roles.
Ashleigh Gray has enjoyed a long association with the West End production of Wicked having originally joined the ensemble in 2007. She subsequently became Standby ‘Elphaba’ and has continued to act in this capacity at various times, playing ‘Elphaba’ on numerous occasions.
Following her training, Gray joined the national tour of the Boy George musical Taboo, playing the leading role of Kim. More recentl,y she created the role of Lorraine Campbell in the world premiere of the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed A Dream, touring across the UK and Ireland. She subsequently appeared with Susan Boyle in her concert tour.
Her many other theatre appearances include Stephanie Zinone in Cool Rider; Emily in Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns; Miranda in Betwixt!; Miss Lynch in Grease (UK Tour) and Martha in The Secret Garden (UK Tour). Gray has also made numerous concert appearances in London and across the UK.
Samuel Edwards is currently appearing in the London production of Wicked. His other theatre appearances include: Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre); Feuilly in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park).
Steven Pinder played Max Farnham in Phil Redmond’s Brookside (Channel 4) from 1990 until its final episode in 2003. His many recent theatre appearances include: Barney Cashman in Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (St Helen’s Theatre Royal); Frank in The Memory of Water (New Vic/Stephen Joseph Theatre); George in the comedy Who’s Under Where, Stanley Banks in Father of the Bride and Clem Watkins in the thriller Scared To Death (all at the Mill at Sonning); Mr van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank (UK Tour) and Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (UK Tour).
In addition to Brookside, Pinder’s many other television credits include Doctors: The Bad Samaritan; True Crime; Holby City; Casualty; Emmerdale; two series as Owen Buckley in Foxy Lady, with Diane Keen, and two series as Roy Lambert in Crossroads from 1985-1988.
Richard Vincent’s theatre credits include: Doody in Grease (UK Tour); Harry in State Fair (Trafalgar Studios); Jack Scott in High School Musical (UK Tour); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour) and the title roles in Peter Pan and Jack and the Beanstalk (Qdos).
Jacqueline Hughes is currently appearing in the London production of Wicked. Her other appearances include: Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (DG1, Dumfries) and Doreen in Tony Roper’s The Steamie (UK Tour).
The tour continues to Birmingham Hippodrome (July 9 to September 6, 2014); Liverpool Empire Theatre (September 16 to October 11); Southampton Mayflower Theatre (October 21 to November 15); Edinburgh Playhouse (November 19 to January 10, 2015); Plymouth Theatre Royal (January 20 to February 14); Bristol Hippodrome (February 18 to March 21); Sunderland Empire Theatre (March 31 to April 25); Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (May 5 to May 30) and concludes at The Lowry in Salford (June 3 to July 25, 2015).
Tickets are now on sale at all venues and can be booked via www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/.