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Annalene Beechey (original s/b Glinda – West End) and Sarah Earnshaw (former s/b Glinda – West End; original ensemble, u/s Glinda – West End) were in a production of “Alice In Wonderland” together shortly before joining the original London cast of “Wicked”; Annalene played Alice and Sarah was her understudy.
Nikki Davis Jones (s/b Elphaba – West End) plays the ukulele whilst backstage and has achieved some YouTube fame as ‘DJUkulady’.
Harriet Thorpe (former Madame Morrible – West End) is best known by British audiences for her role as Fleur in the popular British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous”, as well as her performance as the crazy receptionist Carole Parkinson in “The Brittas Empire” who kept her children in her desk.
Last night was the final performance for a number of cast members of the London production of Wicked, in its annual cast change; principal cast members who departed were Lee Mead (Fiyero), Cassie Compton (Nessarose), and George Ure (Boq; former ensemble, u/s Boq). Replacing them are Mark Evans as Fiyero, who was previously a member of the ensemble and understudy to Fiyero in the 2007-2008 cast, Ben Stott as Boq, who was recently seen as ‘Jack’ in Into The Woods in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer, and Zoë Rainey as Nessarose, who has appeared as ‘Amber Von Tussle’ in the London production of Hairspray.
Also departing the cast are a number of ensemble; Lewis Bradley (1st u/s Fiyero; former Fiyero), Lauren James-Ray (2nd u/s Nessarose), Matt Krzan, Danny Mac (1st u/s Boq), Lucy Newton (swing, u/s Glinda), Stevie Tate-Bauer (1st u/s Nessarose, u/s Elphaba), Jack Wilcox, and Sam Wilmott (Chistery). Replacing them are Gemma Atkins (u/s Nessarose, u/s Elphaba), Andrew Bryant (u/s Boq), Nicholas Collier, Antony Hansen (u/s Fiyero), Jacqueline Hughes, Charlotte Scott (u/s Nessarose), Sam Taylor, and Matt Turner.
The cast change also brings about some changes within the remaining cast members; current cast member Jennifer Tierney (2nd u/s Madame Morrible) will be assuming the role of an additional Elphaba understudy, and cast member Thomas Sutcliffe will be promoted to first understudy for the role of Boq, after serving as second understudy for the past year; Daniel Jones will also be assuming the role of Chistery.
Chloe Taylor (former swing, u/s Glinda) also returns to the cast as the standby for Glinda, after the departure of Sarah Earnshaw (standby Glinda; former ensemble, u/s Glinda) in early January to join the cast of the Jekyll and Hyde UK tour; she was the last remaining member of the Original London Cast of Wicked, spending four and a half years with the show.
The new cast have their first performance tomorrow evening, Monday 7th February 2011, and are contracted until December 2011; all of us at the blog give them our best wishes!
The West End production of “Wicked” has officially announced its new cast members, who begin on February 7, 2011.
Mark Evans (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – West End) returns to take over the role of Fiyero, replacing Lee Mead.
Zoë Rainey joins the company as Nessarose, replacing Cassandra Compton.
Ben Stott joins the company as Boq, replacing George Ure.
In addition, Chloe Taylor (former swing, u/s Glinda – West End) returns as the standby for Glinda, replacing Sarah Earnshaw. It is worth noting that Ms. Earnshaw will be the final member of the Original West End Company of “Wicked” to depart – from September 27, 2006, when the company opened, to July 16, 2007, she was in the ensemble and covered Glinda and Nessarose. On July 16, 2007 she became the standby for Glinda and has served in that position ever since, and will have done so for over three and a half years when she departs on February 5, 2011.
In addition, the new ensemble is listed in the article we referenced as our source.
Congratulations to the new cast members!
Check out this video of WICKED West End cast members Sarah Earnshaw (s/b Glinda) and Nikki Davis-Jones (s/b Elphaba) giving viewers a backstage tour of the show. The video was posted by YouTube user wickedthemusicaluk, and has been embedded below for your convenience.
Check out this video footage of Nikki Davis-Jones (s/b for Elphaba), Sarah Earnshaw (s/b for Glinda), and the West End cast of “Wicked” performing a free concert at Cardinal Place with selections from “Wicked”. Credit goes to YouTube user minihobo89 for the videos, which are embedded below for your convenience.
“The Wizard and I”
“What is this Feeling?
Click here to check out an interview BroadwayWorld.com has conducted with Sarah Earnshaw (current Glinda standby – West End Production). Ms. Earnshaw is one of few cast members who will be staying with the show after the March 27, 2010 Cast Change.
The new cast of “Wicked” in London, beginning from March 29, 2010, has been officially announced. The leads are:
Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Louise Dearman (Glinda), Lewis Bradley (Fiyero; March 29-May 8/ Lee Mead (Fiyero; as of May 10); Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), George Ure (Boq), Julian Forsyth (Dr. Dillamond).
The standby for Elphaba will be Nikki Davis-Jones and the standby for Glinda will be Sarah Earnshaw, the only principal cast member remaining with the company.
Lee Mead is the winner of the West End Television Series “Any Dream will Do”, a televised casting search for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
The ensemble cast for this new cast change will include:
Alex Louize Bird, Gareth Chart, Joe Colasanti, Emma Green, Lauren James Ray, Shirley Jameson, Daniel Jones, Jasmine Kerr, Matt Krzan, Sophie Linder-Lee, Danny Mac, Lucy Newton, Sauri Oda, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, Paul Saunders, Niall Sheehy, Tommy Sherlock, Thomas Sutcliffe, Jennifer Tierney, Hannah Toy, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jack Wilcox and Sam Wilmott
There are quite a few rumors circulating as to the casting of the West End Production of “Wicked” – set to change on 29th March 2010. The rumors (and nothing more – most of this is just heresy):
- All principal cast are set to leave, as well as Ashleigh Grey (Elphaba s/b).
- Sarah Earnshaw (Glinda s/b) will be staying through.
- Most ensemble will be leaving.
- Rachel Tucker will be Elphaba & Louise Dearman will be Glinda (this is VERY strongly rumored).
Let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you hear anything else plausible! Remember, all of this information is purely RUMOR, hence the “Is It True…?” title.