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REVIEW: Wicked (new UK Tour 2024 -2025) Cast and tour date listings.

Updated: Jan 29

13 January 2024

Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre

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Wicked musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour



Now in it's 18th year in London's West End, the spectacular, multi-record-breaking Broadway musical 'Wicked' has just kicked off a new UK and Ireland tour for 2024 and 2025 at Edinburgh Playhouse. This touring production is huge! It has all the sets, costumes and talent you would find in London. Nothing has been scrimped on for the tour. There is a full orchestra, massive set pieces, over 350 stunning costumes and the all important Time Dragon clock above the stage. It takes over 100 people to deliver each of these magical tour performances and it shows. It is immaculate!

Wicked tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. Based on the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire, and the beloved characters from L. Frank Baum's ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked drives a tornado through the familiar story you thought you knew and reveals what really happened between ‘Glinda The Good’ and Elphaba, the 'Wicked Witch of the West’.


Up until now, we've only ever heard one side of the story; but the book for Wicked shrewdly twists the familiar tale and shows us a very satisfying parallel alternative.


Sarah O'Connor as Glinda. in Wicked the musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour. Photo credit: Matt Crockett

With songs by multi-Oscar and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, the score for Wicked includes some of the finest Musical Theatre numbers of modern times. True, the majority of the big hitters are in Act I, but there isn't a bad song in the entire show. 'No One Mourns the Wicked' is a powerful opening number, 'The Wizard and I' delivered perfectly by Laura Pick made my hairs stand on end! Sarah O'Connor's 'Popular' was a delightful, hilarious, musical theatre masterclass. And the showstopping 'Defying Gravity' remains as epic and impactful as ever.


Laura Pick as Elphaba and Sarah O'Connor as Glinda (the 'Ga' is silent) are a phenomenal, world-class leading duo. I sat front row for this performance and I think I had to physically close my mouth at times. They are simply astounding. Every note, every line, every comic tilt of the head or flick of the wand - just gorgeous!


Laura Pick as Elphaba in Wicked the musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour. Photo credit: Matt Crockett

The large ensemble cast of over 30 on stage for each performance are exquisite. I never think Fiyero has much to do in Wicked, but Carl Man is dashing and bright as the privileged Prince. Daniel Hope's Boq is heartbreaking, and the character has one of the best, ingenious narrative arcs in the musical. Both actors bring great warmth and emotion to their characters that made me appreciate them all the more.


Similarly, Madame Morrible has never made much impact on me in previous productions of Wicked - she's there, and she does what she does. But Donna Berlin is sensational! She made me sit up and take notice. A superb voice and a memorable performance. She oozes quality every second she is on stage.


The casting for this touring production is first-rate. I could list all of the lead characters and say all of them are excellent. Because they are! With flawless direction from Joe Mantello, the story moves at pace, the cast nail every line and every move, and the magic and spectacle of the piece soars.


Simeon Truby as Dr Dillamond in Wicked the musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour. Photo credit: Matt Crockett

Behind the facade of joyous green sparkle and awe inspiring musical numbers, Wicked delivers some powerful messages to the audience. This is a musical that actually has some depth to it - and I adore that side to it.


It is OK to be different (or geen)!

You should fight for what you think is right and always stand up for the underdog.

Popular doesn't always mean happy.

And what we are told or shown, is not always the truth.


I did read Gregory Maguire's novel some years ago, and although impossible to fit every detail into a 2 hour stage musical, the sentiment, the intelligence and heart are all here in Wicked.


Wicked is a stage musical that is spectacular in every way. And this new UK tour production of the well loved tale is sensational. To be so polished, so perfect, so breathtaking at its opening venue is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved. 'Everyone deserves the chance to fly!' and fly this show does.


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📸 Production photos: Matt Crockett



 

Wicked UK Tour Cast


Laura Pick (Elphaba), Sarah O’Connor (Glinda), Carl Man (Fiyero), Donna Berlin (Madame Morrible), Simeon Truby (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Jed Berry (Boq), Megan Gardiner (Nessarose), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Standby for Elphaba), Thomas Charles, Julie Cloke, Charlotte Coggin, Freddie Conway, Áine Curran, Jade Davies, Kamau Davis, Russell Dickson, Maddison Firth, Lydia Gerrard, James Gower-Smith, Shoko Ito, Holly Lawrence, Nick Len, Stephanie Lindo, Will Lucas, Will Luckett, Rozz Mbwembwe, Georgia McElwee, Conor O’Hara, Shereen Osman, Stuart Rouse, Christina Shand, Adam Stickler, and Frazer Woolcott.

Laura Pick (Elphaba), Carl Man (Fiyero), Simeon Truby (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Nick Len, and Will Lucas have all previously appeared in the West End production of Wicked.



 

Creative Team

 

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire. It is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Scenic design is by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, projection designs by Elaine J. McCarthy and Hair and Wig designs by Tom Watson. Music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Stephen Oremus, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and musical supervision by Stephen Oremus.


Wicked Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “As we prepare for a much anticipated third visit to the Edinburgh Playhouse, we’re delighted to announce a truly stellar cast of 33, led by Laura Pick and Sarah O’Connor as Elphaba and Glinda, who form part of the 100+ company that will be delivering all the spectacle and magic of this gigantic production on stage and behind the scenes.”


Sarah O'Connor as Glinda and Laura Pick as Elphaba in Wicked the musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour. Photo credit: Matt Crockett

Wicked has now been seen by 65 million people worldwide, and 2023 marks the 20th Anniversary of its Broadway premiere. Productions continue on Broadway, in the West End, and on tour across North America. This year, Wicked also returns to Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. The two-part Universal Pictures film version of Wicked, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, is in production.

 

Wicked has won over 100 awards including three Tony Awards; six Drama Desk Awards; two Olivier Awards; eleven WhatsOnStage Awards; six Australian Helpmann Awards, and a Grammy.

 

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK & Ireland) Michael McCabe. 


 

Wicked UK Tour 2024 - 2025 Listings



THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2023 – SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE*

18 – 22 GREENSIDE PL

EH1 3AA




Open ended run now in it's 18th year!


23 January 2024 – 25 February 2024


Birmingham Hippodrome

5 March 2024 – 7 April 2024


Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

16 April 2024 – 19 May 2024


Southampton Mayflower Theatre

23 May 2024 – 16 June 2024


20 June 2024 – 14 July 2024


Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

23 July 2024 – 15 September 2024


24 September 2024 – 20 October 2024


Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre

24 October 2024 – 23 November 2024


3 December 2024 – 12 January 2025


*ATG affiliate links

 

🌟REVIEW: Wicked the musical (new UK and Ireland Tour 2024 -2025) cast: Laura Pick, Sarah O'Connor, Carl Man, Donna Berlin.🌟


Wicked the musical. New UK & Ireland 2024 2025 Tour. Edinburgh Playhouse opening venue December 2023 and January 2024


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