After Rachel Tucker, Willemijn Verkaik returns as Elphaba in Wicked

14 Sep
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba in Wicked. © Matt Crockett

When you know someone can do the job, why wouldn't you ask them back? After Rachel Tucker's current tenth birthday return run in WICKED, another popular former 'Elphaba', Dutch star Willemijn Verkaik, flies back into the show - along with 'Madame Morrible' returnee Sue Kelvin and new 'Nessarose' Sarah McNicholas - in the new year...

WICKED, the award-winning West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as ‘Elphaba’ and Sue Kelvin as ‘Madame Morrible’ from Monday 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as ‘Nessarose’ on the same date.

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) has previously played ‘Elphaba’ on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany (and she can be heard on the Original German Cast Recording), at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. She returns to the Apollo Victoria Theatre as part of the production’s ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations. Willemijn recently starred as ‘Kala’ in Disney’s Tarzan at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany and provided the singing voice of ‘Elsa’ in the Dutch and German language versions of Disney’s Academy® Award-winning film Frozen. Her many other starring roles include ‘Donna’ in Mamma Mia! in Germany; ‘Paulina’ in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in London; ‘Amneris’ in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in Germany and the title role in the musical Elisabeth in Switzerland. She has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the UK.

Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler… and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include ‘Rita’ in Barmitzvah Boy and ‘Louise’ in Private LivesSarah McNicholas (Nessarose) recently played ‘Peron’s Mistress’ in Evita (Dominion Theatre, also UK & European Tours) and ‘Sue Snell’ in the musical Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).

From Monday 30 January 2017, WICKED will star Willemijn Verkaik, (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

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Tags: Casting , West End