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The show will be reopening at West End’s Apollo Victoria Theatre in less than two weeks, featuring some of the main cast from before its closure due to the lockdown. In order to ensure both the viewers and workers’ safety, the building will maintain security measures against covid-19, including compulsory face masks and the request to show a negative test result or vaccination certificate for audience members over 18.

We couldn’t be happier! And neither can the people from London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, as they’re about to welcome back their audiences to the show that has inhabited the building for 15 years now! Worldwide stage phenomenon Wicked is resuming performances in less than two weeks! Next Wednesday September 15th, viewers will have the chance to reunite with the now not-so-untold tale of the Witches of Oz. But there’s even more fantasy to add to this story, as well-known West End performer Sophie Evans will return to the cast – reprising her role as Glinda The Good for a limited time.

“Playing Glinda in the West End for two years was a dream come true and I am overjoyed to be given the opportunity to play this iconic role again”, says Evans. “To be able join all of the returning cast bringing this incredible show back to London is an absolute thrill for me.” The rest of the cast includes Laura Pick (Elphaba), Alistair Brammer (Fiyero), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) and Nicholas McLean (Boq). The ensemble will be formed by Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Lauren Brooke, Grace Chapman, Michael Colbourne, Conor Crown, Lewis Easter, Nolan Edwards, Joseph Fletcher, Fraser Fraser, Rebecca Gilliland, Lucie Horsfall, Nick Len and Will Lucas, among others.

“As we work towards the much-anticipated return of Wicked to the Apollo Victoria Theatre we’re pleased to welcome back so many of the cast – led by the fantastic Laura Pick as Elphaba – whose time with the show was curtailed by the shutdown of the theatre industry in March 2020, and grateful that they all agreed to extend their contracts until 30 January 2022″, says producer Michael McCabe. “We then look forward to welcoming many new cast members at the beginning of February next year as part of our continuing journey towards widening access to the show, platforming diverse talent and establishing a more inclusive workplace”.

Safety measures against COVID-19 will be ensured within the building, as patrons over 18 will be required to show an NHS COVID Pass* detailing either Full Vaccination, a Negative PCR/LF test or Natural Immunity. The venue will also be operating cashless payments, in-seat ordering and enhanced cleaning, with Hand Sanitiser stations also available for public use. Face masks will also be compulsory for both crew and audience members.

Wicked is now booking from Wednesday 15 September 2021 to Sunday 22 May 2022, with performances from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara