In a rare move, Louise Dearman, who previously played the role of Glinda the Good Witch has been announced to take up the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Her previous stint in the hit show in London, Wicked, lasted a respectably long time, from March 2010 until December 2011 – which left us wondering what lured her to cross over to the dark (green) side. Her comments today revealed her true feelings: “Right now I feel like the luckiest girl”.
Abysmal puns aside, this new appointment in the show’s cast does reflect Dearman’s talent – in her ability to play such contrasting roles, as she explains “As an actress, you strive to challenge yourself to play as many diverse roles as possible throughout your career”. It’s not a simple case of a costume change – despite Louise’s humble remark: “I still can’t quite believe that in two months’ time I’ll be back in Wicked, but this time I won’t come and go by bubble, I’ll be on a broomstick!”
Louise joins a long line of glittering stars who have played the celebrated role of Elphaba in the show in London. Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba in the show on Broadway, opened the production in its transfer to London’s West End. Since then, the role has been taken up by household names Kerry Ellis, Alexia Khadime and Rachel Tucker who is currently playing the green-skinned witch on the stage of the iconic Apollo Victoria theatre in London.
The show is based on the book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It tells the unofficial story of the witches of Oz – of how one came to be called ‘Good’ whilst the other was tarnished with the moniker ‘Wicked’, and has been enthralling audiences around the world for almost 10 years.
Louise Dearman will re-join the show in London, performing alongside some other famous names, including Matt Willis (Busted, I’m a Celebrity) who plays love interest Fiyero, Keith Bartlett (The Bill) who performs the role of The Wizard of Oz and Gina Beck who has taken on Dearman’s original role of Glinda the Good.
Outside of her roles in Wicked, Louise has also had a strong career with a variety of roles at several shows in London, including the Kiss Me Kate at the Victoria Palace Theatre, just a stone’s throw from where Wicked is performing, as well as Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in the heart of London’s West End Theatreland.
Louise will take up her role of Elpahaba on 29th October 2012.