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Emma Hatton in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Thursday, 9th Oct 2014  

Current Standby Steps up to the Role of Elphaba in the Long Running Musical in London’s West End

It’s been less than a month since Jennifer DiNoia was announced as the new Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and now another name has been linked to the role for dates after the American performer steps down in January. Emma Hatton will paint her skin green as she steps up from her position as a standby Elphaba to play the part from February 2015.

Currently, Kerry Ellis is playing the part in the famous prequel show to The Wizard Of Oz, with DiNoia arriving later in the month. The latter is currently an understudy in the role of Elphaba in the US version of the show.

Wicked takes us to Oz where we meet younger characters familiar to those that have witnessed the various versions of L Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz. In it we meet Glinda, the popular girl in school with lots of friends and beautiful looks. Then there’s Elphaba, who has book-smarts and is cursed with emerald green skin. What begins as a playground rivalry eventually spills out into the world at large and threatens all of Oz as one grows up to be Glinda the Good Witch and the other Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

Emma Hatton has previously understudied a range of West End roles, including two roles in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. She also performed in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Savoy and Playhouse Theatre and Christmas in New York at the Apollo Theatre. In addition to those roles she has also appeared on other stages across the capital and more.

Wicked has been running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre since 2006 and has become one of the biggest musicals in the capital. It has also been seen around the world, including on numerous stages in the United States, and continues to be seen on UK tours as well.

Emma Hatton plays Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from 2nd February 2015. theatre tickets are currently on sale for the production for dates up to Saturday 7th November 2015.

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