Mark Curry in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Having only just been in the news to announce its latest booking extension, Wicked once again heads into the spotlight as it makes a big announcement concerning one of its most iconic parts.
The Wizard, one of the most famous characters in the show, will be played by Mark Curry from March as the current star Tom McGowan bows out of the role. The outgoing actor (known for appearing in the sitcom Frasier) began playing the part back in September and has previously performed in the show in various productions in the United States.
Wicked remains one of the most popular musicals in the West End with well known songs and a familiar setting for fans of The Wizard Of Oz. It is set before the events of the latter, however, picking things up long before Dorothy and Toto showed up as we find out how the world ended up at war. We meet the beautiful Glinda and the emerald-green Elphaba whose rivalry consumes all of Oz as they grow up to by the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively.
But whilst the events of this show happen before The Wizard Of Oz, that doesn’t mean that the Wizard himself can’t appear and from March audiences will get a taste of Blue Peter when Curry takes on the role. He presented the show back in the 1980s and it is one of many presenting jobs he has undertaken during his long career (the others including Catchphrase). However, he has also appeared in various stage shows around the capital, with credits that include The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, Talent at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Singin’ In The Rain on tour, amongst many others. As a result, the multi-talented performer brings plenty of experience to the table at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
He appears in Wicked from Friday 25th March 2016, joining a host of other performers like Savannah Stevenson and Emma Hatton who play Glinda and Elphaba respectively. Tom McGowan, meanwhile, stays into the role until Saturday 12th March 2016.