Willemijn Verkaik to join West End cast of Wicked in 2013

Willemijn Verkaik to join West End cast of Wicked in 2013

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    International WICKED star Willemijn Verkaik will make her West End debut as ‘Elphaba’ when she joins the London production at the Apollo Theatre Victoria from 18 November 2013.

    The award-winning Dutch star has previously played the role in more than 1,000 performances in Holland, Germany and most recently on Broadway. In the hit musical’s decade-long history, she is the only actress to perform the role in more than one language. She will replace Louise Dearman, who’ll play her final performance as ‘Elphaba’ on Saturday 16 November 2013.

    Verkaik said: “It has been my great honour to have played ‘Elphaba’ in WICKED in Germany, Holland and on Broadway, and to have been part of this musical's incredible international success. I am overjoyed, and sincerely grateful, that the producers have now invited me to make my West End debut playing this extraordinary role in the musical that has literally changed my life.”

    Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of the record-breaking hit West End musical added: “Since its Broadway debut 10 years ago, Wicked has become a truly global phenomenon and nobody personifies the show’s international appeal more than Willemijn, who has performed the role of Elphaba in three languages in three different countries. We are thrilled that London audiences will now get the opportunity to experience Willemijn’s incredible performance, for which she has been so justly acclaimed.”

    Verkaik first played ‘Elphaba’ in the German language production of Wicked in 2007. She reprised the role in the Dutch language premiere production in 2011, and most recently made her Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre in February 2013. Her additional theatre credits include We Will Rock You, Aida and Elisabeth.

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