The West End production of Wicked will welcome a new Elphaba on 27 October, when American actress Jennifer DiNoia takes over from Kerry Ellis in the role for a 14-week engagement at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. She'll stay with the show until 31 January.
The rest of the current cast remains in situ, including Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martin Ellis as The Wizard and Sam Lupton as Boq.
DiNoia is no stranger to Wicked, having first joined the show's Chicago production as a swing in 2006. She covered all nine of its female dancers and singers, as well as the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose. In 2009 she joined Wicked's New York production and made her Broadway debut as Standby Elphaba.
Since then she has performed as Elphaba to warm receptions in Sydney, Australia and Korea, and is currently playing the green girl eight times a week on Wicked's second US tour.
'I am so honoured and excited to be making my West End and UK debut in this incredible role that has been part of my life and career for eight extraordinary years,' DiNoia said. 'I look forward to working with Savannah Stevenson and the amazing London company.'
U.K. executive producer Michael McCabe added, 'We are all delighted that Jennifer DiNoia will now get to add London to the extensive list of cities in North America and around the world in which she has already performed the role of Elphaba to such acclaim. We look forward to welcoming her to the West End production for what looks set to be a very special engagement.'
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi-Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the show has won over 90 international awards.