Wicked’s Louise Dearman ditches Glinda role to return as Elphaba
Written by Zen Terrelonge
West End actress Louise Dearman spent almost two years playing good witch ‘Glinda’ in the London musical smash, Wicked, shuffling across the stage in shiny stilettos from March 2010 to December 2011.
But after an eight month break, the actress is itching to get witching again, and will return to the Oz-based play as Glinda’s opponent Elphaba – the first time a leading lady has done so.
Dearman, said: “As an actress, you strive to challenge yourself to play as many diverse roles as possible throughout your career, and right now I feel like the luckiest girl in the history of musical theatre. 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!”
It will be interesting to see how Dearman embraces the role of the sullen green meanie, particularly as her previous efforts involved being a shrill Barbie-like character that the people of Oz fawn over, a stark contrast to Elphaba.
Wicked has been seen by more than 4.5 million people since its premiere six years ago, and you can catch Dearman in all of her green glory from 29th October 2012, perfect timing for Halloween!