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:: Press Release #15 ::

Dianne Pilkington
13th March 2007

DIANNE PILKINGTON IS WICKED'S NEW 'GLINDA' FROM 16 JULY

From Monday 16 July 2007, the role of 'Glinda' in the award-winning musical WICKED at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre will be played by Dianne Pilkington. Tickets are now on sale until March 2008.

Helen Dallimore will play her final performance as 'Glinda' on Saturday 14 July 2007. Helen has been invited to star as 'Glinda' in the 2008 Australian premiere production of WICKED.

The 5 international productions of WICKED (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, US National Tour and London) have now grossed over half a billion dollars ($500,000,000) at the Box Office. Two new productions, in Japan and Stuttgart, will open this year.

Dianne Pilkington has just completed a year long engagement playing 'Grizabella' in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Her other theatre credits include playing 'Belinda' in The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre; 'Mary' in Tonight's the Night at the Victoria Palace; 'Belle' in the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; 'Kim' in the original cast of Boy George's musical Taboo at The Venue and 'Snow White' in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Victoria Palace, opposite Lily Savage. Dianne trained at the Guildford School of Acting.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel, the spellbinding WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an extraordinary friendship between two girls: the blond and popular Glinda and the misunderstood green girl, Elphaba, whose destiny is to become the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED currently stars: Kerry Ellis as Elphaba, Helen Dallimore as Glinda, Adam Garcia as Fiyero, Miriam Margolyes as Madame Morrible, Nigel Planer as The Wizard, Martin Ball as Doctor Dillamond, James Gillan as Boq and as Nessarose. From Monday 2 April the role of Madame Morrible will be played by Susie Blake.

WICKED is presented in London by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. UK General Management: Nick Salmon / Act Productions, Executive Producer: Michael McCabe.


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