Photo Flash: First Look - Martyn Ellis as The Wizard in West End's WICKED
WICKED, the multi award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to release the first pictures of Martyn Ellis as 'The Wizard' at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre. Get a first look below!
Martyn Ellis received a Whatsonstage Award for his performance as 'Nicely Nicely Johnson' in Michael Grandage's acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor (Piccadilly Theatre). He more recently starred as 'Harry Dangle' in One Man, Two Guvnors (at the National Theatre, in the West End and at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, directed by Nicholas Hytner) and 'Alfred P. Doolittle' in Daniel Evans' production of My Fair Lady with Dominic West and Carly Bawden (Sheffield Crucible). Other major theatre roles include 'Pumbaa' in Disney's The Lion King (original London cast, directed by Julie Taymor); 'Hermann Preysing' in Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage) and 'Thenardier' in LES MISERABLES. On television he played 'Friar Tuck' in 52 episodes of The New Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner Bros. International Television) and will shortly be seen as 'Big Al' in the new Sky 1 drama series The Smoke.
Wicked currently stars Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda).
Acclaimed as "a magical mystery tour through the fantasy land of Oz" (London Evening Standard), the London production of the global musical phenomenon has already been seen by over 5.5 million people since its premiere in September 2006. While continuing its open-ended West End run, which is now booking into its 9th year, a spectacular new production is also breaking Box Office records around the UK and opens at Wales Millennium Centre on 12 March 2014.
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. Wicked, which is based on the acclaimed novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire, has won over 90 international awards.
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
1 minute from London Victoria Mainline and Underground Stations.
Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk
Wicked spearheads and supports a range of good causes born out of the themes of the award-winning musical. Discover more at: www.WickedForGood.co.uk
Photos by: Matt Crockett