Ben Freeman to join the cast of Wicked

Ben Freeman is to join the cast of Wicked in the West End, playing the role of Fiyero.

Freeman, best known for playing Scott Windsor in Emmerdale, takes up the part on October 29, when Louise Dearman will return to the musical to play Elphaba. She has previously appeared in the production as Glinda.

Other new cast members joining on the 29th include Louise Plowright, who created the role of Tanya in the original London production of Mamma Mia! and who will play Madame Morrible, and Sam Lupton, who will play Boq.

Katie Rowley Jones will return to play Nessarose, the role she originated when the musical opened in 2006.

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and is based on a book by Gregory Maguire.

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