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EastEnders actor David Witts to make West End debut in Wicked

David Witts Wicked Fiyero
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Former EastEnders actor David Witts is to make his West End debut in the leading role of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

He will replace Bradley Jaden as Fiyero on July 23.

Wicked is the 7th longest running show the West End and is now playing for a 12th year. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Witts won best newcomer at the 2013 National Television Awards for his debut role as Joey Branning in Eastenders and on stage has starred in Hairspray at the Leicester Curve Theatre in 2014.

He said: “After three amazing years living and working in Los Angeles, I am excited to be getting back on stage again and to be coming home to make my West End debut in the incredible musical Wicked.”

Michael McCabe, the UK executive producer for Wicked, said: “We are delighted that David Witts is returning to the UK to star as Fiyero in Wicked. David has proved himself to be an accomplished and popular actor on both stage and screen and he has all the qualities to be a fantastic Fiyero”.

Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz with a book by Winnie Holzmann. Joe Mantello directs and Wicked is produced worldwide by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group,  Jon B. Platt and David Stone, with Michael McCabe as the executive producer in the UK and Ireland.

Set design is by Eugene Lee, costumes are by Susan Hilferty, lighting is by Kenneth Posner and sound is by Tony Meola.

The cast currently includes Alice Fearn as Elphaba, Sophie Evans as Glinda, Melanie La Barrie as Madam Morrible and Andy Hockley as the Wizard.

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