Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans said goodbye to Wicked London’s West End at the 2019 cast change on Saturday.
Fearn and Evans have been in the lead roles of Elphaba and Glinda respectively for the past two years.
Ferne said ahead of her final shows: “I have had two of the best years of my like playing this wonderful role but it is time for Fearn to get some REST 😆
“Thank you to everyone who has come from far and wide and supported us over the last few years. It has meant the world 💋 ”
Wrote Evans on her Instagram: “I can’t believe this journey is nearly at its end. 15 year old me would not believe that I’ve actually been playing Glinda for the last two years, living my dream and having the time of my life.
“My body needs a rest from this crazy little lady, I feel incredibly honoured to be in the list of women who got to bring her to life. My heart will never be ready to let go of Ms. Pink, @wickeduk you’ve changed my me for good and forever.
“I will always be so grateful that you trusted me with the part at 24 years old. I’m sad and happy all at the same time. & thanks to @alice_fearn11 and every single cast member I’ve worked with for making this experience so special. I love you all & I got to meet @kchenoweth DREAM COME TRUE ⭐️”
Saturday was also the final performance of David Witts as Fiyero, Melanie La Barrie as Madame Morrible, Chris Jarman as Doctor Dillamond, Jack Lansbury as Boq and Rosa O’Reilly as Nessarose, together with many ensemble members.
The official Wicked UK social media accounts posted: “As the 2018/2019 Wicked cast prepare for their final performance we’d like to take a moment to say a big, Ozmopolitan ✨THANK YOU✨ to everyone who leaves the Emerald City tonight.
“Because we’ve known you, we truly have been changed for good. With love from everyone at Wicked UK x”
You can watch the cast say their goodbyes in the video below…
The new Wicked cast for London’s West End production will play their first performance tonight, Monday July 22.
Nikki Bentley and Helen Woolf will lead the 2019/2020 cast in the roles of Elphaba and Glinda respectively.
The pair both recently played the roles on the UK tour while Woolf also previously understudied the role of Glinda in the West End company.
They’ll be joined by Alistair Brammer in the role of Fiyero with Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Idriss Kargbo as Boq (until 10 November) and Simeon Truby (Sweeney Todd) as Doctor Dillamond.
Andy Hockley continues as the Wizard with Carina Gillespie playing Nessarose (Natasha Ferguson will be maternity cover for Nessarose.)
Lisa-Anne Wood will takeover as the Glinda standby while Laura Pick continues as standby for Elphaba.
The full company is completed by Chanelle Anthony, Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Michael Colbourne, Lewis Easter, Nolan Edwards, Kerry Enright, Chris George, Rebecca Gilliland, Lucie Horsfall, Nicole Lupino, Maggie Lynne, Stuart Maciver, Carl Man, Rhidian Marc, Joanna Sawyer, Scott Sutcliffe, Genevieve Taylor, Grant Thresh, James Titchener, Libby Watts, Bryony Whitfield, Chad Wilder, Dickie Wood, Chiarina Woodall and Tom Woollaston.
One of the world’s biggest musicals, Wicked has been running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre now for 13 years – and recently extended until May 2020.