Scottish actress to take the lead role in Wicked

Scottish actress, Ashleigh Gray will play the lead role of Elphaba at HMT
Scottish actress, Ashleigh Gray will play the lead role of Elphaba at HMT

Wicked, the global musical phenomenon telling the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Scottish actress Ashleigh Gray will star in the production when it comes to His Majesty’s Theatre next year.

Originally from Midlothian, Ashleigh Gray has long been associated with the West End production of Wicked having originally joined the ensemble in 2007.

She subsequently became Standby Elphaba and has continued to act in this capacity at various times, playing Elphaba on numerous occasions.

Her theatre credits include playing the leading role of Kim in the national tour of Boy George’s musical Taboo and more recently created the role of Lorraine Campbell in the world premiere of the Susan Boyle musical, I Dreamed A Dream, touring across the UK and Ireland.

The spectacular production of this thrillingly entertaining show has broken countless Box Office records and already received multiple five star reviews across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

The award-winning London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now the 10th longest running show in the West End.

Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by 42 million people in 13 countries, and won 100 international awards.

In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked is based on the novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire.