INTERVIEW: Oliver Savile talks about the 10th Anniversary of WICKED
You have performed in some amazing shows so far in your career. What have been some of your highlights?
Performing at The Oliviers as both Rum Tum Tugger in Cats & Enjolras in Les Miserables.
You are about to start your second year as Fiyero in WICKED. For anyone who may have been living under a rock for the last ten years, what is the show about and what attracted you to the part you are playing?
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.
Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Fiyero has always been a dream role of mine and one of always wanted to play from the first time I saw the show back in 2006.
This is the 10th Anniversary of Wicked in London and there is an amazing new cast joining the show. Are there any special plans being made for the celebration that you can tell me about?
There are some very special plans to mark our 10th birthday. Although sadly I can’t reveal anything yet as we are sworn to secrecy but I can promise it is going to be a night to remember.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the theatre industry and why?
One of my biggest inspirations is Hugh Jackman not only has he flourished on the stage by being in so many of my favourite shows but also managed to switch to the Big Screen which is most young actors dream. And he is someone who always appears so genuine regardless of his fame and fortune.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
This has to be when I fell off the stage at The Queens Theatre. It was during ‘At The End Of The Day’ and I came surging down towards the audience (as we did every night) and clearly was overloaded with too much caffeine and enthusiasm and actually stumbled off the stage and landed in an audience members lap. I actually won the end of year award for funniest moment. Very embarrassing!
Apart from acting, what is your biggest vice?
I love going to the gym as well as keeping me fit and healthy it’s a great stress reliever for me.
We are living in a time where films are often being turned into stage plays and musicals. If you had to choose one, what film would you like to see adapted to the stage?
The Avengers. Let’s make this happen. And I would like to be Captain American please.
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
It would have to be Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
If you won the lottery and could stage one theatre show of your choice, what would you choose and who would be your dream cast?
Beauty and the Beast (and it would be made up of past cast members)
Belle- Lisa Ann Wood
The Beast – Ryan O’Gorman
Gaston – Me
LeFou – Craig Mather
Mrs Potts- Anita Dobson
Lumiere- Gunnies world record holder Phillip Griffis
Cogsworth- Martin Ball
Wardrobe – Wendy Feguson
Why do you think people should come and see WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre?
This 10th anniversary cast of Wicked is very very special and one not to be missed. We are currently blowing the roof off the Apollo Victoria 8 times a week. Come see us!
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
WICKED is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until 4 November 2017. Tickets