He has just met a tragic end in EastEnders - but Steven Beale has magically risen from the dead and is on his way to Birmingham.
Actor Aaron Sidwell will play the hero Fiyero in the musical Wicked, which is embarking on a new UK tour and coming to the Birmingham Hippodrome next April.
The cast also includes Amy Ross, the West End star of Kinky Boots, as the green-skinned Elphaba and Helen Woolf as Glinda.
Brookside star Steven Pinder will play The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond.
Wicked is one of the most successful productions in the Hippodrome’s history, seen by more than 110,000 when it played here over the summer of 2014.
Now it returns for only four weeks, from April 4 to 29 2018. Tickets are on sale here.
The musical tells the untold story of the Wizard of Oz and a deep friendship between two sorcery students.
Wicked will give Aaron a chance to be a real hero, after Steven Beale’s ignominious end in a fire in EastEnders. Only Abi Branning went to his funeral after it emerged he had lied about having a terminal brain tumour.