Early Life Edit
Hatton grew up in Coleford, Gloucestershire, attending St. John’s Primary School and Lakers School. Hatton studied for her A levels at Monmouth Sixth Form and her love of theatre grew from playing Sandy in the sixth form production of Grease and starring in Anything Goes and Daisy Pulls It Off as part of the Forest Theatre Musical Society. Emma received her theatre training at the Jane Jarrett School of Dancing and London School of Musical Theatre where she graduated with distinction. Previous to this, Emma graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in English and Sport Science.
Theatre Career Edit
Emma's big break came in 2009 when she made her West End debut and originated the role of Donna in Dreamboats and Petticoats. For a while after this she achieved mainly minor theatre roles but hit the West End once more when cast in the ensemble of We Will Rock You in late 2011, also understudying the role of Scaramouche. She chose to stay for a second year and additionally understudied the character Meat, as well as Scaramouche.
After being cast in Wicked, Hatton gave her final performance in We Will Rock You on 5 October 2013 and joined the cast of Wicked on 2 December 2013, becoming standby to the role of Elphaba. Due to a long term back injury sustained by the lead Willemijn Verkaik, Hatton found herself performing the role very frequently, in April 2014 she performed more times than Verkaik. She temporarily became lead Elphaba on 21 July 2014 but played her final performance on 2 August 2014 and returned to being standby when succeeded by original British Elphaba Kerry Ellis. She performed her 100th show in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 3 September 2014.
On 3 October 2014 it was announced that Hatton would take over the role of Elphaba permanently following the departure of Broadway Elphaba Jennifer DiNoia on 31 January 2015. She played her first performance as lead Elphaba on 2 February 2015 and finished her long run with the show on 3 September 2016.
Other Roles Edit
Other stage credits include Twlya in When Midnight Strikes at the Chelsea Theatre and Finborough Theatre, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Harlequin Theatre, Heaven Sent at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Darling of the Day at the Ondaatje Wing Theatre (part of the National Gallery), Uncle Eric's White Christmas and A Comedy of Eric's at the New Vic and Christmas in New York at the Apollo Theatre. 2017 Taken the role of Evita in a new production nailing the role in her amazing way.