The Story of Wicked London
Wicked is the dazzling musical that has been bewitching London audiences since 2006 with its winning combination of eye-melting spectacle, heartfelt drama and roof-raising numbers. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked twists the familiar story of Dorothy’s journey through the magical land of Oz by taking us back to a time long before her house crash-landed somewhere over the rainbow. Taking the focus away from the Wizard, the show instead invites us to witness the formative journeys of Elphaba and Galinda, two young sorcery students whose decisions will ultimately see them fulfilling their destinies as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Wicked London begins with the pair embarking on a magical education at Shiz University, where they end up as roommates who on the surface are polar opposites. The sparky, popular Galinda immediately forms a dislike for the green-skinned Elphaba, creating a rivalry that is to endure through politics, ambition and love as they grow up, yet unexpectedly culminates in a friendship that defies expectations.
With a fantastic score featuring modern theatre classics including For Good, No One Mourns The Wicked and Defying Gravity, the musical transports audiences on an adventure that questions the nature of power as well as friendship, in addition to exploring an alternative perspective on the main events and characters that are so well known from the original story. The spectacular special effects and incredible costumes add to Wicked’s allure, but it is the heart beneath this sparkling veneer that elevates the show into a West End classic. Wicked is currently booked until 27th October 2012.
Since opening in Broadway in 2003 Wicked has become the musical success story of the 21st century, with an impressive degree of popular and critical acclaim and productions transferring to a multitude of locations worldwide. The popularity of the show is reinforced by the fact that it has been seen by over 2 million people around the globe and has demolished previous box office records; in London for example, the musical still retains the title of the biggest opening weekend ever with over £100,000 worth of ticket sales taken prior to its debut performance. As well as pulling in record audiences, the production has also won a series of awards both abroad and within the UK; as well as being nominated for ten Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards for its Broadway incarnation, Wicked London has won the Oliver Award for Most Popular Show and the Theatregoers.co.uk Award for Best West End Show. Wicked has additionally demonstrated its popularity by permeating popular culture – the show has been referred to several times on television programmes such as Glee, The Simpsons and Ugly Betty, and even pops up in new London production Shrek the Musical.
There are regular performances of Wicked London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End for those who want to experience this blockbuster musical for themselves. Performances currently take place every evening between Monday and Saturday at 7.30pm, with an additional matinee showing on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. The production is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long with one interval, and tickets are available at the box office and online.
At Wicked London.org we explore all aspects of the show including information about cast past and present, reviews from the critics, how to buy tickets for each performance, useful information about the Apollo Victoria Theatre and plenty of interesting videos of the London production.
Wicked Fans Outside London Will No Longer Be Green With Envy as The Wicked Tour is Announced…
That’s right! Fret not! The Broadway and West End smash hit will be flying around the UK and Ireland delivering the magical tale of Elphaba and Garlinda to thousands of audiences outside of the capital city. The tour will start in September 2013 and will continue into 2014. During this time the London production of Wicked will continue to play to audiences at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The tour will start with a theatrical bang at Manchester’s enormous Palace Theatre for an exclusive 10 week run from Thursday September the 12th to Saturday the 16th of November. Tickets are currently on sale for the Manchester leg, with further dates, locations and full casting to be announced soon! Check back for details!