Flying monkeys, ruby red slippers and a tornado-topping house all make appearances in the spellbinding musical Wicked, but the show does far more than recycle the clichés that we are familiar with from the original book and Technicolour film. Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is a dizzying theatrical spectacle that subverts the well-worn story of Oz and provides a shocking backstory to explain how the Witches of Oz earned their reputations as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.
The music and lyrics in Wicked are by Stephen Schwartz, the musical theatre legend behind Godspell, Pippin, and The Baker’s Wife. He is also known for his long career writing music for films, including the Academy Award-winning song “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. The book is written by Winnie Holzman, and the production is directed by Joe Mantello, who also helmed Broadway productions of Take Me Out and Assassins.
Show Lengths and Times
Performances of Wicked take place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre every evening from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. There is an additional matinee performance on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. There are no performances on Sundays. The musical lasts for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Evening performances end at approximately 10:15pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by around 10:30pm, while matinees finish at approximately 5:15pm, and you can expect to leave the venue by 5:30pm.
Synopsis and Song List
The musical begins in sorcery school where two young students, Elphaba and Galinda, are thrown together in a tumultuous relationship that will span ambition, morality, love and eventually friendship. At first, bubbly Galinda clashes with down-to-earth Elphaba, a conflict further complicated by the fact they both begin to have feelings for Fiyero, a Winkie prince. However, they both realise their powers as sorceresses and work together to fight the oppressive regime of the Wizard, who is slowly but surely stripping away the rights of Animals. As Elphaba’s power threatens the establishment, she must decide if she is willing to risk everything to save Oz.
- “No One Mourns the Wicked” – Glinda and Citizens of Oz
- “Dear Old Shiz” – Students and Glinda
- “The Wizard and I” – Madame Morrible and Elphaba
- “What is this Feeling?” – Glinda, Elphaba and Students
- “Something Bad” – Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba
- “Dancing Through Life” – Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba and Students
- “Popular” – Glinda
- “I’m Not That Girl” – Elphaba
- “One Short Day” – Elphaba, Glinda and Citizens of the Emerald City
- “A Sentimental Man” – The Wizard
- “Defying Gravity” – Glinda, Elphaba, Guards and Citizens of Oz
- “No One Mourns the Wicked” (reprise) – Citizens of Oz
- “Thank Goodness” – Glinda, Madame Morrible and Citizens of Oz
- “The Wicked Witch of the East” – Elphaba, Nessarose and Boq
- “Wonderful” – The Wizard and Elphaba
- “I’m Not That Girl” (reprise) – Glinda
- “As Long as You’re Mine” – Elphaba and Fiyero
- “No Good Deed” – Elphaba
- “March of the Witch Hunters” – Boq and Citizens of Oz
- “For Good” – Glinda and Elphaba
- “Finale” – All
“Wicked is spectacular, vibrant, full of big showstopping songs and funny, but it’s also touching and comes with a strong message about standing up for what you believe in and being comfortable in your own skin…whether it’s green or not.” Katherine Redmond, indieLONDON
“With its Cirque du Soleil-like production values, it’s nothing less than a glittering cartoon bubble of a show.” Mark Shenton, BBC News
“It’s wicked! Wicked genuinely took my breath away, giving me the lift-descending tummy swoops that only a true musical can.” Nicola Christie, The Independent
“Winnie Holzman’s script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it.” Charles Spencer, The Telegraph