‘so magical it defies belief’
‘a brilliant production’
Opening in London in 2006, Wicked has achieved tremendous success, wowing audiences and critics alike with the tale of two witches. First opening on Broadway in 2003, Wicked quickly picked up three Tony Awards and even a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Further awards have included nine WhatsOnStage Awards, an Evening Standard Theatre Award, six Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical and two Olivier Awards, including the 2010 Most Popular Show and 2015 This Morning Audience Award.
Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is the musical backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, and how they came to be known as the most famous witches of Oz. With flying monkeys, ruby red slippers and a tornado-topping house, Wicked is the definitive prequel of the well-known The Wizard of Oz, with several nods towards the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. A dazzling theatrical spectacle which features a myriad of now well-known songs, we come to discover how the witches earned their glorious and terrifying reputations, long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.
Wicked opens at a sorcery school, where two young and extremely different students are paired in the same dorm room. From here, Elphaba and Galinda begin a tumultuous relationship that spans ambition, morality, love and eventually friendship. When the girls both fall for Winkie Prince Fiyero, their friendship is pulled into question. However, the pair soon learn that their love for each other is stronger than love for any man, and together, they use their powers to fight the oppressive regime of the Wizard and Madame Morrible. But when Elphaba’s powers begin to spiral out of control, she must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to save Oz.
Cast and Creative
With music and lyrics by the supremely talented musical theatre legend Stephen Schwartz, Wicked was a guaranteed success. His most notable works include penning the memorable music in Godspell, Pippin, Children of Eden and The Baker’s Wife. Schwartz’ career spanned across both theatre and film, with his extensive screen credits including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and the Academy Award-winning song “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. Wicked also features a book by Winnie Holzman, with direction from Joe Mantello, whose previous works have included Assassins, Take Me Out, The Odd Couple, 9 to 5: The Musical and Dogfight.
A whole host of famous musical theatre stars have donned the black hat of Elphaba, including Idina Menzel, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Willemijn Verkaik and Emma Hatton amongst many others. Glinda’s glittering dresses have been worn by Kristin Chenoweth, Megan Hilty, Dianne Pilkington, Annaleigh Ashford and Gina Beck, to name but a few!
- “No One Mourns the Wicked” – Galinda and Citizens of Oz
- “Dear Old Shiz” – Students and Galinda
- “The Wizard and I” – Madame Morrible and Elphaba
- “What is this Feeling?” – Galinda, Elphaba and Students
- “Something Bad” – Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba
- “Dancing Through Life” – Fiyero, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba and Students
- “Popular” – Galinda
- “I’m Not That Girl” – Elphaba
- “One Short Day” – Elphaba, Glinda and Citizens of the Emerald City
- “A Sentimental Man” – The Wizard
- “Defying Gravity” – Elphaba, Glinda, Guards and 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
Show Lengths and Times
Wicked opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre London in 2006 and is continuing to book into 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 45mins, including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Wicked is relatively family-friendly, with a parental guidance recommendation of ages 7 and up. Please note that children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre.
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