Tonight, Wicked will celebrate its fifth anniversary in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The musical opened on 27th September 2006 to mixed reviews from critics, but very shortly proved the naysayers wrong with shows selling out and the cast playing to packed audiences night after night. Today, Wicked has taken over £145m at the box office and the Apollo Victoria has welcomed nearly 4 million visitors through its doors, with eager theatregoers keen to see what all of the fuss is about.
A prequel to the classic story by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked at first seems an unlikely tale about the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and the Good Witch of the North – Glinda. Written as a novel in 1995 by Gregory Maguire, the story traces the youth of the polar-opposite witches whilst they are roommates at university studying sorcery. Due to its themes of friendship and self-consciousness about appearance, the show has won over the hearts of many teenagers as well as appealing to people from all walks of life through its incredible visual effects and powerful songs.
Wicked has outlasted all of the other shows that opened the same year at the West End, proving to be a mighty success and an asset to the West End, despite those first reviews. Having received numerous awards and taking bookings until October 2012, Wicked looks set to continue to be a permanent fixture at the Apollo Victoria.
Have you seen Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London? What do you like about the green-tinged show about insecurity, freedom of speech and friendship? Post comments and reviews in the box below!