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About the showWicked the Musical arrived in London in 2006, and has since won a string of awards such as the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Popular Show and the 2010/11 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Show.
Wicked tells the magical untold story of the Witches of Oz, reversing the classic plot of ‘The Wizard of Oz ‘ to the point of view of Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend Glinda the Good Witch of the North. This musical tale takes audience members on an unexpected journey through prejudice, friendship and reconciliation, challenging our own perspectives and the story that everyone thinks they know. With an unforgettable score from American composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) Wicked will ‘defy gravity’ and give you an unforgettable theatrical experience.
The show examines the familiar story of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of The Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba. We learn about her childhood, her attachment to her sister and reliance on the silver shoes that Dorothy later steals from her. This highly moralistic tale explores how perception and negative PR can change the way people view you, and how Elphaba became a product of an oppressive regime. Her friendship with Galinda the Good Witch of the North changes throughout the show, and they end up forgiving each other for their mistakes and promising they will always be friends even if circumstance tears them apart. The clever book ties in factors from the original Wizard of Oz, explaining the origins of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, making it a perfect accompaniment to the original.
With the 10 year anniversary of it arriving at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, from 5th September 2016, a star cast will take up the roles for for the momentous season. Rachel Tucker will reprise her lead role of Elphaba, following an acclaimed period in the New York production, along with being joined by Suzie Mathers from the Australian company as Glinda, while Anita Dobson takes the role of Madame Morrible. The ever popular Oliver Savile will continue his role as Fiyero.
Who Should See It?Wicked is perfect for those who like their musicals big, stunning and spectacular. With fantastic sets, exciting special effects and a large talented ensemble Wicked is an excellent choice for first time theatregoers and veterans alike.
Well behaved Children are welcome at Wicked and will be thoroughly engaged with the heart-warming story and stunning visuals. Recommended for children over 8. Children under 4 will not be admitted.
- Elphaba - the green skinned girl with magical powers who fights for liberal rights in Oz. She later becomes The Wicked Witch of the West. Whilst escaping Oz she sings the immortal 'Defying Gravity'.
- Galinda - Elphaba's upper-class room-mate who helps her to become 'Popular'. The two end up becoming friends, and Galinda becomes The Good Witch of the North.
- Fiyero - An arrogant Winkie Prince who is in love with both Elphaba and Galinda. He 'Dances Through Life' without a care in the world.
- The Wizard - A misguided phony who teaches Elphaba about how to pretend you are doing a good job so everyone calls you 'Wonderful'.
- Madame Morrible - The Headmistress of Shiz University who recognises the girl's magical powers and tries to manipulate them for her own benefit.
- Nessarose - Elphaba's wheelchair bound sister who becomes the Witch of the East. She owns the magical silver shoes that Dorothy steals when she lands a house on her.
- Tony Awards 2004: Best Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design
- Laurence Olivier Awards Nominations 2007: Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design.