Wicked is a fairly new musical that has swept the nation to become one of the biggest musicals of the decade. First a Broadway show in 2003 and brought to the West End in late 2006, Wicked is loosely based on the popular novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, who uses the familiar characters we have grown to know and love from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It has been nominated for ten Tony Awards and is showing at The Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.
Wicked tells the untold story of two girls who meet as sorcery students and develop an unlikely bond through the adventures they share together in Oz. Their incredible journey is performed for all to see as the two girls ultimately succumb to fate and become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The plot is set before and also during Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas, and includes references to scenes and dialogues from The Wizard of Oz. Music and lyrics are by composer Stephen Schwartz.
Rachel Tucker, a finalist on BBC’s I’d Do Anything plays the role of Wicked Witch Elphaba, whilst Gina Beck is Glinda the Good. Matt Willis from the pop band Busted plays Fiyero, Julie Legrand is Madame Morrible, and Keith Bartlett is the Wizard.
Show Length and Times
Wicked evening performance times begin at 7.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees are at 2.30pm. The show lasts for 2 hours and 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval. The Apollo Victoria Theatre opens 1 hour before the start of each performance.
“Wicked is spectacular, vibrant, full of big show-stopping songs and funny. It is 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 is green or not.”
Katherine Redmond at indieLONDON
“You certainly see where your money goes in this fabulously stage, emotionally charged and brilliantly witty musical. If you are looking for value-for-money entertainment, Wicked is hard to beat.”
Jo Russell at Absolute Radio
“The award-winning Wicked provides the back story of The Wizard of Oz – effectively the framing of the not-remotely-wicked Wicked Witch of the West. This sumptuous show brings new moral complexity to the unseen Dorothy’s adventures on the Yellow Brick Road. It’s subtle and subversive – and suitable for all ages.”
Simon Edge at Daily Express
“Blockbuster entertainment, sophisticated comedy and thought-provoking drama – it is magnificent to see a musical that manages to be both populist and intelligent at the same time.”
Tim Walker at the Sunday Telegraph
Here are highlights from the show:
Here’s how those monkeys get their wings: