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Fans of the classic MGM musical The Wizard of Oz are well at home with the Apollo Victoria Theatre’s Wicked a story that proves So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

Years before a tornado swept Dorothy and Toto’s house from its Kansas home to the land of Oz, a story was already brewing that would affect the pair when they eventually arrive in the world as the foundations of a bitter rivalry begins to take shape.

L Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz became a classic movie in 1939 as Julie Garland worked her magic on the silver screen, singing songs such as Over the Rainbow and We’re off to see the Wizard. It is an iconic movie that has remained a part of popular culture in the years that have followed.

But the true story begins in the playground as two unlikely friends become the heart of the story of Wicked. One of the two is Glinda, a beautiful and ambitious girl who is deeply popular with her classmates with the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face. The other girl is Elphaba, cursed with pearl green skin, an ugly appearance a book-smarts her only companion. What begins as a friendship soon becomes a bitter playground rivalry as Elphaba becomes increasingly jealous of Glinda’s popularity and good looks.

But what begins in the playground will soon erupt in a way that affects the whole of Oz as these school rivals become the ultimate foes of the land. As they grow up they become the figures that we recognise from Dorothy’s perilous journey – Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

During the course of the show, the cast delights audiences with some stand out musical numbers, including No One Mourns the Wicked, Popular, One Short Day, Defying Gravity, As Long As You’re Mine, No Good Dead and For Good.  These songs are sung by some iconic characters and as well as Glinda and Elphaba, other recognisable faces include the Tin Man, the Wizard and Boq. It means that Wicked is likely to be a memorable experience that stays in the heart for years to come.

The high calibre musical started out life in the US, with the prequel taking shape in Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The idea for a stage musical would come about later in 1996 as Stephen Schwartz decided to put his song-writing expertise to the test. It would finally appear on Broadway in 2003, with the New York Times heralding its appearance as Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster. It picked up numerous awards and nominations, whilst breaking box office records and making a West End appearance inevitable.

It took the form of the current production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, which opened its doors in September 2006. Since that date millions of people have seen the show all around the world, with 2009 proving to be its most successful year to date. It proves that there is no rest for the Wicked.

Booking From: Monday, 17th September 2018

Booking Until: Saturday, 25th May 2019

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 7+, children under 4 will not be admitted. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by adult during the performance. 

Important Info: The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays. Circle row A Restricted View warning - Balcony wall (row A). It is recommended that these seats are for customers who are 5’8” (173cm) or taller but are suitable for most adults.

Venue Information

Apollo Victoria Theatre
17 Wilton Road

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