Wicked celebrates 12 landmark years in the West End at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre
At this performance (Thursday 27 September 2018), WICKED stars Alice Fearn as Elphaba, Sophie Evans as Glinda, David Witts as Fiyero, Melanie La Barrie as Madame Morrible, Andy Hockley as The Wizard, Chris Jarman as Doctor Dillamond, Rosa O'Reilly as Nessarose and Jack Lansbury as Boq.
Already seen by over 55 million people around the world, Wicked premiered on Broadway on 30 October 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre where it is now the 6th longest running show in Broadway history. The London production opened on 27 September 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre where it is already the 5th longest running musical currently playing in the West End, alongside Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and Disney's The Lion King.
Wicked is based on the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by the acclaimed American author Gregory Maguire. Gregory wrote the novel while living in London. The book was inspired by the characters and stories created by L. Frank Baum in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', which has thrilled and fascinated the public since its publication in 1900. A publishing phenomenon, it was the first in a series of fourteen Oz-themed stories.
Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory to the lives of L. Frank Baum's beloved characters and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely University friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
While Wicked is often described as a 'sequel' to The Wizard of Oz, the story actually takes place before, simultaneously and after the familiar Oz tale. Gregory Maguire describes his novel as 'a re-imagining of the same world'. His story creates a 'parallel universe' to Baum's magical world.
Wicked is the winner of over 100 major international awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in the UK. Wicked has also been voted 'Best West End Show' by theatregoers on three seperate occasions at the annual WhatsOnStage Awards.
Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics) is the recipient of three Oscars, four Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Honorary Tony Award. In addition to Wicked, he is best known in the UK for his enduringly popular 1971 musical Godspell and for his songwriting collaborations with Alan Menken on films including Disney's Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted. For DreamWorks, he wrote both music and lyrics for The Prince of Egypt. A new stage musical version of The Prince of Egypt, featuring the Oscar winning song 'When You Believe',recently premiered in the U.S. to huge acclaim.
Gregory Maguire's novel has been adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman, who is best known as the creator of the landmark American television series My So-Called Life (1994), which was named by TIME Magazine as one of the '100 Best TV Shows of All-Time'. The show starred Claire Danes and Jared Leto.
Designers Eugene Lee (Set) and Susan Hilferty (Costumes) both won 2004 Tony Award's for their respective work on Wicked. Music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton) and Stephen Oremus (Disney's Frozen), musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
The now iconic role of Elphaba was originally created on Broadway and in the West End by Idina Menzel, who won the 2004 Tony Award for 'Best Actress in a Musical'. Idina Menzel went on to achieve global fame as the voice of Elsa in Disney's Frozen, singing the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning song 'Let It Go'.
'The musical phenomenon that brilliantly reimagines the Witches from Oz' (Metro) continues an opened-end run at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre where tickets are currently on sale to Saturday 25 May 2019.