WICKED, the fabulous West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced the opening of its 19th new booking period, on Monday 2nd February 2015 at 10am, with 500,000 tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 30th April 2016 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London West End.
While continuing its open-ended West End run, the spectacular, multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour has already sold over 1 million tickets since its premiere in Manchester in September 2013. The Wicked tour will conclude in July 2015, with a return to the Greater Manchester area (to The Lowry in Salford), following performances in Plymouth, Bristol, Sunderland and Aberdeen.
Around the world, Wicked has been seen by 45 million people in 13 countries and won 100 international awards. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than 11 years at the Gershwin Theatre.
Wicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, and has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman.
Wicked is the untold story of the witches, from the story of The Wizard of Oz. The original version of the story was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a children’s book written by L. Frank Baum and was first published in 1900.
Wicked focuses on the relationship between Elphaba the future Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda The Good Witch of the North. Their struggles with their differing personalities, rivalry over a love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard’s dishonest government, and, finally, Elphaba’s fall from grace. The plot is set predominantly before Dorothy’s arrival from Kansas, and includes mention of well-known scenes and dialogue from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland.
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, created a new popular heroine of fantasy literature. It explains how the misunderstood Elphaba became “wicked”, while her unlikely friend, Glinda, became “good”.
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 7 and over (children under 4 not admitted).
Show Opened: 27th September 2006
New Booking Period: Saturday 30th April 2016
Friday 30th January 2015