Theatre Review: Wicked

Lara and I headed up to London recently to see the musical Wicked.  To say she was excited was an under statement!  I'm not sure if it was the Wizard of Oz connection or the intriguing green posters, but Lara has been desperate to see the show for ages, so she couldn't wait.  As an ex-West End luvvie I was rather keen too!

Although it's now in its 12th year, Wicked is as fresh as when its first opened, with fantastic staging which more than fills the cavernous space that is the Apollo Victoria.  The set design is truly magical, creating the illusion of Oz, Emerald City and much more.  We particularly loved the glittering Emerald City and genuinely gasped at the first super hit of emerald green on stage.

Wicked tells the true, untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, giving them an extensive back story and revealing the motivations behind their future actions.  Was the infamous Wicked Witch of the West really wicked, or simply the innocent victim of a corrupt regime?  Just how much can we trust the Great Oz?  And have we been told the whole story about the wonderful Land of Oz?

Featuring the incredible story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students (and don't discount the wheelchair-bound sister!), their early extraordinary adventures in Oz will lead Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West to fulfil their destinies, as we know them.

Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, most obviously in a scene reminiscent of Eva Peron in Evita while poor, green Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, has unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

With beautiful costumes, those incredible sets and some instantly catchy musical numbers, not least the famous Defying Gravity, Wicked will astound, amaze and delight in equal measure.  Having already played more than 4500 performances, been seen by over 8 million people in London alone and won more than 100 major awards around the world, this outstanding magical blockbuster of a show is a must-see.

Wicked is now booking to 1 December 2018 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London

Additional matinée performances have just been announced on Thursday 26 October, perfect for half-term; or how about a Christmas treat on Tuesday 26 December 2017 or Friday 29 December 2017?

Ticket prices range from £19.50 - £125.00.  A limited number of day seats are released daily for that day’s performance(s) at 10.00am, available in person at the Box Office, priced £29.50.

Please note: Parental guidance rating is for ages 7+ and children under age 3 will not be admitted.

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