Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will tonight fly into its landmark 14th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Wicked the musical is already the 9th longest running musical in West End history and the 5th longest running musical currently playing in the West End. Winner of over 100 major international awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in the UK, Wicked the musical remains one of the biggest musical hits in London where it continues to play at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of Wicked said: “It takes more than 100 people on-stage and behind the scenes to deliver each performance of Wicked and it is a testament to their talent and tireless dedication that we are able to continue delivering the show to such an exceptional and exacting standard. As we celebrate entering our 14th year, we acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to all of our various casts, musicians, creatives and production staff as well as to the many millions of theatregoers who have so passionately supported and championed Stephen Schwartz’s incredible musical since its London premiere in 2006.”
Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines an ingenious backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ 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.
Wicked stars Nikki Bentley (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Alistair Brammer (Fiyero), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Simeon Truby (Doctor Dillamond), Natasha Ferguson* (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo** (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Lisa-Anne Wood (Standby for Glinda). *Maternity cover for Carina Gillespie. **Final performance 9 November 2019.
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for DreamWorks Animation, The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and direction by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.