A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see three-time winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award, Wicked The Musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London!
I have seen many shows in my life, but never Wicked so was really excited to finally see the 14th longest running show in London theatre history and to see what all the fuss was about!
History Time – Wicked The Musical Opened on Tuesday 10th June 2003 at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco for a limited time before moving to Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre where it opened on Thursday 30th October 2003 and remains to this day! Meaning it’s the longest running production to date!
Wicked opened in the UK on Wednesday 27th September 2006 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and has been there ever since! You know a show is going to be good when it’s been running as long as Wicked has!
What’s it about? (Taken from the Wicked website, as I couldn’t put it any better!)
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.
Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.
Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Show – I’m a Les Misérables kind of man, so wasn’t sure what to expect from Wicked (I’m not massively keen on musical musicals if you get what I mean!) but Wicked was different! Great songs, a great storyline and humour which I wasn’t expecting!
Ashamed to say I haven’t actually seen The Wizard of Oz, but thankfully this is a story in itself, and takes the story to new heights! It really does Defy Gravity (see what I did there?)
Highlight of the show for me has to be Alice Fearn as Elphaba and her performance of Defying Gravity! We were teased early on in the show to what we thought was the beginning of the song, but it wasn’t until the end of act 1 when the world-famous song was sang! The whole audience was enchanted!
Alice Fearn was incredible as misunderstood green witch Elphaba, you almost feel sorry for the character during certain parts of the show!
Glinda was played by Maria Coyne who got the character just right! Funny, ditzy with a hell of a singing voice on her! Popular was one of the many funny numbers she sung! David Witts played the role of Fiyero who was equally great!
I did think the show would include a bit more magic, and special effects but then again I have seen the Cursed Child so anything magical I compare it to this! The staging was fantastic, and the detail which must have gone into creating the set and costumes is second to none! No expense spared!
To book tickets from only £19.50 click HERE! Wicked has a running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes which includes a short interval. 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.
Performances are every evening at 7.30pm (apart from Sundays, even Witches need a day off!) with Matinees on a Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. I sat in the stalls, U26 which was a fantastic seat! From speaking to others about the show, the theatre is pretty big so make sure you pay that bit extra for a good seat! You don’t want to miss a thing!