Currently one of London’s longest running productions in the West End, Wicked is an award-winning musical which continues to captivate audiences after over a decade in residency at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wicked is a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s famous 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and offers an insight into how the “Wicked Witch of the West”, Elphaba, came to be.
It exposes the untold story of the Land of Oz in an alternative history about an unlikely, yet profound female friendship.
It is the question of what constitutes goodness and wickedness which propels the narrative. This leads the audience to question whether any of the characters were ever truly bad.
The production is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”. It was adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman and traces the lives of Elphaba and Glinda throughout their time at Shiz University.
Elphaba, although the traditional villain of the 1900 tale, is portrayed as a hero. The audience root for this misunderstood outsider who has been smeared by the wizard’s dictatorship. As the story unfolds, perhaps it is the self-indulged, ambitious “Good Witch” Glinda, who is the more duplicitous of the two.
It is the torturous friendship of the two leading characters that audiences of all ages can relate to.
Wicked is perfectly staged, the set design, costumes, lighting, and music transport the audience to the stunningly re-imagined world of Oz.
The experience begins on arrival at the venue as an abundance of green lighting illuminates the building. The theatre is transformed to reflect the fantasy of Oz.
The action is exotic, colourful, and exciting, with laser lighting, mechanical dragons and flying monkeys filling the stage. The visuals do not overshadow the story itself, the passionate performances bring the audience on an emotional roller-coaster.
Songs such as “Defying Gratify” and “What is this feeling” composed by Stephen Schwartz have become synonymous with this world-renowned production. The flawless vocals display the passion and enthusiasm of the performers.
Wicked is a witty, compelling production, providing marvels beyond the audience imagination. Despite being a fantasy production, it is a musical about political propaganda, racism, and peer pressure.
This is a show which continues to captivate audiences during eight performances a week.
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