Wicked

Wicked Tickets

Venue: 
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Location: 
West End
Duration: 
2 hours 45 minutes

Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for a decade and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where, as of 2013, it has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.

Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.

'One of the most popular West End musicals ever'. (Evening Standard)

'The perfect choice for a spellbinding night out.' (Daily Mail) 

Conversation with London's longest serving 'Elphaba' Rachel Tucker

Since opening on Broadway in 2004, Wicked has taken the world of musical theatre by storm. Despite receiving mixed notices after opening, critical opinion has proved secondary to the audience's attachment to the production, which has only continued to grow as the musical opens productions all over the world. The London production, which continues to run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End has now entered the ranks of London's long-running shows, and has become a standard London show alongside the likes of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.

It's hard to put your finger on exactly why the show has been so successful in London, but thanks to loyal fans who return to the show time and time again, as well as visitors to London choosing the production as part of their London experience, the show shows no sign of slowing down. Following her Tony Award win for Best Actress in a Musical, original Elphaba Idina Menzel opened the show in London, and has since gone on to become an internationally recognisable star thanks to the success of Disney's 'Frozen' and the now iconic song "Let It Go". Since then, the role of Elphaba has been one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, with British actresses such as Kerry EllisAlexia KhadimeLouise Dearman and Rachel Tucker each taking on the role.

Belfast born Rachel Tucker recently headed over to New York to reprise the role of Elphaba on Broadway, which is an accolade reserved only for the finest stage performers. We recently caught up with the star to ask her about the production, and what it felt like to return to the role, after previously being the longest running London Elphaba. "I had two and a half weeks of rehearsals" she laughs, "I'd say after about four days I could have gone on. I then had another two weeks to fine tune, which was great. It's very unusual that you know a part as well as this. People don't often go back and re-visit parts. It's unusual and nice to already have it under my belt and automatically start to focus on detail."

The role of Elphaba is a particularly exciting one for any performer, and it's one that brings with it its own set of challenges. Not only do you have to sing the majority of a very difficult score, but you have to cope with the physical demands including flying out over the stage to end the first act. "My favourite part of the role changes" says Tucker, "at the moment I'm loving the transition, when something does change in Elphaba. I'm loving finding that each night. It's around the time when Madame Morrible shouts out: "She's a Wicked Witch!" - just before 'Defying Gravity.' It would be so easy just to go on and sing 'Defying Gravity' - it's now a classic and everyone knows it - but to really make people hear it, as opposed to singing along with it, that's part of my challenge every night - to really make people listen to it and hear what I'm saying."

Wicked the Musical Film

Following the success of the stage production, it is only natural that fans have questioned whether a film version of the musical is on the cards. Earlier in 2015 we spoke to the Producer of the show Marc Platt, and asked him when fans can expect to see Wicked on the big screen:

"The process and development of the movie has begun in earnest and it will happen when the material is at a place where we feel, as the creators, that the adaptation of it will be as satisfying as a film as it is in a theatre. That could be tomorrow or it could be a year from now - I don't know the answer to that, it IS in the process, we have just set the bar really high. We're not shooting to a release date - we want the film to be unique and satisfying as the stage experience which is still terribly successful."

It has been revealed that Stephen Daldry, the director of such films as 'Billy Elliot', 'The Reader', and 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' has been attached to the film version of Wicked for the past couple of years. Original book writer Winnie Holzman is also on board to write the screenplay, and Producers are making sure that all the vital elements come together to make it the best version of the film that it could possibly be.

Whilst we wait with baited breath to see a Hollywood film version, we're happy enough seeing the production once again at the Apollo Victoria.

 

Book your Wicked tickets, playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, today.

Wicked Synopsis: 

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, the WICKED musical tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Experience this unforgettable, award-winning musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the land of Oz...

Age Restrictions: 
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. 
By: 
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Book by Winnie Holzman.
Producer: 
Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone
Director: 
Joe Mantello
Songs by: 
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Lighting: 
Kenneth Posner
Sound: 
Tony Meola
Design: 
Eugene Lee
Costume: 
Susan Hilferty
Cast list: 
Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan (The Wizard until 12 March 2016), Sean Kearns (The Wizard until 14 to 24 March 2016), Mark Curry (The Wizard from 25 March 2016), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda), Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright, Oliver Evans, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Sheila Grant, Chester Hayes, Lauren James Ray, Aaron Jenkins, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Helen Woolf. (Ensemble cast subject to change)
Other info: 
Orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento
Wicked Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 7 September, 2006
Opening date: 
Wednesday, 27 September, 2006
Available from: 
Monday, 26 September, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 4 November, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday-7.30pm
Tuesday-7.30pm
Wednesday2.30pm7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday2.30pm7.30pm
Sunday--
Address:
17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Nearest tube:
Victoria

Latest Wicked News & Features

Wicked the Musical
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked in London from 30 January 2017

It has been announced that Willemijn Verkaik will return to the West End production of Wicked in the role of ‘Elphaba’ at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre from 30 January 2017. She will be joined by Sue Kelvin who also returns in the role of ‘Madame Morrible’ and Sarah McNicholas who will join the cast as ‘Nessarose’.

Wicked
Monday, September 5, 2016
Wicked extends booking to November 2017 as new cast begins performances

Wicked the Musical has today released 500,000 new tickets for performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, extending its booking period to 4 November 2017, it's 22nd booking extension.

The hit musical, which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on 27 September 2016, opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 27 September 2006, following previews from 07 September, and has since been seen by almost 6 million people.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
First Look at Anita Dobson as Madame Morrible in Wicked

New pictures have been released of the 2016 cast of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, including the first production pictures of Anita Dobson as Madame Morrible who joins the show from Monday 5 September 2016.

Friday, June 17, 2016
Wicked Movie sets December 2019 Release

It's one of the most eagerly anticipated movie musicals of recent times and after years of speculation Universal Pictures have finally announced a release date for the big screen adaptation of the internationally successful musical Wicked.

The news was released by the Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by Universal pictures on social media via Twitter, saying: "The musical phenomenon WICKED comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19." 

So that's only three years to wait.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Wicked announces 10th Anniversary Cast

As of Monday 5 September 2016, the cast will include Rachel Tucker who returns to the production in the role of 'Elphaba', following a successful stint in the Broadway production. She will be joined by Suzie Mathers from the Australian company as 'Glinda', Anita Dobson as 'Madame Morrible', original cast member Martin Ball as 'Doctor Dillamond' and Idriss Kargbo as 'Boq'.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wicked plays landmark 4000th West End performance

The West End production of Wicked will today play its landmark 4000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre at 2.30pm. The show is currently in its tenth anniversary year and became the 9th longest-running show in the West End on 5 September 2015. The musical is now the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history.

Our Review

Sequels have been the stock-in-trade of film companies for some time. But here's a novel idea that is almost a prequel, though not quite. The plot of this superbly polished musical extravaganza is (part of) the backstory to the much-loved 'Wizard of Oz' - originally a book written by American writer Frank L Baum and published in 1900, and subsequently converted into numerous film versions, the... Read more

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