‘Wicked’ celebrates 15th anniversary in the West End as it reopens at Apollo Victoria Theatre
Performances will resume from September 2021.
West End audiences will be welcomed back to the Land of Oz later this year, as Wicked will reopen in London. Wicked performances will resume at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from 15 September, with Wicked tickets on sale next month.
As part of the new booking period, Wicked will mark its 15th anniversary in London, with a celebratory performance on 28 Sept. 2021.
A prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Wicked sheds light on the lives of Elphaba and Glinda. Meeting at Shiz University, the pair become unlikely friends, but their decisions ultimately see them becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Casting for upcoming Wicked performances is to be announced. The previous cast included Laura Pick as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda and Alistair Brammer as Fiyero.
Wicked has been seen in London by over 10 million people, and has played almost 6,000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Currently, Wicked is the fifth longest-running West End musical that's open today, behind Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King.
Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1990 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Maguire wrote his bestseller while living in London in the nineties. Music and lyrics for Wicked are by Stephen Schwartz, with songs including “Defying Gravity” and “No Good Deed.”
Speaking about the musical’s 15th anniversary in London, Maguire said: “While my novel is a quarter-century old, it has proven to be able to fly the distance. Every time Elphaba's story is read - or seen on stage - or sung - something can change within us. Since no day dawns free of heartache, a story about facing down the dragons outside and inside one’s self remains timely. The costs of courage are steep - and worth paying”.
Wicked tickets are on sale soon.
Photo credit: Alistair Brammer and Laura Pick in Wicked (Photo by Matt Crockett)