Press Release /WICKED SURPASSES…

 

WICKED SURPASSES THE RUN OF BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
TO BECOME THE 16TH LONGEST RUNNING SHOW IN LONDON THEATRE HISTORY
TWO EXTRA SHOWS ADDED THIS AUGUST

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will tonight play its 4567th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, surpassing the triumphant run of Billy Elliot The Musical to become the 16th longest running show in London theatre history.
Two extra matinees have been added this Summer, on Thursday 17 August and Thursday 24 August 2017, starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are now on sale.
Acclaimed as “a big-hearted musical extravaganza about the land of Oz” (Time Out London), the “hugely popular show” (The Times) is now in its 11th year and has already been seen by over 8 million people in London alone. WICKED is a three-time winner of the theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award. While continuing its open-ended London run, the critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production returns from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.
WICKED currently stars Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two 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.
WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for DreamWorks, 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 the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

 

WORLDWIDE
“A phenomenon that keeps growing” (Los Angeles Times), WICKED has already been seen by over 50 million people around the world and is one of the most celebrated and successful musicals of all time. Winner of over 100 major international awards, the original production has already been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil and China) and has also been translated from its original English into six other languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.
LONDON
“Still a phenomenon after ten years in the West End” (The Daily Telegraph) and now the 16th longest running show in London theatre history, the West End production premiered at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 27 September 2006 (with previews from 7 September) and has already played over 4500 performances. Now also one of the top five longest running musicals currently playing in London, WICKED has been hailed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail); “the biggest new musical London has seen in years” (BBC London News) and “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (London Evening Standard).

BROADWAY
The multi record-breaking original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) after more than 13 years and over 5000 performances at the Gershwin Theatre, where it premiered on 30 October 2003 (with previews from 8 October 2003). Now the 9th longest-running show in Broadway history, WICKED has already been seen by over 9 million people on Broadway alone and been acclaimed as “a magical musical with brains, heart and courage” (Time Magazine), “an irresistible extravaganza of music, magic, artistry and enchantment” (The New York Observer) and “a spectacular spectacle” (New York Post).
CREATIVE TEAM
WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire. The production is directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Scenic design is by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, projection designs by Elaine J. McCarthy and Hair and Wig designs by Tom Watson. Music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Stephen Oremus, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott, orchestrations by William David Brohn and musical supervision by Stephen Oremus.

THE STORY
Was the infamous Wicked Witch of the West really wicked, or the innocent victim of a corrupt regime?
When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s “outstanding novel” (The Independent), ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, ingeniously re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.
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 Wizard, 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.
Experience this unforgettable musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the Land of Oz.

NOW BOOKING TO SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wilton Road
London
SW1V 1LG
The theatre is 1 minute from London Victoria Mainline and Underground Stations

EXTRA SHOWS ADDED:
Thursday 17 August 2017
Thursday 24 August 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Friday 29 December 2017
Thursday 15 February 2018
Thursday 12 April 2018
All extra shows commence at 2.30pm