One of the West End’s longest-running shows
Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow and the Lion may have had the last laugh and stole the limelight in the Wizard of Oz, but what about the witches? They certainly caused a fair few children to hide behind the curtain when they shrilled onto the screen but what was their story?
The fate of the Witches of Oz is the cruz of Wicked, a global musical that delves into the imaginations of all fantasy fairytale enthusiasts, with subliminal results. Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has been spreading its mythical magic across audiences worldwide for more than a decade. London’s Apollo Victoria has been the home of the Wicked since 2006 making it the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.
With its spell-binding technical wizardry, thrilling costumes and incredible songs, it is not difficult to understand why this successful musical continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.
This witty and well-written story focuses on the unlikely friendship between two sorcery students. Their fantastic adventures in Oz, eventually lead to the pair to fulfil their destinies as the Wicked Witch of the West and as Glinda the Good.
Part of Wicked appeal is that it appeals to a general audience of all ages. Whilst it is recommended for ages seven and upwards, parents, guardians and adults in general can have just as much fun watching the magic of Wicked unfold. The ‘grown up’ appeal of Wicked also stems from the fact the show carries a hidden moral message – the ‘green’ face of the witch signifying race relations and the questionable ‘goodness’ of the fairy causing some debate – Is she as good as she appears to be? Or is she predominantly a savvy self-promoter?
Being the 16th longest-run show in the West End is not the only reason why the London Apollo Victoria Theatre production of Wicked is breaking records. On 30 March, 2013, the show welcomed its 5 millionth theatregoer. On 16 November, 2013 Wicked played its 3000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
To be part of West End theatre history, grab yourself a ticket for this fun-filled show.