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Wicked returns to the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will return to the Apollo Victoria Theatre later this year, with performances resuming on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Helen Woolf (Glinda), Laura Pick (Elphaba) Photo by Matt Crockett.
Helen Woolf (Glinda), Laura Pick (Elphaba) Photo by Matt Crockett.

Tickets for this booking period, which runs through to Sunday 22 May 2022, go on sale at 10am on Monday 17 May 2021. Wicked will play a Tuesday-Sunday performance schedule, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wicked will mark its 15th anniversary at the Apollo Victoria Theatre later in the year and will host a celebratory performance on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

The music and lyrics in Wicked are by the legendary composer Stephen Schwartz (whose enduringly popular musical Godspell celebrates its 50th Anniversary on 17 May 2021), with a book by Winnie Holzman (creator of the landmark American television series My So-Called Life). It is based on Gregory Maguire’s multi-million-copy bestseller, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The American author wrote his novel whilst resident in London in 1990. Against the backdrop of the emergent Gulf War, Maguire’s story began to take shape as he examined the fundamental nature of good vs evil – exploring how the impact of politics, history and circumstance came to affect the choices – and stories – of the characters we believed we knew so well.

The first of the four novels in the ‘Wicked Years’ series (and Maguire’s first novel for adults) challenged readers to look at the beloved ‘Wizard of Oz’ tale again and consider that all may not be as it first seems. Now firmly established as a commentary on our times, a special 25th Anniversary commemorative edition was published last October in a time of pandemic and divisive politics, both in the UK and USA, with an updated Afterword from the writer.

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Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 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 imagines a beguiling backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Soon to celebrate its 15th Anniversary in the West End, the iconic musical has already been seen by over 10 million people in London alone and played almost 6000 performances. Winner of over 100 major international awards, including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy Award and ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (including three for ‘Best West End Show’), Wicked is already the 9th longest-running West End musical of all time.

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of Wicked said: “Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s wondrous musical version of Gregory Maguire’s darkly brilliant fable is an allegory for, and of, our times. After the challenging year faced by everyone in our company, we are grateful to them for their resilience and patience and delighted that we can at last get back to telling this extraordinary story again. We look forward to audiences returning to Oz and to creating more unforgettable memories for everyone.”

The huge and enduring success of Wicked in London has seen the musical become a fundamental component in the cultural ecology of Victoria, playing a pivotal role in the health of the area’s leisure and hospitality landscape. Wicked draws in audiences from across the UK (as well as internationally) and helps to ensure Victoria remains an outstanding cultural destination.

Today, news of the musical’s return is enthusiastically welcomed by the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID). Ruth Duston OBE, OC, Chief Executive of the Victoria BID said: “This is more good news for London and signals how life is gradually returning to Victoria after many months of lockdown. By the summer, we can expect more workers to be returning to offices, and it is vital that our rich cultural, hospitality and retail offering is thriving and ready to welcome people back. Wicked is an iconic fixture in Victoria, and the reopening plans announced today will further galvanise both the economic renaissance and vibrancy of the area”.

Through its For Good charitable programme, the production’s fundraising endeavours have to date resulted in the planting of over 50,000 new trees at the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest, now England’s largest continuous new native forest. Long-standing collaborations with the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Literacy Trust are also set to continue.

The full cast will be confirmed at a later date.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi-Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt; Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) 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. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento with direction 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.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire is published in the UK by Headline (the book is recommended for readers aged 16+). Wicked: The Grimmerie, a behind-the-scenes look at the musical by David Cote, is published in the UK by Hyperion.

All future performances will take place under Step 4 of UK Government protocols (all legal limits on social contact removed). Each performance will operate in full compliance with any Government and/or industry COVID-19 safety guidelines as applicable.

Worldwide
Wicked, “the long-running blockbuster musical” (Time Out London), has now been seen by nearly 60 million people around the world. Winner of over 100 major international awards, the original production has already been performed in over 130 cities in 16 countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, China and Switzerland) and has also been translated from its original English into six other languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.

Broadway
“A Broadway classic” (The New York Times), the Tony Award-winning original Broadway production has played almost 7000 performances at the Gershwin Theatre, where it premiered on 30 October 2003 (with previews from 8 October 2003). Now the 5th longest running Broadway show of all time (having surpassed the original landmark run of Les Misérables), the multi record-breaking musical has already been seen by nearly 12 million people on Broadway alone and been acclaimed as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart and courage” (Time Magazine) and “a complete triumph that makes you laugh, cry and think” (USA Today).

London
Wicked premiered in the West End on 27 September 2006 (with previews from 7 September 2006) and has now played almost 6000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and been seen by an incredible 10 million people in London alone. Already the 9th longest-running musical in West End history, the multi record-breaking London production has been hailed as “a devilishly clever spin on The Wizard of Oz” (The Daily Telegraph); “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro) and “the biggest thing in musicals since The Phantom of the Opera opened” (The Times).

‘For Good’ Programme
Through its ‘For Good’ programme and other charitable endeavours, Wicked is proud to support the remarkable work of the following UK charities: Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA); the National Literacy Trust and the Woodland Trust. For more information visit: www.WickedForGood.co.uk

Wicked Young Writer Awards
The annual Wicked Young Writer Awards were created by the producers of Wicked in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and with the support of Michael Morpurgo and the valued Patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, to encourage and recognise excellence in writing and creativity, and help develop literacy and writing talent in young people aged between 5 and 25. Further information: www.WickedYoungWriterAwards.com

Creative Team

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is based on the 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
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. A publishing phenomenon, it was to be the first in a series of fourteen Oz-themed stories and subsequently also the inspiration for countless adaptations, most famously the 1939 Hollywood musical version, The Wizard of Oz.

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.

Enter a world rich with imagination and allegory and discover the surprising ‘true’ story of the Witches of Oz…

Tickets on sale at 10am on Monday 17 May 2021
Performances resume Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 7.30pm
Public Booking to Sunday 22 May 2022
Groups and Travel Trade booking to Sunday 27 November 2022

The Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
The theatre is one minute from London Victoria Mainline and Underground Stations.

Performance Times:
Evenings Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday*, Saturday & Sunday 2.30pm (*first Wednesday matinee 27 October 2021)
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one 20-minute interval.
The schedule is subject to change.

Access performances:
Captioned – Friday 12 November 2021 at 7:30pm
Captioned –Saturday 19 March 2022 at 2:30pm
Audio Described – Saturday 18 December 2021 at 2:30pm
Audio Described – Wednesday 13 April 2022 at 7:30pm
Sign Language Interpreted – Saturday 22 January 2022 at 2:30pm
Sign Language Interpreted – Friday 13 May 2022 at 7:30pm

Book Online from Monday 17th May 2021

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