WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, flies into its 12th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre today (Wednesday 27 September 2017). Recently acclaimed as “the must-see wonder of the West End” (Andrew Pierce, LBC Radio), the renowned musical will become the 15th longest running show in London theatre history on 19 October 2017, when it surpasses the run of We Will Rock You.
In celebration of the production’s birthday, a series of stunning new principal cast portraits, by photographer Darren Bell, have been released.
WICKED has already played more than 4500 performances, been seen by over 8 million people in London alone and won over 100 major awards around the world, including 10 theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards and two Olivier Audience Awards in the UK.
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).
While continuing its open-ended London run, the spectacular 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.
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 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 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