WICKED, the award-winning West End musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, announces the launch of its new booking period, with tickets going on sale into its 9th year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.
Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for a decade and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where, as of 2013, it has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined 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 girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good, and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.
Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.
Wicked Official Trailer
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 7 and over (children under 4 not admitted).
Apollo Victoria Theatre London UK
Venue and Travel Information
17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG, UK
Apollo Victoria Theatre Seating Plan
Nearest Tube: Victoria
Tube Lines: District, Circle, Victoria
Directions from nearest tube: The theatre can be seen opposite the station.
Railway Station: Victoria
Bus Numbers: (Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 507, C2, C10; (Wilton Road) 24, 52, 185, 436; (Victoria Street) 44, 148, C1
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
The Apollo Victoria Theatre London
The Apollo Victoria Theatre was built as a ‘super-cinema’ and originally called the New Victoria Apollo Victoria Theatre London Cine-Variety Theatre when it opened on 15th October, 1930 showing the film ‘Old English’ and a stage show called ‘Hoop-La’.
This fabulous art deco cinema was designed, as were all super-cinemas from that time, with facilities for stage shows that would precede the cinema films. Provincial Cinematograph (PCT) invited Ernest Walmsley Lewis to put forward plans to construct the cinema close to Victorial Station. The Apollo Victoria is a Grade 2 Listed building with a seating capacity of about 2350.
With two frontages along busy roads, it is said that taxi drivers once called the theatre ‘Sing-Sing’. Since its opening the theatre has experienced a number of highs and lows. The theatre is one of the leading West End theatres and has hosted many top shows including The Sound of Music with Petula Clark, Camelot with Richard Harris, and Fiddler on The Roof with Topol.
In 1984 the theatre hosted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, a show which required much building work to be done to the auditorium due to the show’s special effects. After eighteen brilliant and successful years the show concluded on 12th January, 2002.
Since then the Apollo Victoria Theatre Official Website has undergone quite a lot of restoration, returning it to its former glory. Bombay Dreams opened on June 19th following previews from 31st May, 2002. The show ran until June 2004, when it transferred to the USA. Within three weeks Saturday Night Fever moved in to exhilarate the West End with its 70′s style music until 18th February, 2006.
On March 28th, 2006 Billy Joel’s smash hit Broadway show Movin’ Out opened for a limited eight week run.
Further restoration work has continued until Wicked, The Untold Story of The Witches of Oz opened in September 2006 and is still performing to thrilled packed houses.
Now seen in the theatre, are the brilliant emerald green coloured iron railings. The black and silver-channelled foyer walls have been restored to their former state and the ceiling is back to its dazzling silver ornate prisms.