Emma Hatton is currently starring as Elphaba and Savannah Stevenson as Glinda. Mark Curry will join the cast as 'The Wizard' from March 25. See official website for current full cast list.
The film world continues its love affair with werewolves, vampires and all things 'Twilight'. But theatre types have always known witches are where it's at. In its sixth year at the Apollo Victoria, Oz prequel 'Wicked' continues to fill this massive theatre with an international crowd of voracious consumers (glass of champagne and a choccy for £16 anyone?). But this stylish and bombastic musical still delivers, sailing over its patchy score thanks to a gravity-defying performance from its current leading lady Rachel Tucker, as the intense green-skinned undergrad who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West.
'Wicked' is a spectacle that rises or falls around its central performance. In the midst of a gigantic production full of bangs, bells and whistles Tucker, with her small frame and searing vocal ability, simply flies off with the show.
She's closely followed by Gina Beck, who plays good girl, Glinda. Glinda and Elphaba's relationship forms the heart of this story and, as the Good Witch, Beck is a consummate clown, playing up the silliness of her character at every turn. But she can raise a tear, too, and her final duet with Tucker, 'For Good', is genuinely heart-rending.
The Tim Burton-inspired ensemble oscillate between the hypnotic and grotesque and a sweet but thin voiced Matt Willis charms as the rather superfluous Prince. As in classical ballet, this is all about the women and, even by previous lead Idina Menzel's standards, they are in soaring form here.
|Venue name:||Apollo Victoria||Contact:|
|Price:||£15-£90. Runs 2hrs 45mins|
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:40
- 4 star:19
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:5
- 1 star:3
We went to last Saturday night‘s show. The theatre is directly opposite Victoria tube station so easy to get to and find. We got to the theatre at 7.15pm which allowed plenty of time.
I really enjoyed this fun show - Emma Hatton is a great Elphaba, with an amazing voice! Best moment for me was the 'Defying Gravity' number just before the interval. I did sometimes struggle hearing the words in some songs but the story itself was easy to keep up with and there were many good references to the Wizard of Oz film! The cast was great and the costumes were stunning!
I didn't leave this show feeling speechless as I did when I went to see the Lion King but I did thoroughly enjoy it and would recommend it!.
Saw the show last night with my 10 year old boy and we both loved it - it was such a treat. All actors were amazing, voices were great and the lighting and stage sets also amazing but the costumes were something else. Great work the Wicked team - excellent execution we loved it.
Slow and meandering first half. Didn't stick around after the interval.
Lacked pizazz or any sort of wickedness! Wasn't what I was expecting.
I have seen this show 4 times and it never gets old. The costumes are amazing, like the set, and the cast + ensemble is phenomenal!
A pretty good production with a very convincing Elphaba, I definitely wouldn't say I had the best seats in the building, but even from my obscure position in the audience, I still could enjoy the stunning voices of most of the cast (particularly Emma Hatton who played Elphaba). I even cried when she sang 'Defying Gravity' - so i think this one is a winner!
It was a great show and the music was spellbinding. The leading actresses had exceptional voices. A great night out!
Wicked is a fun and enjoyable show and the music is excellent. What we like about the whole experience is that now we understand the back story of the Wizard of Oz! Even though it is fantasy this play is like an “ah ha!“ moment. You learn about the relationships of all the characters in Wizard. We went on line and purchased tickets several months before we attended the play, I believe that is the best way to attend. By the way, they have a lot of nice items on sale in the foyer in case your children like souvenirs.
I've seen over 30 musicals and so far this one is the best. Highly recommend it for anyone. Great show, music, actors, story line everything was so wonderful. Also very funny.
I took the entire family (including grandparents) and no one was disappointed! Singing, dancing and performances were on the highest level. It's a must if you haven't seen it yet!!
Exquisite costumes; well staged; sensational settings and lighting; marvellous acting and singing....extremely enjoyable...would recommend to all.
The performance and the staging war amazing. The music and songs itself didn't give me the creeps as in other musicals I've seen. But still, it was worth seeing!
The staging is good and scenery. However the songs are very bland and forgettable. It's very American and slushy. I've seen better
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I have been waiting for years to see this and now I've finally moved to London, I'm getting my theatre on! This production is truly magical. I had THE biggest smile throughout the performance. I feel really lucky to have been able to watch Willemijn Verkaid and Savannah Stevenson perform together. What a fantastic casting combo! The singing was out of this world. So many 'goosebump' moments. The comedy was perfectly timed and the story itself blew me away. If you haven't seen this........ Go and see it!
The songs are fantastic, the stage was magnificent and it was captivating and enjoyable throughout. Thoroughly recommend.
Fantastic story line, brilliant songs,amazing performances by the cast. It all made a really enjoyable evening of entertainment. This show is a must see - the best musical I have seen so far.
This was my first musical and I brought my brother who is 14 years old along with me. I was worried that he would not understand as it is not the sort of thing he (nor I) is used to. Once it started, there was no turning back. The atmosphere was amazing, the actors and actresses were great, everything about it was breathtaking. I am so amazed by the quality of the performance, especially since they were singing live. I was almost convinced that the music was not played by a live band only to be proven wrong after the show when I went to check out the box where the band was playing. It was just one of the best things I have ever experienced in my life, so much so that I might just have caught the musical bug. One thing I loved the most was how the audience can acknowledge the crowd right after every performance so the performers can feel the appreciation right away, and deservedly so. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and anyone. It is worth every single pound that goes into the ticket price, hotel price and travelling price. It is just that good.
Last night at Wicked, i was literally blown away by the new cast, especially the Dutch actress Willemijn Verkaik who is the only actress to have performed the role of Elphaba in three languages. She brings a real quikryness to the role and that voice - WOW. Savannah Stevenson is an excellent Glinda and Jeremy Taylor has those boyish looks to charm us all, no wonder Elphaba and Glinda both battle to win his affections. Lastly, Sue Kelvin is probably the best Madame Morrible I have ever seen. Wicked just happens to be a consistently popular show, and its great to hear the audience roar at the end of acts 1 and 2
I went with my whole family and we all enjoyed it very much. We thought it was all very well done and loved the characters and the singing.
Greaty show, fabulous costumes, great singing but somehow was not wowed by wicked... could be we were high up in the dress circle ... not great seats. We did not have a great view and could not really get into the charactors of the show ... shame really as was a family Christmas treat .
Amazing musical, one of the best i have seen!. The singing is amazing and was a beautiful end to a great day spent in London. Would highly recommend it to anyone of any age!
Superb production values and an intriguing plot. The songs aren't that well-known though, so not one for a sing-a-long. Overall well worth seeing.
enjoyed the show immensely. Have seen many west end and broadway shows but this was one of the best. Time Out instructions to get there were spot on !