Wicked review

Theatre, West End Apollo Victoria , Victoria Until Saturday May 25 2019
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Wicked review
© Matt Crockett

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The musical witches of this 'Wizard of Oz' prequel are still casting a spell over the West End

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. After its 2006 opening at 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.

This review is from 2015. The current cast of 'Wicked' is 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).

Check offical website for full cast details.

How to get cheap tickets: a limited number of front row stalls day seats for night’s performance will go on sale at the box office every morning from 10.30am, priced £29.50 each. In person only.

By: Honour Bayes


Venue name: Apollo Victoria
Address: 17
Wilton Road
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Rail/Tube: Victoria
Price: £19.50-£175. Runs 2hr 45min
Event website: http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk
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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!.

I saw the show from cheap seat on the far side of the stalls. The one downside was the loud speakers right in front of the seat (I had to put on some headphones to block some of the sound). However, the show was amazing! 

Wicked was a great show with interesting storyline and moral. The show had a happier ending than the book, which I actually really enjoyed.

The obvious moral is not to judge someone by their appearance (both the Wicked Witch and the prince turn out to be more than their appearances might imply). The show also hints that people shouldn't blindly trust in authority figures -- the wicked witch originally believes too much in her headmistress and Oz. Finally, I love how the story touches on character development and why it's worth befriending even the most unlikable people. No one is completely evil, just as no one is wholly good.


This is the prequal to the Wizard of Oz. The storyline is so well done you could actually believe it came before the Wizard of Oz.

The songs are all catchy and breath taking. You could easily listen to them before the show and still be spell bound when watching the two leading ladies totally hit every single note. 

The costumes are amazing and the monkeys are so life like they scared me quite a lot. 

I wouldnt actually recommend the front of the stalls. Sitting further back is better as you get to see the bigger picture plus theres a lot of spit that comes from the singers when they are defying gravity. 

You will leave wishing you could sing half as well as the cast. 

In saw this on Valentines day with my girlfriend. Our experience was great! apart from the seats we chose. Which weren't that good in the middle to the side right. The story was great and we enjoyed the show. Only problem was the seats. My vision failed me. they were the cheaper seats. We got pins afterwards.


I just saw Wicked this week, few months before they close out in London. I can practically sing along to most of the songs as they've all become so popular. Defying gravity is amazing. Also I went home and watched the original Wizard of Oz immediately - and the story tie ins are solid. 

Had the opportunity to watch this show Friday 9th Feb 2018 Evening Show - it was brilliant. I first saw the show in 2010 I think and was wow'd back then, but I found myself spirited away in this magical story again with the gift of both Glinda & Elphaba singing there hearts out which was spot on and full of emotion complimenting each other.

I have to say I lost myself in Elphaba's (Aimée Fisher) performance reducing me to tears a couple of times and been blown away especially listening to the Gravity......

The special effects, lighting, sound and scenery were magical and the costumes were so beautiful especially the emeral city costumes. I particularly loved the wizard special effects/scenery which was larger than life.

The seat's I had (in the stalls) were perfect and brilliant visually and good audio. Considering this was a late booking - the box office were really


Before going home I waited near the stage door for a time and observed Aimée Fisher spend time with a number of 'fans' who had patiently waited especially for her and were obviously not disappointed like myself. She clearly made one young girls day by signing the programme and talking the time to both to talk to her and answer questions. Aimée Fisher (Elphaba) was so humble. What a brilliant night and I can't wait to go again taking my youngest daughter to see this fantastic show.


I have mixed-feelings for Wicked. The cast is amazing, everyone has a powerful and beautiful voice, the costume are also impressive, vivid, full of details and shiny. The play itself disappointed me a bit because I find the story too predictable and similar to many other. IMHO some songs were too long and similar so after the first minute I was bored. 

I'm glad to have seen it because it is one of the longest running show in London and it was on my watchlist since a while. 

We found this show very disappointing and really not worth the money. The sound quality was poor, so one could not hear the words clearly. It was very frustrating and We would certainly not recommend or go back to this theatre.


Wicked gives you so much – a big cast, exotic, colourful scenery, banging tunes – that you get so much bang for your buck! It has stood the test of time and is just as hilarious and entertaining as it was ten years ago. Go see it, it’s Wickedly amazing!


I really wanted to like Wicked after all of the rave reviews but I just don't think this show was for me. It took me a while to get into the storyline and, even then, I was just waiting for the show to end. I went in completely blind only knowing a few lines from some of the more famous songs so perhaps this contributed to my lacklustre reaction. I have friends who have literally seen this multiple times and it's clearly a popular choice but I just found it a tad too cheesy and overrated for my liking.

One of my favourite musicals.

The singing is wonderful and the cast are perfect

The set is impressive.

Worth every penny!


The singing is fabulous, the story of the two witches from different backgrounds is well portrayed. Impressive set, love the dragon. So much care and thought has gone into this production and hands down is one of the best! I went during Christmas time, was a sellout, would love to go back.


This is the best musical on at the moment by far. Not a lot of shows have what this one has, great set, story, songs, costume, choreography and fantastic actors. The songs are actually memorable, one of few I've actually bought the soundtrack of. If you want value for your money this show is hard to beat!

Looks great, shame about the story-line. Songs are less than memorable and a fair bit of the dialogue and singing is screechy. The plot lost me in places or maybe I just didn't care. Overall nothing to write home about. Cannot see for the life of me why it won so many awards


I am a big musicals fan but for some reason I just didn't click with this one. Not sure if it's because I didn't know any of the songs... or if I didn't love the storyline... but it is my least favourite show that I've seen in London. Les Mis, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia are all miles better.... Sorry!!

As the grinch that stole musicals, I was not expecting to enjoy wicked half as much as I did.. though I guess my knowledge was mainly based on the out of tune, half word versions of the songs that I often heard teenage girls singing. HOWEVER, cynics - it is a fantastic set, catchy tunes, and it can't but warm the cockles of your cold heart. Even if you don't think it will be your cup of tea, I highly recommend it - embrace the cheese and enjoy the show.


A mind-blowing spectacular musical!

Such an incredible and captivating show full of magic and wonder of Oz.

At first I wasn't expecting to see a show like this. It's a great twist to the story of the Wizard of Oz.

It's right next to Victoria station which is excellent for whoever is travelling and it's one of the best, well-known shows that continuously blows the people and tourists of London. It's a magnificent globe of a theatre with so many seats that intertwine around the show.

The stand out piece of the show for me and for many others is definitely 'Defying Gravity'. It blew me out of this world. The costumes are intricately special, the shine and sparkle are fascinating.

The story was incredibly beautiful, I wasn't expecting the Wicked Witch to have passed such a horrible and devastating story and life.

I still can't believe that this show at the Apollo Victoria has always a full house. So many people around the world are interested and want to know the story and find out for themselves the true beauty and love of being who you are and not being ashamed of it. We all are different in so many ways. We have to learn to embrace it and love ourselves. Go and experience this wickedly inspiring show.

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This is one of the most notorious day seat queues in London, and also one of the most popular shows in general. This used to be the top musical production before the likes of Mathilda and Book of Mormon. The cast is notoriously strong with big names having played the lead roles in the past. The current stars are excellent as well. Emma Hatton is a small lady with a huge voice and this is the reason why she brings down the house night after night. Savannah Stevenson plays an amazingly annoying but eventually lovable Glinda as well. I think the set is one of the best in London and the costumes are also wonderfully made. This is definitely one of the top shows in London and there is no wonder it is one of the longer running shows.

I spontaneously bought tickets for it, but I am glad in the end there was no regrets and I absolutely loved the show. 
At first I was worried, because I can't recall Wizard Of Oz at all. But not to worry- as it is a back story of a back story I didn't have any problems because of that.

Enjoyed the show 100% and loved the relatable characters and great performances.


I have to be honest, when a friend wanted to go for her birthday, this wasn't very high up my musical list to see, and sorry to admit I've never been that fussed with the Wizard Of Oz fandom....and then I saw Wicked.

It's such a visual treat if money were no issue I'd love to watch it again and again from different seats, the songs are so good you will find yourself turning to 'Defying Gravity' on a sad day, plus the different take on the whole Oz story is a fun different approach.

100% worth the hype!


Full disclosure, I'm not a big fan of musicals. It is entertaining and has some memorable songs. The first half of the play is very entertaining and kept me engaged. Unfortunately the second half loses it's way a little and the pace drops, which caused me to drop-off momentarily.

You can get very well priced seats and every view in the auditorium is excellent so it's the kind of show that can be seen on a cheap and cheerful evening.


I have now seen this show 3 times, and with each viewing my love for it gets stronger and larger.  The story is familiar but unique, the score catchy and impressive, and the acting and talent mind blowing. It has to be, with the incredible powerful high notes required of Elphie and Glinda (notes I have repeatedly tried to hit whilst in my car to a high level of embarrassing failure!) - without fail I have had goosebumps and a lump in my throat as Defying Gravity reaches it's climax.

The costume and set have meticulously designed to really transport you to the world being inhabited on the stage. The costumes are dazzling and clever, and I adore the use of animatronics - the giant, unmissable dragon that lures over the stage is frightening and impressive.

If you have read the book that this show is based on be safe in knowing that there are significantly less animal sex sacrifices in this performance (if you haven't read the book, i'd actually advise against it... it's weird, and very dark!) and is definitely appropriate for a younger audience as well as the more mature. A knowledge of what went down in The Wizard of Oz is recommended, just so you can pick up on the subtle sub-plot and context that goes on. It's extremely clever and humorous when you get it!

I'd recommend this show to everyone, and luckily there are often some very good price deals around the net so you can take the fam for less than £20 each which I think is pretty good considering the quality of the show. Sadly the quality of pre-theatre restaurants in Victoria is pretty lacking so i'd suggest enjoying dinner closer to Covent Garden if you want to grab a really good meal before hand.

Loved this show, the songs were great, all the ain actors have amazing voices!! 


Most musicals I go to I know the songs - Lion King, Oliver, Calamity Jane, Grease - however with Wicked I hadn't heard the songs before, I didn't really know the story line and basically had no clue what I was letting myself in for. I wasn't particularly excited because of this but my friend wanted to go for her birthday and boy am I glad I went. I came out grinning from ear to ear, humming the songs and wanting to talk to anyone and everyone about the story line (you won't think about Wizard of Oz in the same light again). The stage set was stunning, the actors were brilliant and the songs are the best - goosebumps throughout. I can't recommend this musical enough and I can't wait to see it again. Be warned when booking the tickets a restricted view really does mean a restricted view - I had neck ache from craning over the bars at the front of the circle but it was so worth it!


After many years in London, I finally got the chance to see Wicked at the Apollo Theatre. It was absolutely phenomenal! The production was amazing with an outstanding cast and fabulous decor. As soon as the show starts, you are transporting to the magical World of Oz. My only disappointment was that our seat was quite high and it was sometimes hard to see details. But I would definitely recommend this show as it's one of the must-do when you are in London. You'll be absolutely not disppointed! 


As a child I was always amazed by the story of Dorothy and Toto, the Lion who wanted courage, the Tinman who wanted a a heart and the Scarecrow who wanted a brain, so when I bought tickets to see Wicked, I couldn't contain my excitement. I had read all the reviews, most of which were 5 stars and outstanding, so I knew I was in for a right old treat!

Arriving at Victoria I was greeted by the mass of road works which I had completely forgotten about. I managed to negotiate my way around them though, and arrived at the entrance - the large green illuminated sign calling me like a beacon...

Once I grabbed a drink and found my seat, I settled in for what I could only describe as the most amazing show I have ever seen. The voices were incredible, and when the crescendo moment of Defying Gravity started to build, so did the goosebumps! The cast did an amazing job of transporting me back to being a small child, totally in love with the story. A standing ovation was almost not enough to give this show what it deserved.

Honestly I couldn't recommend this show enough - I urge everyone to go and see 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. 


Follow the yellow brick road down to the Apollo Theatre, Victoria to watch this sensational show. With a brilliant cast, stage scenery and catchy tunes, this is one is a real crowd pleaser. It's a real family show but with some adult humour to keep the parents amused. 


Hands down one of my favourite London theatre performances! We saw it around Christmas time which I think was just magical in itself, but the musical production and the actors and actresses did an absolutely fantastic job of bringing the story to life in such a magical and spectacular way. I was lucky enough to get front-row on the day tickets for approx £29 each. I began queuing outside the theatre at around 8.30/8.45am on the morning of the performance, and there was already a handful of people ahead of me - so it may be advised to get there even earlier in the summertime. I was lucky to get the last 2 seats on the front-row. There was a slight neck stretch being so close but apart from that it was amazing being so close to the stage. The theatre is located a stones throw away from Victoria station (aside from all the construction work in Victoria right now), which makes it so convenient to get home after an evening performance. There are also plenty of great restaurants and bars in the area if you wanted to grab a pre-dinner meal or drink. I would recommend this performance as a must-see for all.


I've seen this now, not once but twice.  Admittedly, the second time I saw it was not as good as the first because the actors had changed - so your enjoyment of the night will definitely depend on who is on stage.

For those who have no idea, the story line is what happens in the lead up to the Wizard of Oz and tells the story behind Elphaba (wicked witch).  It's a brilliant take on a classic tale, and I almost wish they did the same thing for all the evil characters in story-tales.

There are plenty of places to eat nearby that offer theatre deals, so if you're thinking of making a night of it - definitely possible! 

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As a fan of the Wizard of Oz' tales, I was very curious to see what the production put on stage to explain why the Witch of East became the nasty one and the witch of west the good one... This show is extremely amazing!! i saw it 8 times in the past 6 years!! the costumes are outstanding, the story heartbreaking and the performance of Elphaba breathtaking! This is probably the BEST show in the west end!!! Let the story take you through Munchkinland  and the Emerald City...

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I saw this a very long time ago and so my review may be a little dated in terms of cast for sure. That aside, the story, production and songs will be all the same hehe

It was the song 'defying gravity' that had made me want to see this, that and I am a massive fan of 'The Wizard of Oz' and wanted to see the story of the wicked witch. I was very impressed on the interpretation of who the wicked witch really was and how she became wicked...or not. 

Defying Gravity was my favourite song and it was sung incredibly, oh how I love that last note. It's a fun and colourful musical. I would say one that the family would love as well as a few who like a good musical with great songs and good humour. 

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!

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I'm so surprised that everyone loves this show, but they seem to so I'll try not dampen spirits.

I would say that the songs aren't exactly pop bangers, a little schmaltzy perhaps and more inline with a Disney movie than a stage show for adults, so if that's not your sort of thing maybe save the quids.

I also think the costume and staging needs a re-vamp, the steampunk victoriana styling is a little jarring in 2015 and is dating rapidly, for me it dates the whole set which has some impressive transformations.


I absolutely loved this show, I have been dying to see it for so long and I recently just got the chance. It is very cleverly written and the plot is really captivating at is completley different from what you would expect. The cast was all very good, and even though it was a little strange to hear the songs I've heard for so long sung in another accent, they did an amazing job.


My favourite musical! I've seen this three times now and i can't fault it at all! I love it each time! I get so drawn in by the fantastic singing!

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!


A beautiful story told with some incredible staging and songs.  A few of the big hits have become popular from other shows but there is much more to Wicked than those few songs!  The acting is fantastic and the costumes are stunning.  One for all the family, even if you haven't seen Wizard of Oz in a few years (I would definitely make sure anyone going has seen it at some point though!).  Not the best show in London but definitely top 5! 


Everything a traditional musical should be - huge numbers, amazing staging and a sensational story that will transport you to Oz for a few magical hours. 


Having been fortunate enough to have seen quite a few shows in London, I have to stay I think this is the most over rated. I feel like I must have missed something because I really can't see what all the fuss is about!

Didn't seem to be much of a storyline and is it just me or do all the songs sound exactly the same but with different words?! (Not that you can understand the words anyway!)

Would have probably given one star but the extra one is for Defying Gravity, the only famous song from the show, which was performed very well.


I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this show was! I admit being a bit sceptical about the it beforehand (I’m not into stories about witches for about 20 years now), but a combination of great performance, cleaver production and engaging plot and it all worth it!
Wicked is especially great choice for a family evening out, but don't let your age stop you - there is something in it for everyone!


This is official my first 5 start review ever (I pretty sure...).

Amazing musical, beautify story and stunning voices, I was absolutely speechless.

I'm fortunate to have seen many of the musical in London and Wicked is now my favorite.

Please go and see it and in the end join the rest of the audience in a standing ovation because I'm sure it will happen. :)


I've seen Wicked four times on the West End and once in LA. It's unfair to expect the West End to live up to the first amazing experience of it, but the cast does a pretty good job. 

I love the story and the songs - for me both get five stars. 

The current leads are excellent, with Tucker in particular bringing gusto to the role of Elphaba, and Glinda too is very good. The supporting cast, however, could be better, as both Madame Morable and Fiero don't bring as much charm to the stage as perhaps they could. I find both rather grating.

The theatre is massive. I wouldn't pay extra for the centre/middle rows of the stalls; as it's an old cinema there is quite a slope and even as quite a tall adult it was difficult to see the stage over the head of the person in front.

A good London experience but don't pay over the odds. 


Great acting and stunning set of voices. A must-see show!

I'm not the biggest fan of musicals, but given what I have heard about it, (mostly very positive), I decided to give it a go.

The theatre is small but you do get a good view of the stage. I was up in the gods, and other than the acoustics being a little load at times, I was happy with the seat. The story is a little on the thin side and a tad cliche. But, the actors and staging was decent.

For a non musical fan, there are plenty of laughs to enjoy and it is worth a trip. Plenty of good deals on at the moment too.

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Did I watch the same show as everyone else?!

It was all I could do not to walk out after the first five minutes of this tosh. The story line was vapid, the acting and singing brought me close to tears for all the wrong reasons. I managed to glue myself to my seat for the second half, convinced that it had to get better after the interval - but no, the second half was even worse. 

Having said that, it's clear that I am alone in my thoughts so go and see it for yourself and make up your own mind!

It was a great show and the music was spellbinding. The leading actresses had exceptional voices. A great night out!

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