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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).
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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.
|Venue name:||Apollo Victoria||Contact:|
|Price:||£19.50-£175. Runs 2hr 45min|
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
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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!.
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.
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.
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.
One of my favourite musicals.
The singing is wonderful and the cast are perfect
The set is impressive.
Worth every penny!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
It was a great show and the music was spellbinding. The leading actresses had exceptional voices. A great night out!