Flying monkeys, ruby red slippers and a tornado-topping house all make appearances in the spellbinding musical Wicked, but the show does far more than recycle the clichés that we are familiar with from the original book and Technicolor film. Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is a dizzying theatrical spectacle that subverts the well-worn story of Oz and provides a shocking backstory to explain how the Witches of Oz earned their reputations as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.
The music and lyrics in Wicked are by Stephen Schwartz, the musical theatre legend behind Godspell, Pippin, and The Baker’s Wife. He is also known for his long career writing music for films, including the Academy Award-winning song “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. The book is written by Winnie Holzman, and the production is directed by Joe Mantello, who also helmed Broadway productions of Take Me Out and Assassins.
Show Lengths and Times
Performances of Wicked take place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre every evening from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. There is an additional matinee performance on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. There are no performances on Sundays. The musical lasts for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Evening performances end at approximately 10:15pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by around 10:30pm, while matinees finish at approximately 5:15pm, and you can expect to leave the venue by 5:30pm.
Now playing until April 2015