Written by UK Theatre Tickets
Based on the best-selling book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a spellbinding tale that will fascinate theatregoers of all ages. Opening in 2003 to mixed reviews it has since gone on to take Broadway by storm and it’s no wonder that over one million London theatregoers have enjoyed it so far.
The script by Winnie Holzman and music by Stephen Schwartz tell the enchanting tale of two witches, Elphaba and Glinda who go on to become the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North. Not only does the show challenge our perceptions of these characters, it draws a parallel to real life with its witty references to political figures and social norms.
The messages run deep as friendship, love, good and evil are all examined in turn and the audience is invited to think again about their preconceptions – Elphaba in particular seems not so much wicked as misunderstood. The questions we’ve all been asking are finally answered – namely how did the Lion lose his courage, and where did Scarecrow’s brain go?
Not only does the show compress Maguire’s book into a mesmerising narrative, it offers up spectacular dance numbers, soaring ballads and vocal performances that will send shivers down your spine. Coupled with incredible costumes and gravity-defying stunts, Wicked is a truly unmissable show.
Wicked Tickets are now available.
This piece was authored by UK Theatre Tickets
Date: 10 February 2009
Written by: Paul Raven
Tags: Apollo Victoria Theatre, Gregory Maguire, Stephen Schwartz, Wicked, Winnie Holzman