Wicked, the multi-award winning West End and Broadway musical will resume performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London from 15 September 2021. Tickets for the new booking period, which runs through to Sunday 22 May 2022, will go on sale on Monday 17 May 2021.
The iconic musical – seen by over 10 million people in London alone – celebrates its 15th anniversary in its West End home this year. Based on Gregory Maguire’s multi-million-copy bestseller, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West it features music and lyrics by legendary composer Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, creator of the landmark American television series My So-Called Life.
Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Maguire wrote the novel whilst resident in London in 1990 against the backdrop of the emerging Gulf War. The story began to take shape as he examined the fundamental nature of good vs evil – exploring how the impact of politics, history and circumstance came to affect the choices – and stories – of the characters we believed we knew so well. The novel challenges readers to look at the beloved ‘Wizard of Oz’ tale again and consider that all may not be as it first seems.
Maguire said “While my novel is a quarter-century old, it has proven to be able to fly the distance. Every time Elphaba’s story is read – or seen on stage – or sung – something can change within us. Since no day dawns free of heartache, a story about facing down the dragons outside and inside one’s self remains timely. The costs of courage are steep – and worth paying”.
Casting for the West End production is to be revealed.
Wicked is booking from 15 September 2021 until 22 May 2022 at the Victoria Apollo Theatre, London.