No doubt you’ll all have at the very least heard of West End musical Wicked, the long-running production that has been seen by more than seven million people in London – and a pretty impressive 50 million people all over the world.
Numbers like that suggest this is one musical you absolutely have to see and now the acclaimed show has just celebrated its 4000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London… Congratulations!
So if you book Wicked theatre breaks what can you expect from the show? Well, the tale is based on the best-selling book by Gregory Maguire, telling the story of a deep friendship between two witches. Their adventures in the magical Land of Oz see them becoming Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West later down the line.
Even if you haven’t been to see the show yet, you’re sure to have heard one or two of the now-famous songs. Defying Gravity is perhaps the most well known of them all (thanks to star turns in TV shows like Glee) and we’d highly recommend giving it a listen, whether you’ve got tickets for Wicked yet or not. Stephen Schwartz, a multi Grammy and Academy Award winner, composed the tunes and you’ll be familiar with his work if you’re fans of the likes of Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Reviews for Wicked are always glowing. The Sunday Express described it as taking audiences “to a fantasy world of wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery and spells”, while the Daily Telegraph said it was “packed with spectacular coups de theatre and some magical lighting effects”.
Certainly sounds good to us! Now’s the time to plan your next theatre break in London, we reckon!