As Wicked celebrates 10 years at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre tonight (Tuesday 27 September 2016), it has been revealed that the UK and Ireland tour will return in February 2018, opening at the Bristol Hippodrome (with tickets on public sale from 1 February 2017).
The critically acclaimed production is currently playing at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and continues touring internationally until January 2018.
Over the past decade, Wicked has attained many accolades and achieved numerous milestones:
- Already the eighth longest running show currently playing in the West End.
- On Saturday 12 November 2016 at 2:30pm, Wicked will become the 18th longest-running show in West End theatre history, surpassing the run of the original production of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
- One of only three Broadway transfers in West End theatre history to ever run 10 years or more (the two others being Disney’s The Lion King and the 1997 revival of Chicago).
- Already seen by nearly eight million people in London alone, the production has employed more than 1,600 people.
- First show in West End history to gross more than £1,000,000 in single week (week-ending Saturday 1 January 2011). The production has gone on to break this record on many subsequent occasions, most recently during week-ending Saturday 2 January 2016.
- Almost £1 million raised for charity through its For Good programme and many other charitable endeavours, including the planting of over nearly 35,000 new trees in support of The Woodland Trust.
- Launched in 2010 with the National Literacy Trust, The Wicked Young Writer Awards, spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo and Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, has inspired the writing of over 25,000 original stories from young people across the UK. www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com
- Winner of two Olivier Audience Awards, nine WhatsOnStage Awards (including Best New Musical and Best West End Show), a Visit London Gold Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and over 100 awards worldwide.
- In celebration of Wicked’s 10th birthday, theatre owner ATG has invested in the complete refurbishment of the Apollo Victoria Theatre auditorium and front of house areas. All seats and carpets have been replaced with designs replicated from the original design of the Grade II listed venue that first opened its doors, as the New Victoria Cinema, in 1930.
Executive producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “On behalf of Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Stage Productions and all of the producers, I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of our casts, musicians and production staff who have worked so tirelessly, and with such diligence and dedication, in helping to achieve this incredible milestone. It continues to be an absolute privilege to work with so many exceptionally talented individuals and companies and we couldn’t be more proud of, and grateful to, every single one of you. And to our audiences, who have so passionately supported and championed Wicked over the past decade, we offer our deepest gratitude.”
Wicked currently stars Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Anita Dobson (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Rachel Tucker, Anita Dobson and Katie Rowley Jones appear until Saturday 28 January 2017 only.
From Monday 30 January 2017, Wicked will star Willemijn Verkaik, (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by Joe Mantello.
Through its For Good programme and other charitable endeavours, Wicked is proud to support the remarkable work of the following UK charities: Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA); the Cybersmile Foundation; the Helen Bamber Foundation; the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity; Stonewall’s ‘Education For All’ campaign; The Woodland Trust and the National Literacy Trust. Further information can be found at www.WickedForGood.co.uk.
Readers may also be interested in:
Interview – Wicked 10th anniversary – original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones on playing Nessarose
* Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until Saturday 29 April 2017. Tickets for Wicked are available HERE.