If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again...
When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire's acclaimed 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, re-imagined the land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900.
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba.
Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The spectacular, multi award-winning stage musical, with music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, has become the most spellbinding and successful new musical in years.
'A major hit with audiences and critics alike' (BBC News), Wicked won the 2010 Olivier Award for Most Popular Show and the 2010 and 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best West End Show.
The Evening Standard raved: 'A wicked and wonderful vision of Oz. A remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations, Wicked works like a dream.'
First opened in 1930, the Apollo Victoria is one of the finest examples of art deco design in the UK and was stunningly restored prior to the arrival of Wicked from Broadway in 2006. Originally built as a cinema, this majestic 2300 seat venue offers patrons a first-class theatregoing experience and was named the West End's 'Most Comfortable Theatre' (The Stage) and 'Favourite London Venue' (lastminute.com).
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WINNER OF OVER 90 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS including:
Evening Standard Theatre Award (UK) for Best Night Out
8 Whatsonstage.com Awards (UK) including Best West End Show (2011 and 2010)
The Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album
3 Tony® Awards (US) including Best Design and Best Costumes
6 Drama Desk Awards (US) including Outstanding Musical
4 Outer Critics Circle Awards (US) including Outstanding Broadway Musical
The Drama League Award (US) for Distinguished Production of a Musical
Broadwayworld.com UK Award 2010 for Best Long-Running West End Show
Visit London People's Choice Award 2009 for Best Family Fun
Women of the Future Award (UK) for Art and Culture
4 Mousetrap Awards (UK) including Show I'd Most Recommend (2013 and 2012)
The Dress Circle Award (UK) for The Greatest Musical
3 Lastminute.com People's Choice Awards (UK) including Best Musical
8 National Touring Broadway Awards (US) including Best Musical
21 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards (US) including Favorite New Broadway Musical (2004), Favorite Long-Running Broadway Show (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Favorite Tour (2012 and 2013)
3 Broadwayworld.com Awards (US) for Best Long-Running Broadway Show (2011 and 2012) and Best Touring Production (2012)
1 Eddy Award (US)
7 Carbonnel Awards (US) including Best Production
1 Helen Hayes Award (US)
2 Ovation Awards (US)
6 Helpmann Awards (Australia) including Best Musical
4 Green Room Awards (Australia)
3 Musicals Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (Germany) including Best Musical
The Radio Regenborgen Award (Germany) for Best Musical
Wicked was also named Best Musical of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly