19 October 2017
WICKED SURPASSES THE RUN OF ‘WE WILL ROCK YOU’ TO BECOME THE 15TH LONGEST RUNNING SHOW IN LONDON THEATRE HISTORY
WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will tonight (19 October 2017) play its 4660th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, surpassing the run of We Will Rock You to become the 15th longest running show in London theatre history.
“The gravity-defying Wizard of Oz prequel” (Time Out London) is also now the 8th longest running show currently playing in the West End and the 5th longest running musical.
Now in its 12th year, WICKED has already been seen by over 8.5 million people in London alone and won over 100 major awards around the world, including ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (including ‘Best West End Show’ on three occasions) and two Olivier Audience Awards in the UK.
WICKED currently stars Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) 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 Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.