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Wicked extends booking period

Wicked

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TICKETS for London’s record-breaking musical Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, will go on sale on Sunday, December 3, 2006 for all performances until Saturday, June 30, 2007.

As well as setting new records in the West End, Wicked continues to do so in America. Last week on Broadway (November 21 to 26, 2006), it broke its own box office record as the highest grossing show in Broadway history with a one-week gross of $1,715,155.

At the Apollo Victoria there will be no performances on December 4 or December 25, 2006. There will however, be extra matinees – on December 7, December 26 and December 29, 2006 at 2.30pm.

Previously Posted: Wicked is to take part in this year’s prestigious Royal Variety Performance on Monday, December 4, 2006, at the London Coliseum, in the presence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Idina Menzel, Helen Dallimore and the show’s company will perform two numbers – One Short Day and Defying Gravity.

The Royal Variety Performance is an annual charity event in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. This year’s show, the 78th, will be broadcast by BBC One in December.

Previously Posted: The new musical Wicked, which opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on September 27, 2006 (previews from September 7), has become London’s top grossing musical, with record-breaking attendance figures and ticket sales.

Not only did it set a new box office record during previews but has continued to set new ones ever since.

For the week ending October 28, 2006, Wicked grossed over three quarters of a million pounds (£761,125) at the box office, higher than any other current West End show. It was also the highest weekly eight performance box office gross in West End theatre history. And it was seen by 18,000 people.

Since its first public performance on September 7, 2006, it has already been seen by over 130,000 people, averaging just over 95% attendance in the 2304-seat theatre.

Since opening night, the weekly box office gross has been higher than any other West End show. For the month of October (four weeks) it has grossed nearly £2.5 million.

Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, and how one came to be called ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’.

It stars Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Helen Dallimore as Glinda, Adam Garcia as Fiyero, Miriam Margolyes as Madame Morrible, Nigel Planer as The Wizard, Martin Ball as Doctor Dillamond, James Gillan as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose.

From January 2007 the role of Elphaba will be played by Kerry Ellis.

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