Follow Us on Twitter

Wicked celebrates ten years in the West End

Theatre news

TONIGHT (Tuesday, September 27, 2016), Wicked, the West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, celebrates an extraordinary ten years at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Over the past decade, Wicked has attained many accolades and achieved numerous milestones to become “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (London Evening Standard):

1. Already the 8th longest running show currently playing in the West End.

2. On Saturday, November 12, 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.

3. 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).

4. Already seen by nearly eight million people in London alone, the production has employed over 1600 people, as well as multiple contractors and companies, since its London premiere.

5. First show in West End history to gross over £1,000,000 in a single week (week-ending Saturday, January 1, 2011). The production has gone on to break this record on many subsequent occasions, most recently during week-ending Saturday, January 2, 2016.

6. The multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour will return in February 2018, opening at the Bristol Hippodrome (with tickets on public sale from February 1, 2017), with further cities to be announced. The critically acclaimed production is currently playing at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and continues touring internationally until January 2018.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 (as 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). Read more.

From Monday, January 30, 2017, international Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik will return to play Elphaba (a role she has previously played to great acclaim in Germany, Holland, on Broadway and in the West End); Sue Kelvin will return to play Madame Morrible and Sarah McNicholas will join the company to play Nessarose. Read more.

Image: Suzie Mathers as Glinda and Rachel Tucker as Elphaba. Photo credit: Matt Crocket.