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Wicked clocks up 3000 performances

Savannah Stevenson and Willemijn Verkaik. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

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THE 2.30pm performance of Wicked on Saturday, November 16, 2013, was the hit musical’s 3000th at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Now in its 8th year, Wicked surpassed the run of the original production of Evita on Wednesday, August 22, 2013 to become the 15th longest-running West End musical of all time.

The legendary Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, directed by Harold Prince, closed at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1986 having played 2900 performances.

From Monday (November 18, 2013), Wicked will star Willemijn Verkaik (as Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Sam Kelly (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda).

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “This is a fantastic milestone for the London production of Wicked. We are incredibly grateful to all those who have supported and championed the show since 2006 and thank everyone at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for all their exceptional work and dedication in delivering 3000 absolutely superb performances.”

Based on the best-selling novel, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz.

Produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone, Wicked has music and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Christmas 2013 Schedule

Monday, December 23 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 24 at 2.30pm.
Wednesday, December 25 – no performances.
Thursday, December 26 – no performance.
Friday, December 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 28 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sunday, December 29 at 2.30pm.

Monday, December 30 – no performance.
Tuesday, December 31 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Thursday, January 2 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, January 3 at 7.30pm.
Saturday, January 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until November 1, 2014.