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Wicked named ‘Best Theatre Production For Schools’ by teachers at 2016 School Travel Awards

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WICKED, which is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until November 4, 2017, has been voted Best Theatre Production for Schools by teachers at the 2016 School Travel Awards.

Nominated by teachers as a production that ‘excites, inspires and entertains’ with a ‘message that students could relate to’, the show was also recognised for ‘supporting subject teaching and offering the option of bookable workshops.’

Katy Holmes, Music and Drama teacher at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell, south east London said:

“Congratulations to Wicked on winning this wonderful award. I would absolutely recommend the show to other teachers considering a school trip to the theatre. Visually the show is stunning and the themes of friendship, acceptance and integrity follow our school values.”

The School Travel Award – voted on by teacher readers of the School Travel Organiser’s magazine – was presented at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Fiona Bruce at London’s Royal Garden Hotel.

Accepting the award Christopher Warner, director of The ArtsLink, which creates and manages the education programme said: “We are honoured to accept this prestigious accolade on behalf of the producers of Wicked. Going to watch live theatre is a really important educational experience in its own right. What Wicked also offers students from Key Stage 2 right through to A Level is the opportunity to celebrate difference, as well as study incredible storytelling, stagecraft and performance.

More than 450,000 students of Drama, English and Music, as well as general school parties have been to see the show in the last decade. So from all of those onstage and backstage every night, as well as the team delivering the educational workshops and education programme by day, I want to say a massive thank you to the teachers who voted for us!”

The production’s resources for educators and young people include FREE downloadable lesson plans, as part of its comprehensive Education Programme, as well as themed Official Workshops in Anti-Bullying, Drama, Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre. In 2016, the song Defying Gravity was announced as a set text for students studying Edexcel GCSE Music.

NB: Wicked has added three extra Christmas matinees to its schedule: on Thursday, December 22, Monday, December, 26 and Thursday, December 29, 2016. All extra shows start at 2.30pm at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

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). Rachel Tucker, Anita Dobson and Katie Rowley Jones appear until Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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.