added: 26 Sep 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
WICKED, the Olivier Award-winning West End, flies into its 8th year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and announces the launch of its 16th new booking period with Wicked Tickets going on sale over a year in advance until Saturday 1 November 2014.
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.
It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kansas and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum's novel.
Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace.
Acclaimed as "one of the most popular West End musicals ever" (London Evening Standard), the London production of the global musical phenomenon has already been seen by over 5 million people since its premiere in September 2006.
Tickets have been hard to find but the new Wicked Tickets booking period has extended the run.
Wicked currently stars: Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda).
From Monday 18 November 2013 it will star: Willemijn Verkaik (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).
On at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG. Don't miss out and visit Big Ticket Shop UK (http://www.bigticketshop.co.uk/wicked-tickets.htm) to get your tickets.
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