The final surprise in my girlfriends 30th birthday bonanza and the best surprise of the weekend. The costumes, the singing, the acting was all fantastically well done and the venue looked like it was made for this show. Let me set the scene.
We open on a spacious lobby with a bar on one side with lovely decor and a bar on one side. We are taken down the stairs to the underground theatre and open up to a lovely stage with a dragon over it. The singing was fantatic, so clear and the acting was great too.
Ti tie up, go see it, go see it NOW!!! You wont be sorry
The show was INCREDIBLE and the cast / crew and orchestra did an amazing job! I would give it 5 stars but the venue only had one ladies room that I could find and the line was Suuuuuper long during intermission causing me to miss the first little bit of the second half :(
Needless to say that's the ONLY thing I could say that isn't all the way thumbs up-ish! My seat was in the circle section B25 and the view was awesome -- slight obstruction by a safety rail but it was no biggie for me to dodge it when necessary.
the costumes are stunning / the music of course awesome / and this particular cast did a great job honoring the script and incredible creative legacy of the original cast :)
As another reviewer mentioned before, the UK production leaves room for a lot of improvement.
After seeing the Broadway production and the Mexican production, I can only say this one comes very short. Actors fare OK, but singing is definitely not their strength. And for such a monumental musical that Wicked is, and the standard that's been set by Broadway's production, this one just comes out being mediocre.
If you've got the opportunity, choose Broadway's production.
Well worth every penny! I have heard amazing things about the play in general, but seeing it live and for the first time in London was pure magic. We were able to eat dinner at Cafe Italian across the street before the show. Thankfully, we got our will call tickets before Cafe Italian (60 min before show) because when we showed up to the theater 20 min before the show, the will call line was pretty long.
The actors were fabulous. No weak links. Show runs about 3 hours long.
Great show! :)
Hmm...I really wanted to like this. In fact, this is one of the shows I've most been looking forward to in the last few years and could finally get some cheaper tickets with the 'Get Into London Theatre' deal. Unfortunately though, perhaps my expectations were too high or maybe this just isn't as good as I thought it would be.
We got the tickets half price but I have to say, if we had paid full-price I would have been a bit upset (we had Circle seats). The theatre is very big and if you're not on the ground, I think your experience is very different. There was definitely a lot more cheering and laughing from below and I can only guess it's because from our seats we could barely make out the actors' faces so we weren't as impacted by their facial expressions.
The musical itself is a good story, moves along quite well, and is entertaining with great songs. However, this production is inconsistent. Maybe it was an off night but I felt like for most of the first half the chorus was not harmonizing well and the dancing choreography was stale and lacked energy. I sometimes felt like I was watching a high school production. I don't know if it was a problem with the audio but I was not impressed with most of the singing. The actress playing Elphaba was the only one who impressed and even then she was inconsistent. The actress playing Glinda overacted to the point where it was irritating and the actor playing Fiyero was a good actor but had barely any voice. Having listened to the original Broadway soundtrack (and being a huge fan of Idina Menzel), I can't help but see that this production comes nowhere near that.
On the positive side, a lot of the props such as the dragon and the sets were entertaining. Also, the supporting characters Madame Morrible, Nessarose, and the wizard are quite good. Finally, the costumes are well done.
I hate being harsh but I just felt let-down by this and given that the tickets are rarely on sale and it's sold out all the time, I think maybe the hype is overshadowing the fact that the production is mediocre.
This show was so much fun. The costumes - ooh the poufy dresses and whacky coats!! - were incredible. I don't think I saw the same crazy silhouette more than once, even when the entire cast seemed to be on stage, munchkins, witches, extras and all. The lead actresses had amazing voices, and the entire theatre was transformed to be the perfect glittering setting for a night in Oz. Not the mention the storyline is so clever that I was guessing at what new twist would be revealed next.
The seats are stacked upwards at somewhat of a steep angle so If you have any feelings of vertigo, it may not be the best venue, but I also think this means the majority of seats have a pretty nice view of the stage no matter where you buy. The seats are also not very big - juuust enough hip width and leg room for me. But on the bright side (since I thought it was too chilly that evening) this means that the theatre feels nicely warm cozy. I did see others who seemed to be almost too hot and fanning themselves - but luckily for them, there were plenty of ice cream vendors strategically located throughout the theater at intermission. Tricky tricky...
I love musicals and have been waiting an age to see this. My boyfriend surprised me with tickets and so I've had a few weeks to get excited! We were sitting in the stalls row U and I was amazed that he got the tickets for £38 - it was the perfect view. I agree with others that it may feel a bit cramped, but it is an old London theatre and I always expect to be a little squashed. (Lucky for us no one was sitting near us, so we could dump all our stuff on a spare seat!).
Anyway...the show was amazing! I loved how green Elphaba was! I loved the songs, and there were only one or two that didn't interest me as much as the rest.
I think that this is a must for any fan of musicals and I'm already planning a return visit now I know what to expect. x
I think the fact I've seen this show 8 times speaks for itself.
Wicked is a pretty incredible theatrical experience. Since it's opening in London 7 years ago, I've seen every cast change, bar one, and I've loved it even more every time I've seen it.
Based on the Gregory Maguire novel, it's a spin on The Wizard of Oz from the witches points of view. The two leading characters Glinda and Elphaba, or Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West, take centre stage in this take on a classic.
The music, the singing, the set and the overall performance are always incredible, and it's definitely a must see show. There's a cast change coming up in November. Looks like it'll be 9 soon!
I'm going to say it...i'm not a musical kinda girl. They're just not for me.
Unwittingly i was dragged to see Wicked the musical but it proved far more enjoyable than i dared to have hoped.
I loved it, i was grasped by Elphaba and Glinda's story. The set and costumes are well thought out and don't even get me started on the songs. I'm still singing 'defying gravity'.
If you're in London and short of things to do, i highly recommend seeing a West End show anyway but Wicked is the must!
I've seen Wicked five times, including on Broadway, and the West End production was hands-down the best!
First, I loved the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It was grand, yet intimate, and it provided the best views I've ever seen. All the theatre staff were delightful too. We arrived about 2 minutes after the opening, so we had to wait out in the hall for about 15 minutes. The attendants were really nice and helped us to a window where we wouldn't miss any of the show.
The show was the same great performance I've come to expect, but I loved the slight nuances that these actors brought to the script. The funny moments were funnier, the sad moments were sadder, and the singing was top notch.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but seeing Wicked was my favorite part of visiting London!
With £15 tickets I wasn't expecting much especially as from the view at our seats it felt like we'd need a telescope to see anything. However I was pleasantly surprised at being able to see and hear every part of the amazing production. What really astounded me about this show was the ability of the production to make it feel like you were part of the story and become completely lost in the moment. I wouldn't usually write such a deep and meaningful review but I really must encourage ALL to go and watch! I'll definitely be back.
Initially I bought tickets to see this show for my daughters 8th birthday. To be honest though, the production was so enjoyable I think I liked it as much if not more than she did.
As well as being a fantastic musical there is also quite a lot of honour in here. Some of it more subtle than others.
The show is held at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Even though the theatre was only built in the 1920's I still love being in and looking around places like this. It really is an impressive place.
The theatre is literally about one minutes walk from Vitoria Train Station so transport to this show couldn't be easier.
The first time I watched Wicked, it instantly made it's way up to the #1 spot of all the theatre productions I'd ever seen. 16 of them later, it's still in my top 3 favorites.
The witty script (and the humor with political undertones), the set, the music, the costumes... all spectacular.
Such a clever twist on the Wizard of Oz.
In London, my wife and I watched Wicked twice. The first was with me and her. The second time, I took my mother and sister (Lynda) to see the show with us.
Each time, we loved it more. The wit and character development were truly great. On top of that, the music was amazing.
I would truly recommend this musical. If it comes to the states, we will definitely make arrangements to see it a third time!
I have been to quite a few musicals in my day and I have to say that Wicked is the best by far!
I'm almost angry at myself for waiting as long as I did to see this show. It has played all over the US, but it took a trip across the pond to get me to bite the bullet and finally see it. I'm by no means a fan of 'The Wizard of Oz,' so I was reluctant despite all the rave reviews and accolades.
The music, staging and casting were beyond amazing. The songs surpassed those of typical musicals. It was actual music that I would want to hear outside of the theater. Both of the lead actresses had amazing voices and each had magnificent stage presence!
I can't wait to see this musical again and again, it's that good. I can't sing the praises of this show enough. Pun intended!
Fabulous show! The singing, choreography, and set are just fantastic, and the Apollo is a great venue to see it in. I took a gamble on cheap seats, but I needn't have worried; the construction of the theatre makes it such that you have a really good view almost anywhere you sit. It is an older theatre, so my knees did feel just a bit cramped by the end of the show, but you can stretch during intermission and shake it off.
This production was absolutely fantastic. We were trying to catch a wide variety of shows in the city or we would have probably come back here again and again. Be sure to bring some extra cash so you can get some snacks during intermission!
As with most London productions, either be on the floor or in the front of the first balcony. TKTS provides same day discounted tickets.
This was my second musical, and a step up from the last one. The musical itself is absolutely brilliant, very well directed and produced, well worth a watch - but there's probably not much more I can write that hasn't already appeared in the new yorker and the times.
Got a ticket for 30 pounds, not bad since they charge quite a bit more in NYC or even DC - view was quite good, center balcony. I have to complain, though, about the seats. They're made for people with extremely short legs it seems.
All in all, good way to spend a sat night.
Really good show, i've seen it twice now and love everything about it. The music is wonderful, the story is clever, the acting is great, the singing is angelic.
I would go again and again.
I'm not a connoisseur of theater but you don't have to be to recognize how incredible this production is. Rachel Tucker was an incredibly Elphaba..I keep replaying her version of Defying Gravity on Youtube. Great story and music... I didn't want it to end! I would absolutely see this again. Also I sat in the stalls (row S, seat 43, price 32.50GBP) and I thought it was a great value. I don't think I'd want to be in the balcony after having this seat! Also love the location - right outside the Victoria station so it was really easy to find and I felt safe on my own going to and coming from the show.
Highly, highly recommend!
Show was fantastic, but the theaters leg room was excruciatingly painfully limited. I'm only 5 9" and I cant imagine a tall guy making it through the entire performance without kicking the person in front of them right out of their chair so they could stretch their legs. One of those "ahhhhh I really needed that!" moments where you just dont care that you just hurled some poor unsuspecting patron over the balcony.
So considering this show has been in London for nearly 7 years now, and I have seen it at least 3 times (clearly not enough) it is beyond me that I haven't managed to review it yet.
So here I go....
Wicked is definitely a must see show. The staging, set and cast are spectacular, it is well choreographed, vocally strong and actually an interesting and quite poignant story whether you are a fan of Wizard of Oz or not. If you are you will spot some things in the story that tie in very cleverly.
Wicked is based on the book of the same name by Gregory Maguire which is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz tells of how Glinda (she starts the show off a Galinda - quite witty!!) and Elphaba (the green one) become who they are through their developing friendship at University. If you have read the book and liked it, don't expect to see it on stage, many elements that make the book so good are not used or brushed over as smaller plot devices (animal rights, fiyero, oil!!! Book readers know what I'm talking about!!) But it does however relate the age old story of two people from different backgrounds finding friendship in each other but ultimately choosing different paths that will change them both forever.
Music and Lyrics by the well established and brilliant Stephen Schwartz, responsible for Godspell and Pippin and wrote lyrics for Enchanted, Pocohantas and Hunchback of Notre Dame to name a few, he writes songs that are fun, moving, memorable and I can tell you, flippin' hard to sing at times. I was lucky enough to see Idina Menzel in London sing Defying Gravity and even she was tired from all that belting top F's!! She was amazing though. Currently in the role of Elphaba is Louise Dearman who I heard sing in West End Live and it was very interesting to hear how the vocals have changed in that the leads seem to have more freedom to ad lib around the tune than before. She also sang with Gina Beck who is playing Glinda at the mo and I didn't think their voices blended very well at all, especially with the British accents that have been enforced now. The stereotypical character that Glinda it (think legally blonde but with magic) does not lend itself to a British accent as it is not a stereotype that we have here.
If I was to give any negatives I would have to say I generally skip anything to do with the Wizard when I listen to the soundtrack. His character is very non-chalant and is far too laid back, hasn't quite developed the 'great and powerful Oz' and the facade behind it yet and his songs are a little annoying. And as much as Fiyero is supposed to be a hero and also the love interest, when he is introduced he is a bit of a prat really, very full of himself and flashy, and it takes his friendship with Elphaba for him to realise who he really wants to be. 'As long as You're Mine' is def a highlight though between him and Elphaba. Other negatives very much relate to the changes made from the book and it is such a shame that they decided to have a Hollywood ending than the original one in the book. It just seemed to cheapen it somewhat.
But these are very minor compared to the overall experience and like I said, a definite must for any West End fan and a good show to see even if you are unsure of the theatre. A lot to enjoy.
This show is fantastic! I genuinely laughed, cried and smiled all the way through.
The untold story of the witches from The Wizard of Oz, the show is so well written and such a clever twist on the original tale of The Wizard of Oz. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the inter woven connections and references to the other main characters from the Wizard of Oz are wonderfully done. The sets and costumes are gorgeous and I cannot get "Because I knew you" out of my head. A beautiful story about the power of friendship and kindness.
A brand-new musical always makes me nervous but Wicked was wonderful!
The enchanting story of the green with from the Wizard of Oz with regular appearances of the Wizard of Oz characters gave one a fresh view of this old favourite. An outstanding lead vocal performance carried the flag for what was a good cast with loads of talent in the acting and singing department.
The stage work was beautifully done with excellent use of lighting to create effects that underlined the story and were quick and silent in execution.
Although I was sitting in the nose-bleed seats, the view was good and the production seemed aware of the need to play for the entire audience.
Due to the nature of the play there were lots of families and children, which made the theatre a little rowdy, even for a musical. This could be overlooked though because as the lights went down you were sucked into a magical world.
Even though it is still playing out of the Apollo Victoria Theatre, it is definitely worth going to watch. When it takes a step up in the world as it inevitably will, the prices will rocket.
I so want to see this, heard nothing but good things about it. However my aunt went to see this recently and didn't quite get the storyline, think it's a bit too new, you really need a more open mind to really enjoy it.
Gotta get tickets,
This my favourite musical of all time and is what really got me interested in the theatre. The songs, acting, costumes and special effects are all world-class and i would recommend this musical to all! Kerry Ellis and Dianne Pilkington have a great chemistry which makes the story all the more spellbinding and magical
If you have to opportunity to queue up for 'day tickets'/front row seats be sure to get there WELL BEFORE 10am as the queue can often be down the street by 7am or even earlier! The front row seats are a super bargain at only £25 each and of course, the view is spectacular :D
Went to the Wednesday afternoon matinee perfomance. Full auditorium, cheering and screaming after pretty much every number.
Honestly? I didn't know what to expect, but after the first 20 or so minutes which are a little slow, the show bursts into life and it is non-stop entertainment from there.
Two female leads both stunning performances but Rachel Tucker was phenomenal. Ensemble cast are tight, story is clever and the setting effective throughout. Wanted to see this one for years and not disappointed.
I LOVED this show so much the first time that i travelled back TWO MORE times to see it!! The songs and the sets and the storyline!! Its all just so much fun. Its a great night out even if you're not a theatre lover.
It makes you smile and the cast always seems to be good. The theatre is in quite good condition, only the toilets are a little old.
As I've never particularyl been a fan od Wizard of Oz I wasn't in a rush to see this show but after good reviews from friends I bought some cheap tickets and went along.
I am now hoping to go and see it again very soon.
The story is really good at explaining the background to Wizard of Oz. The characters are enchanting and the songs are beautiful.
The set is fantastic, if not a little bit scary in places!
I would definitely recommend this show, dismiss any misgivings you may have about it and go to see it. It's not popular for no reason!
I think I may be in a minority of 1 here but I really hated the show. I had to take clients here and I am still missing those 3 hours of my life which I will never get back!
I'm sure if I'd have watched this when I was 12 I would have enjoyed it but as an adult watching I found it excruciating & was counting the minutes until the end. The story was quite predictable, the characters quite annoying & some of the voices grating.. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the dialogue & thought that whoever was writing the script could have done alot better.
Each to their own, I guess!
I went to see Wicked in November on a Wednesday afternoon. Overall it was very good especially the scenery and costumes.
The story of the Witches of Oz is very cleverly done and ties up with the main Wizard of Oz story really well. We had stalls seat which were slightly off to the side so we missed some parts of the action but very few really and it was well worth it for the price reduction compared to the best seats.
The Apollo Victoria is a great venue, quite large and very easily accessed from tube, train, coach services at Victoria.
I am a musical fanatic. I sing west-end songs in my sleep. Whenever I attend a show, I am always filled with excited anticipation as to what the lifting of the curtains will reveal. Normally, I will know the songs inside out when I see a show. However, with Wicked, I had never heard a song from it before the night of the show. I had very little idea about what it was about. All I knew was that Idina Menzel was in it.
The theatre was brimming with excitement. As the curtain went up a fantastic set was revealed, and powerful melodies began to boom their way around the historic walls, captivating all who heard them. The talent of the cast was superb, exactly what you would expect with a West End show. The story was fun and enjoyable - appealing to both children and adults alike. The costumes were as if from another universe. And the whole production made the audience feel as if they had stepped into a magical world, with imagination taking over and bright characters from childhood stories taking the limelight once more.
I loved the production so much I bought the CD, and was soon desperate to see it again. My chance arose when a date offered me tickets. Knowing he had a mild allergy to anything performing-arts related, I was a little anxious about what his reaction to a show I had raved about would be. At the interval, I turned to him, expecting the worse. However, I soon knew from the smile on his face that he was enjoy it a lot. He even kept talking about it all the way home!
This show is a great one to take children to, but also very enjoyable for the musical fanatic, as well as the musical phobic. I would definitely recommend a trip to this musical - it is money well spent!
I love musicals, but am always very sceptical of new additions to the west end family, or new takes on a very well known and well loved story. I thought I would give it a go, as I love the Apollo theatre, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised!
The costumes, sets and general atmosphere created during the production is magical, and well worth the ticket price alone. I won't give away too much of the story, but it all centres on the good witch and the wicked witch before Dorothy came to Oz. It is a moral tale, but with much humour and some fantastic songs.
I bought the soundtrack, and have been singing along ever since. I would be happy to take children and adults alike, and think it is a really great option for theatre in London.
Entertaining, riveting musical, have to see! Brilliant voices!
Theatre itself perfect, excellent view, comfortable seats.
Look for buying tickets in the afternoon near picadilly circus (do for all London musicals).
A beautiful theatre and an excellent production, perfect for a family night out. Front row dress circle seats offered the perfect view but they don't come cheaply! The benefit this theatre offers is that the higher up / less expensive seats don't evoke the same fear of impending doom they often do in many others.
Even though I wasn't too familiar with the story I thought it must be good if people call it one of the most popular west end shows. So I went along to find out what it's all about. I knew it's a family-friendly show before I went but I was surprised at how many kids were actually there. My first impression was that I went to a circus rather than a west end show. However as soon as the curtains were opened all was forgiven. The music was amazing, the sets were beautiful, the actors were talented and the story was excellent from start to finish. It was a fun evening out and I'd recommend you to go and see it at least once.
Interesting story and an entertaining musical. A very good venue too. I wouldn't go as far as 'magical' though.
You couldn't pay me to watch this again. Remember when you look at the audience, the word fan comes from fanatic.
Wicked was an absolutely superb production that returns the wizard of oz to its political commentary roots, this production obviously referencing Bush's America, whereas teh original book dealt with Coolidge and the film with FDR's new deal policies. The set was enormous, the monkey actors incredibly impressive, and the singing great. Don't understand why there had to be a round of applause every five minutes though.
Seen it four times - what else can I say?
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