This Christmas, the spectacular touring production of WICKED will fly home to where it began, the Palace Theatre in Manchester, for one final time. The limited five-week engagement, from 4 December 2018 to 5 January 2019, will mark the end of the multi record-breaking, critically acclaimed tour.
One of the most successful productions in the Palace Theatre’s history, the tour of the West End and Broadway sensation was previously seen by almost 150,000 theatregoers during its celebrated premiere engagement in 2013. Following its sensational Manchester premiere, the production subsequently travelled across the UK and Ireland twice as well as to cities in China, the Philippines, Singapore and Switzerland. After an epic 27,000-mile journey across 5 countries, the celebrated touring production will complete its run in Manchester on 5 January 2019 having been seen by over 2.2 million theatregoers.
WICKED transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz and is already the 6th longest running Broadway show of all time and the 14th longest running West End show of all time. Around the world, WICKED has been seen by almost 60 million people and won more than 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in the UK.
The acclaimed cast of 31 features Amy Ross as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda, Aaron Sidwell (best known as ‘Steven Beale’ in EastEnders) as Fiyero, Steven Pinder (best known as ‘Max Farnham’ in Brookside) as The Wizard & Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Emily Shaw as Nessarose and Iddon Jones as Boq. Nikki Bentley is Standby for Elphaba.
Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
WICKED has music and lyrics by Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin; Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted; DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.
Official website: http://www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk