Wicked musical set for UK dates in Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool

Wicked musical set for UK dates in Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool

credit: Matt Crockett

Iconic West End musical with bells and whistles aplenty tours in 2014

Some come to it through the soundtrack, some through hearing ‘Defying Gravity’ sung on Glee, some through seeing the show itself in New York, London or the myriad other cities it has visited. But however fans arrive at the Wicked altar, they worship long and hard.

Maybe it’s the songs, which journey between addictive catchiness and tear-jerking poignancy. Or the on-stage vocal talent those numbers demand; the witty lines peppered throughout the text. It’s most certainly the storyline, cleverly interwoven with The Wizard of Oz, giving its characters a back-story, and gently forcing us to see life differently.

But that’s the audience point of view. What’s it like for those delivering the onstage magic each night? ‘It’s so iconic and well-known, that you do feel a massive responsibility, especially to the fans,’ says Emily Tierney, who plays Glinda. ‘The fanbase of Wicked is like no other show I’ve ever known.’

Playing ‘good witch’ Glinda, opposite the green-skinned and supposedly ‘wicked’ Elphaba, Tierney’s character first appears on stage in a giant ‘bubble’: just one example of the impressive large-scale staging Wicked is known for. ‘It’s the first time the show has toured the UK,’ says Tierney. ‘And I think some people expect it to be less of a spectacle than the West End production, or pared down in some way. But we’re all so proud that this show is of exactly the same standard; we take ten massive trucks with us, and haven’t lost any of the bells and whistles.’

King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 6–Sat 31 May.

Wicked

  • Directed by: Joe Mantello
  • Written by: Stephen Schwartz (music & lyrics), Winnie Holzman

Smash-hit musical that acts as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, with L Frank Baum's characters brilliantly re-imagined as two young girls who grow up to fulfil their destinies as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London SW1V

Sat 23 Jun

£19.50–£175 / 0844 871 3001

Mon 25 Jun

£19.50–£175 / 0844 871 3001

Tue 26 Jun

£19.50–£175 / 0844 871 3001

…and 280 more dates until 25 May 2019

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Sat 23 Jun

£32–£37 / 0844 848 2700

Sun 24 Jun

£32–£37 / 0844 848 2700

Tue 26 Jun

£32–£37 / 0844 848 2700

…and 10 more dates until 7 Jul

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wed 3 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

Thu 4 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

Fri 5 Oct

Times to be confirmed / See website for details / 023 8071 1811

…and 22 more dates until 27 Oct

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