Apollo Victoria Theatre
17 Wilton Road
London, SW1V 1LL
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Opened: 07 Sep 2006
Booking from: 17 Oct 2017
Booking until: 01 Dec 2018
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

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  • braintree 155cm female 34 reviews 5 helpful votes
    80% total rating Wicked, 9th October 2017
    The night we saw it was holiday week for the main Glinda, as a result, it took a while for the understudy to warm up to what is a difficult role in terms of performance and vocals. I had seen an am-dram production and times the vocal/orchestra war felt very similar with actors struggling to be heard over the rich orchestra and understandably reluctant to strain any voices. The 2hrs 45m flies by and snobbery/reluctance I had about seeing the show soon passed. The first half is your standard American college drama with some nice fantasy elements and the second half relies on everyone having seen The Wizard of Oz. Songs wise it is mostly forgettable apart from Defying Gravity, Alice Fearns more than meets the expectation Idina Menzel set over 10 years ago. Fearns also makes Elphaba seem warm, offset with her rich and firm speaking voice. My friend described being aimed at tweens, it is very vanilla and hint of suggestion (such as Elpheba's paternity) is not treated explicitly, despite its late finish, this will truly be a treat for any girl (or boy) who can relate to Elphaba or Glinda. I would see this again but I am not in a rush to see it again soon. The story is great but there aren't some deep layers to keep me coming back and as cracking as tunes like Defying Gravity and What Is This Feeling (Loathing) are, it is when Elphaba and Glinda aren't dueting, sparring or being great mates the energy and general audience interest falls.
    Sat in Stalls H15
    Without tiered seating, you are relying on a very short backed adult or a child to be sitting in front of you. In H15 I was fortunate to have some small children, whereas my friend was sat in front of their hefty parents. I don't feel like I missed anything but it is possibly a show where seating in the circle feels like less of a risk.
    H15 Stalls - Apollo Victoria Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls H15
  • ianguest 2 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Wicked, 1st September 2017
    The energy throughout was good and you can't argue that it is a spectacle. The set is out of this world and love the way they have run the green theme throughout the theatre. With the performance, generally speaking the leads and ensemble did a good job, although it was difficult to make out some of the words in the big songs. The acting was good (especially like the Wizard) and costumes incredible. I liked the concept of the story (ie. seeing the iconic Wizard of Oz story from a different angle) but felt it was slow and weak in places. It felt that the story hung around a lot of big dance numbers around when I would have liked to have seen more depth and substance to the plot. I knew some of the big numbers in the show before watching it but other than 'One short day' I didn't get that tingly feeling when I heard them ring out from the stage. Overall an enjoyable night out. I can say that I have seen Wicked, but will probably just be a 'tick in the box' show for me rather than one I rush back to see again.
    Sat in Circle X34
    The view of the stage was good, you could see pretty much everything - we certainly didn't loose any of the action. Obviously we were almost as far away as you could get from the stage so any facial expressions were lost. The seats were OK - I have definitely sat in worse - and although the leg room was not massive, it wasn't as tight as we have had in some of the smaller theatres. But then we generally only have little legs as none of our group were over 5'8". Tall people might struggle.
    X34 Circle - Apollo Victoria Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Circle X34
  • nigelmarchant 2 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Wicked, 24th October 2016
    Apart from watching the song "Defying Gravity" performed a couple of times on the hit TV series Glee, I knew nothing of this show or the fact that it was where this song came from. So when I came to watch this show live and in person it amazed me as to how emotionally involved I became with the characters in the first half. What an amazing story and as you would expect for a West End production an incredible cast who are all worthy of their role. Stand outs for me personally were Anita Dobson (Angie from Eastenders) & Rachel Tucker (unknown to me but went for the role of Nancy in BBC's "I'd Do Anything") she received a standing ovation at the end led by myself. You know when you've been sitting in a theatre for a while and you're waiting for the interval or the end to come? You know. You've been there before. NOT HERE! From start to finish this is just an epic stage production. If your thinking of going to see it. Do it. You will not regret it.
    Sat in Stalls B31
    What a great seat! Extra leg room being on the end of the row. Somewhere to put your extra drink if you have one and a fantastic view of the show (Wicked) where you get to experience all of the facial expressions of the cast and don't miss anything from what I could see. Recommended highly. Would buy again.
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    View from Stalls B31
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  • jameshawkins 5 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating Wicked, 13th February 2016
    I love this show. It was the first musical I ever saw on the West End, and this trip marked my 4th time seeing it. Over the years I have seen 3 different casts (all of which have been great). I think Wicked is a great introduction to the West End if you haven't been before. It has great sets, phenomenal songs and a really strong story. At this performance, I saw Emma Hatton play Elphaba. I have to say, I have followed her 'journey' as Elphaba since she was a cover, and at first I didn't really rate her, but she has completely come into her own. Her performance of 'No Good Deed' was one of my favourites, and she has such a unique tone to her voice. She was great. Carina Gillespie was playing Galinda - she is the cover for this role. I really liked her voice, but overall she didn't blow me away in the role. I don't have anything bad to say about the show at all, I love all the amendments they've made to the show since I last saw it (5 years ago). I would (and have) recommended it to everyone. Definitely one of my favourites.
    Sat in Stalls S13
    We were a lot closer to the stage than this photo shows. The view was great, it was a full view of the stage with no restrictions/cut offs at all (despite being slightly to the side). The seats were really reasonably priced - if anything I think we should have paid more for the view but I'm not complaining!
    S13 Stalls - Apollo Victoria Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls S13
The front section of the circle gives a good overall view of the dazzling action but you can't beat the central stalls for feeling a real part of the magic.
Apollo Victoria Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Since opening in the West End in 2006 Wicked has proven incredibly popular with audiences and this shows no sign of wavering with the show becoming the recipient of the Olivier Audience Award at the 2015 ceremony.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The life and times of the wicked witch of the west the show tells the untold story of the witches of OZ and provides a different perspective on the famously most wicked of witches. The story, which shows that PR and media representations have a lot to answer for, is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman.

After initially disliking each other intensely blonde and popular Glinda and green outcast Elphaba two sorcery students at the prestigious Shiz university form an unlikely friendship however this friendship is tested to the limit after an encounter with the Wizard of Oz where the girls are asked to stick to their principles with their decisions taking them on very different paths; ultimately to one being labelled as good and the other as wicked.

The show boasts a score by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. Among the musical’s most memorable songs are “Popular”, “For Good” and of course stand out anthem “Defying Gravity” in which Elphaba, thanks to a touch of theatrical magic, really does!

The first half begins before the story of The Wizard of OZ while the second half runs parallel to it. Fans of original will enjoy the many references to it and the way the story seeks to explain elements of the world of the story.

Stunning sets and costumes, including a giant dragon which looms over the auditorium, make this show a feast for the eyes while the heartwarming story of female friendship and catchy score make this a dazzling spectacular and an unforgettable experience.

The original Broadway production starred Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as the witches of OZ and the strong female roles continue to attract the crème de la crème of musical theatre talent.

With its 10th anniversary at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in 2016, an extra special cast will return for the momentous celebration, from the 5th September 2016. Rachel Tucker will return to reprise her starring role of Elphaba, following a popular stint in the Broadway production, as well as being joined by Suzie Mathers from the Australian company as Glinda, while Anita Dobson takes the role of Madame Morrible. The much loved Oliver Savile will continue his role as Fiyero.

Prepare to be spellbound!
Wicked is a modern classic and a great show for the whole family. Fans of The Wizard of Oz will love the many references but the story can also be enjoyed without prior knowledge.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 8+