Wicked will be on tour in the UK next year, here’s where and when…
Based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of The West and, of course, Frank L. Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz, Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s musical has become a worldwide phenomenon since debuting on Broadway in 2003.
Consistently breaking box office records for weekly receipts across 14 years on Broadway, it is largely responsible for cementing Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenowith’s status as musical theatre royalty following their iconic stints as central characters Elphaba and Glinda.
Menzel came across the Atlantic in 2006 to launch the show at the Apollo Victoria in the West End, where it runs to this day – and will until at least May 28th next year. Other productions have latterly popped up all across the world, and it has successfully toured the UK since 2013 – as it will again next year. A film production of the show is mooted to be on the way for 2019.
If you’re looking for a classic modern musical to check out in 2018 year, this should be very high on your list – possibly second only to Hamilton. It pretty much set the template for modern theatre fandom upon which that show has capitalised, with Defying Gravity – Wicked’s genuinely show-stopping Act I closer – being belted out on Glee no less than three times, including as part of the show’s 100th episode. Side note: both Chenowith and Menzel featured in Glee‘s cast too.
While it was initially unloved by critics, Wicked’s subsequent impact is undeniable. It may be a little over-filled, but its music is often clever and touching; there are plenty of great staging flourishes; and the way its tale dovetails with the classic Baum characters is a bittersweet thing of beauty.
Here’s where you can see Wicked across the UK in 2018.
31 JANUARY 2018 – 3 MARCH 2018
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE
7 MARCH 2018 – 31 MARCH 2018
4 APRIL 2018 – 29 APRIL 2018
8 MAY 2018 – 9 JUNE 2018
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
13 JUNE 2018 – 7 JULY 2018
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE DUBLIN
17 JULY 2018 – 1 SEPTEMBER 2018
6 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
MAYFLOWER THEATRE SOUTHAMPTON
3 OCTOBER 2018 – 27 OCTOBER 2018
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE
31 OCTOBER 2018 – 24 NOVEMBER 2018
PALACE THEATRE MANCHESTER
4 DECEMBER 2018 – 5 JANUARY 2019