Last Thursday I lucky to be invited to the press launch of Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome. I haven’t been to the Hippodrome for years, not since seeing a panto when I was a child, so it was wonderful walking through those doors again and seeing the beautiful theatre once more.
The UK tour of Wicked has already sold over 1 million UK tickets since it opened in Manchester in 2013. Originally starting in Broadway back in 2003, Wicked has gone on to be a global phenomenon, seen by over 44 million people in 13 countries worldwide.
Wicked is based on the international best-selling novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ written by the American author Gregory Maguire.
Gregory’s book was inspired by the characters and stories created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, which was first published in 1900. The story is of a friendship between two very different individuals who first meet as sorcery students, in the land of Oz, long before Dorothy and Toto arrive.
Wicked was everything I expected. Beautiful stage set, fabulous costumes and a story that sweeps you along. It was my experience of seeing a West End stage show in Bristol and was presently surprised at how brilliant the whole evening was. I’m not a huge fan of musical theatre and have a problem with Disney movies (all that singing), but I found Wicked exciting, compelling and a joy to watch.
Wicked is on at the Bristol Hippodrome from now until Saturday 21 March with best ticket availability currently at Monday to Wednesday performances, including midweek matinees. For more information please visit the Hippodrome box office.
I was gifted two tickets for the show for the purpose of this review.
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