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REVIEW - WICKED | APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE LONDON | 26/07/2023


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All About Theatre five star review

"An enchanting and unforgettable journey through the Land of Oz."


"Wicked the Musical" is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West." Maguire's novel offers a revisionist take on L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the iconic 1939 film adaptation. It delves into the backstory and alternative perspective of the famous characters, particularly focusing on Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her complex relationship with Glinda, the Good Witch. The musical adaptation was conceived by producer Marc Platt, with a book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.


Wicked production photo featuring LUCY ST. LOUIS (GLINDA) AND ALEXIA KHADIME (ELPHABA)

"Wicked" begins with the citizens of Oz celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda the Good Witch recounts how she and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, came to know each other. The narrative flashes back to their days at Shiz University, where Elphaba, born with green skin, faces prejudice and isolation. Despite initial loathing, Elphaba and Glinda form an unexpected friendship. Elphaba's magical talents attract the attention of the Wizard of Oz, but she soon discovers his sinister intentions. Disillusioned, Elphaba embraces her role as the Wicked Witch to fight against the Wizard's injustices. The second act explores the deepening conflict between Elphaba and Glinda, leading to a powerful climax that redefines their legacies in Oz.


Wicked production photo featuring the PREVIOUS WICKED LONDON COMPANY

The production's set design is a visual marvel, transporting the audience to the vibrant and mystical Land of Oz. Intricate details and stunning visual effects create an immersive experience, with standout elements like the giant mechanical dragon and the Emerald City. The lighting and special effects are particularly impressive during key musical numbers, enhancing the drama and magic of the story.

The period-accurate costumes, especially the elaborate gowns and witch attire, add authenticity and flair to the characters. The use of bold colours and textures enhances the fantastical elements of the production. Stephen Schwartz's score is beautifully rendered by the orchestra, delivering dynamic and emotionally resonant arrangements. From the uplifting "Defying Gravity" to the heartfelt "For Good," the music underscores the narrative's emotional journey.


Wicked production photo featuring RYAN REID (FIYERO) AND ALEXIA KHADIME (ELPHABA)

The cast of "Wicked" at the Apollo Victoria Theatre is exceptional. Alexia Khadime's portrayal of Elphaba is nothing short of extraordinary. She brings a powerful presence and vocal prowess to the role, capturing Elphaba’s vulnerability and strength. Her performance of “Defying Gravity” is a highlight, leaving the audience spellbound.

Lucy St. Louis as Glinda is equally mesmerising, balancing the character’s bubbly exterior with underlying complexity. Her comedic timing in “Popular” and emotional depth in “For Good” are standout moments. The chemistry between Khadime and St. Louis is palpable, making their evolving friendship believable and poignant.

Ryan Reid as Fiyero brings charisma and depth to the role of the carefree prince. His dynamic performance and strong vocals, especially in “Dancing Through Life,” add layers to the character, making his transformation compelling. Sophie-Louise Dann delivers a formidable performance as Madame Morrible, capturing the character’s manipulative nature with sophistication. Mark Curry as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz provides a charming and multifaceted take on the character, balancing his seemingly benevolent facade with his dubious intentions.


Wicked production photo featuring the PREVIOUS WICKED LONDON COMPANY

"Wicked" at the Apollo Victoria Theatre remains a spectacular production that continues to enchant audiences with its rich storytelling, memorable music, and stellar performances. Alexia Khadime and Lucy St. Louis lead a phenomenal cast that breathes new life into this beloved musical. For both long-time fans and newcomers, this production of "Wicked" is a must-see theatrical experience that resonates with themes of friendship, identity, and acceptance.


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