Wicked The Musical arrived in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre after transferring from Broadway in 2006 and the spectacular stage show about the witches of Oz has been a massive hit with west end theatre goers ever since with tickets to the show in constant high demand.
Come and join Glinda and Elphaba on a journey that takes you right into the heart of the land of Oz. The show is based on 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West', and this new musical is hailed as the prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The spellbinding stage show tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz and how one came to be called ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’.
Wicked truly is a show to be enjoyed by everyone; it is a story of friendship, equality, politics, love, good and evil that appeals to all age groups. With a fantastic musical score and visual effects that sometimes defy both belief and gravity tickets to Wicked are some of the hottest in town. Forget what you thought you knew about the Wicked Witch of the West; you’ll be cheering for her in the end as over two million London theatregoers have already.
Wicked has a brand new and original musical score by Stephen Schwartz, including dance numbers, touching ballads and soaring, powerful vocal performances that will leave you spellbound.
After its success on Broadway, Wicked has been franchised and showcased around the world to rave reviews and there are plenty of reasons to see Wicked in London. Productions are also currently running as far afield as Japan, Australia and Germany. The untold story of the Witches of Oz is about to be revealed.......
Seating PlanApollo Victoria Theatre Seating Plan
Address17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
District, Circle, Victoria
Directions from nearest tube
The theatre can be seen opposite the station.
(Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 507, C2, C10; (Wilton Road) 24, 52, 185, 436; (Victoria Street) 44, 148, C1
Night Bus Numbers
(Victoria Station) 36, C2, N38, N73, N136 ; (Wilton Road) 24, N2, N16, N52; (Victoria Street) 148, N44
Semley Place (10mins)
Within Congestion Zone
As the Apollo Victoria Theatre is a very large venue to fill up for 8 shows every week it also comes with lots of different price bands that are designed to suit everyone, including people looking to find tickets on a limited budget. If you add to that the fact that there are very few tickets to Wicked that feature a restricted view then it makes Wicked The Musical consistently one of the best value musicals in the West End! There are only two levels in the theatre and the ticket prices tend to work with the cheapest seats situated on the sides and getting more expensive the further towards the middle you get.
This very much depends on whether you prefer to sit in the stalls looking directly at the stage, or in the circle looking down from an elevated position? Wicked The Musical tickets in the stalls get more expensive the further towards the middle you get and row Q can deliver great value for consumers in all price bands as it is situated not too far from the stage but with a corridor directly in front of it meaning that you have an absolutely guaranteed clear view regardless of who is sitting in front of you! In the circle good value can usually be found in central seats from about row F and back during midweek performances and occasionally at weekends during quiet weeks and off peak periods.
Yes they do! Great discounts and real bargains can regularly be found for midweek performances from Monday to Thursday. Due to the sheer size of the Apollo Victoria Theatre, cheap tickets to Wicked are usually available from both the online ticket agencies as well as from the official retail outlets in and around Leicester Square. When shopping for discounts to West End shows it can be useful as a rule of thumb to work on the basis that the producers of shows will generally discount from week to week, so if you are looking to book for a specific date in the future such as a birthday or anniversary you may need to forgo getting discounts to ensure that you secure decent seats on the correct date as all tickets to Wicked are perishable products and availability naturally gets less and less the closer to the performance you get which makes securing the best seats at the best price a bit of a gamble!
As with all shows there are both busy and quiet weeks of the year. It is usually best to avoid trying to book Wicked tickets during school holidays as it is likely that discounts for the show won't be in place for those weeks and often the decent cheaper options will have been snapped up weeks in advance. The quiet months of November, January and February will consistently bring good value for both prices and availability and should be explored by any serious bargain hunter as real value can be found!
There aren't too many restricted view seats in the Apollo Victoria Theatre and thankfully unlike a lot of venues in the West End there are no pillars or major overhangs to negotiate. If you are taking young children to see the show though then please be advised that the front row of the circle comes with a recommendation that patrons are a minimum of 5' 8'' (173cm). It is always advisable to check the seating plan before booking tickets to Wicked as any restriction to the view should be clearly marked there enabling you to check the severity of the restriction and therefore make an informed decision before spending your hard earned cash!
The running time for Wicked The Musical is 2 hours 45 minutes which includes a 20 minute interval. The show has evening performances at 7.30pm from Tuesday - Saturday which finish at approximately 10.15pm. There are also matinee performances on Saturday's and Sunday's at 2.30pm which finish at 5.15pm.
The recommended minimum age to watch Wicked is 7 years however the show contains no bad language or profanity and is suitable for a general audience and well behaved children over the age of 3 years are commonly admitted. All children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult and must not sit unaccompanied in the theatre.
There is no official dress code at the Apollo Victoria however patrons should dress appropriately to get maximum enjoyment from the show.
The show is based on the 1995 best selling book - 'Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Witch Of The West' by Gerry Maguire and has a book written by Winnie Holzman. The music and lyrics in the show were written by the multiple Academy Award and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz.
Although Wicked The Musical is billed as the prequel to the classic 1939 movie 'The Wizard Of Oz', it is actually a little more complex than that. The story begins before Dorothy and her dog Toto are transported by tornado to the land of Oz and follows the 'wicked witch of the west', Elphaba as she attends the Shiz University where she makes friends with Glinda (known from the movie as the 'Good Witch') Glinda takes a shine to Elphaba and takes her under her wing but when they discover that the corrupt government in Oz are planning to remove free speech for all animals the pair have a difference of opinion and fall out which forces Elphaba to go into hiding. What follows takes place before, during and after the familiar events from the 'Wizard Of Oz' with multiple twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end!
The world premiere of Wicked The Musical took place on May 28th 2003 at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and transferred to Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in October the same year. The premiere of the West End production at the Apollo Victoria took place on September 27th 2006 where it has held residency ever since.
The role of Elphaba in the original West End production of the show was played by Idina Menzel. Other notable cast members from the original London production are Helen Dallimore who took the role of Glinda, Adam Garcia who starred as Fiyero, James Gillen as Boq, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose and Nigel Planer taking on the role of the Wizard of Oz.