Wicked the Musical Flies into the Bristol Hippodrome
“The gravity-defying ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel” (Time Out) will play from Wednesday 31 January until Saturday 3 March 2018, with extra matinee shows added on Thursday 1 February and Thursday 15 February at 2.30pm. With an incredible 55,000 tickets already sold, the best remaining ticket availability is currently at Monday-Wednesday evening performances and mid-week matinees.WICKED Executive Producer (UK & Ireland) Michael McCabe said: “We are delighted that our year-long 2018 UK & Ireland Tour of Wicked will begin with a return engagement to the magnificent Bristol Hippodrome. It takes 100 people, both onstage and backstage, to deliver this gigantic production at each performance and audiences can be assured that no expense has been spared in mounting this acclaimed touring version of the West End and Broadway show. We can’t wait to share the spectacle, magic and incredible story with audiences in Bristol.”Jenny Hutchinson, General Manager, Bristol Hippodrome said: “We’re all very excited to be welcoming Wicked back to Bristol on its second visit to the City. It’s an honour to have been selected as the first venue on this UK tour, and knowing how much Bristol loved it the first time around we are looking forward to 5 weeks that will leave audiences spellbound.”The cast features Amy Ross as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda, Aaron Sidwell (best known as ‘Steven Beale’ in EastEnders) as Fiyero, Steven Pinder (best known as ‘Max Farnham’ in Brookside) as The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Emily Shaw as Nessarose and Iddon Jones as Boq. Nikki Bentley is Standby for Elphaba.WICKED is already the 15th longest running show in West End theatre history and is now in its 12th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, WICKED has been seen by over 53 million people in 16 countries, and won over 100 major awards, including ten theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (winning ‘Best West End Show’ on three occasions) and two Olivier Audience Awards in the UK.Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.