Wicked makes a welcome return to Bristol

PUBLISHED: 20:00 12 December 2017

Helen Woolf (Glinda), Amy Ross (Elphaba) and Aaron Sidwell from the cast of WICKED.

Helen Woolf (Glinda), Amy Ross (Elphaba) and Aaron Sidwell from the cast of WICKED.

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The Witches of Oz will fly into Bristol next month for the musical phenomenon Wicked.

WICKED being performed at Mshed earlier this year.WICKED being performed at Mshed earlier this year.

The West End and Broadway spectacle is making a highly-anticipated return to the Bristol Hippodrome from January 31 to March 3.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz.

Audiences will see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The show is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire which re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Wicked has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes, and show-stopping songs, including the incredible Defying Gravity.

The production 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.

It has been seen by more than 53 million people in 16 countries, and has won more than 100 major awards.

Wicked has just opened in Zurich to standing ovations and rave reviews. After the final performance in Switzerland on December 31, the cast and crew will make the 750-mile journey, in 14 articulated lorries, to Bristol.

When they arrive, the backstage team of 60 will work for three days to build the production and prepare the theatre for the first performance in Bristol on January 31.

This includes creating a ‘wardrobe village’ to house the show’s 350 costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.

On stage, one of the first sights audiences will see as they enter the auditorium is a giant mechanical dragon, which will hang 7.5 metres above the stage with a wingspan of 11 metres.

It takes 100 people, on stage and behind the scenes, to deliver each and every performance of this spectacular production.

The show has won 10 WhatsOnStage Awards, which are voted for by the public, including best West End show on three occasions.

Tickets for the show start at £22.50 and can be booked from www.atgtickets.com/Bristol or by calling 08448 713012.

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