What’s On: Wicked @ The Bristol Hippodrome
by Polly Hember
Toto, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. This phenomenally successful West End and Broadway musical cleverly uses the structures and parameters of The Wizard of Oz to offer another side to the tale, the untold triumphs and tragedies of the Witches of Oz. Wicked has been met with unadulterated loving and critical acclaim, boasting numerous accolades. A three-time winner of the theatregoer-voted Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best West End Show’, two-time winner of the prestigious Olivier Audience Award, this incredible piece of theatre returns to The Bristol Hippodrome for just five weeks in the new year.
Wicked looks past the well-trodden yellow brick road that Dorothy skips down and examines the untold story of the demonised Wicked Witch of the West. It follows the unlikely but moving friendship between two studying witches and their adventures in Oz, propelling them to their well-known titles ‘Glinda the Good’ and ‘the Wicked Witch of the West’. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that cleverly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s original characters, Wicked is unafraid to delve into the emotional trauma of the outsider and the profoundly moving power of friendship. This is an incredible production (spoiler alert: the dragon might be one of the best things I’ve ever seen on stage back in 2010 in London) and its memorable songs (again, spoiler alert: bring tissues for the amazing ‘Defying Gravity’) make it a show not to be missed!
On the Beat is delighted to see the newly released production photography by Matt Crockett, of Amy Ross as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda and Aaron Sidwell as Fiyero.
Check out our gallery to see a glimpse of the spectacular show, and make sure you book tickets in advance for when it returns to Bristol from 31 January to 3 March 2018, tickets tend to fly out of the box office quickly. Don't forget your ruby slippers and your broom, we'll see you in the emerald city!
When 31 January – 3 March 2018
Where The Bristol Hippodrome
Times Monday – Saturdays 7.30pm, Matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays 2.30pm, Extra Matinees Thursday 1 and 15 February 2.30pm
Prices from £22.50
Age Recommendation 7+
Photo Credit Matt Crockett