Green is good

Elphaba in Wicked, which is to tour the UK and Ireland for the first time from September, starting in Manchester.

Hit musical Wicked, which tells the backstory of the Witches of Oz, will – for the first time – begin a major tour of the UK and Ireland, starting at the Palace Theatre in Manchester on 12th September.

One of the most popular musicals of recent years, Wicked has been seen by over 35 million people around the world, with seven productions running concurrently, including at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, which has already welcomed over five million people.

Based on the acclaimed novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the show tells the story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls, Glinda and Elphaba, who first meet as sorcery students.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power, while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself and those around her has unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked features music and lyrics by multi-Grammy Award and Oscar-winner Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, and is directed by Tony Award-winner and Olivier Award-nominee Joe Mantello. The cast and full tour schedule is yet to be announced.

Wicked runs at the Palace Theatre in Manchester from 12th September to 16th November. Further venues and dates are yet to be announced. Group rates are expected to be offered per venue. For more information, visit www.wickedtour.co.uk.