Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A few weeks ago, I was offered two tickets to see Wicked by Shows in London. As a chronic show-tunes shower-singer, my answer was an instantaneous YES of the biting-off-your-hand variety. Fast forward a few days, and Fran and I were sitting in our (very nice) seats at the Apollo Victoria, bouncing up and down in our seats in anticipation, bemoaning the fact that no one else dresses up for the theatre any more, and giggling like loons over the time we went to see Mamma Mia in the cinema and she leaned over and whispered "Is this a musical?", mid-I Have a Dream.

And then the show started, and we were both stunned into silence by the sheer brilliance of the show.

This has been a difficult post to write - I am by no means an expert on musical theatre, and the expectation from a lot of blog readers seems to be that if you've been given something for free, you'll just say loads of gushingly nice things about it. However, my praise of Wicked has nothing to do with the fact that it was a comped experience, and everything to do with the fact that it was, hands down, the best thing I have ever seen in the theatre. 

Seriously. The show itself is fantastic (in terms of story-line, script, music), but the production blew me away. In everything from it's set design to it's choreography, I was left completely mesmerised (and the costumes were the stuff of my dressing-up box's wildest dreams. 

I wish I could dress up like Glinda every day, but my family, friends, boyfriend and pets would probably disown me.
Image from here
For me, however, the highlight of the show was Louise Dearman, who played Elpheba. Her performance was so, so wonderful, I had to gulp back tears at her solos (my mantra was "you WILL NOT cry in front of the other bloggers and journalists. Repeat. You WILL NOT" etc.). To use a very tired but totally appropriate cliche, I felt shivers up my spine when she sang. She was sensational.

As was my interval ice cream. I am nothing if not a die-hard theatre traditionalist.
All in all, Wicked was a jaw-droppingly good show, and I cannot believe that anybody wouldn't enjoy it. This is escapism at it's best, I really was transported to Oz for the evening! You can get tickets from just £18 from Shows in London, so please please do so, and let me know what you think!

I promise that it will knock you're jewelled slippers off.

And in case you're wondering, Defying Gravity is my new favourite shower show-tune.

That is all.



  1. I saw Wicked at the Apollo Victoria a few years back - loved it!

  2. I saw Wicked a while ago and loved it! You should read the book - it's amazing!
    Becs x

  3. I absolutely love this soundtrack...never had the luck to see it live it's so wonderful you did get the chance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g4ekwTd6Ig
    Defying Gravity gives me shivers down my spine ! Unlimiiiiiiiiited xx

  4. ah i've heard non-stop good things about this show and im still yet to see it.
    tickets are also such a good price! I think a trip to the theatre is needed this winter x


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