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ELPHABA and Glinda have re­turned to the Manch­ester stage as Wicked flies back to the city for a fi­nal run. The first tour­ing pro­duc­tion came to the Palace Theatre in 2013 and to The Lowry in 2015, and this fes­tive sea­son the mu­si­cal will re­turn to where it all be­gan.

Based on a best-sell­ing novel by Gre­gory Maguire, which re-imag­ines the char­ac­ters of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story of an un­likely friend­ship be­tween two sorcery stu­dents.

Their ad­ven­tures in Oz will ul­ti­mately see them ful­fil their des­tinies - Glinda as The Good Witch and Elphaba as the Wicked Witch of the West.

In the five years since its Manch­ester pre­miere, the mu­si­cal has jour­neyed an epic 27,00 miles through six coun­tries - trav­el­ling across the UK and Ire­land, as well as China, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore and Switzer­land.

By the time this cel­e­brated tour­ing pro­duc­tion com­pletes its run in Manch­ester in Jan­uary 2019, it will have been seen by over 2.2 mil­lion the­atre­go­ers across more than 1,400 per­for­mances.

It took 13 lor­ries to trans­port the show’s spec­tac­u­lar sets, props and cos­tumes to Manch­ester from Wales Mil­len­nium Cen­tre in Cardiff. A back­stage team of 60 then worked for three days to build the pro­duc­tion and pre­pare the theatre for the per­for­mances, each tak­ing 100 peo­ple, on stage and be­hind the scenes, to de­liver.

The area back­stage known as Wardrobe Vil­lage houses the show’s 350 cos­tumes, 75 wigs, 140 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 pros­thetic masks, for the 31 strong cast.

The show stars Amy Ross as Elphaba, who takes 25 min­utes to trans­form into the mag­i­cal green witch for each show. She has been get­ting through 40 pots of green paint each year. Wicked runs from now un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 5, with var­i­ous evening and mati­nee shows avail­able. To book, visit: at­gtick­ shows/wicked/ palace-the­atre­manch­ester/ ●●

Elphaba and Glinda

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