CITYLIFELOCAL A WICKED RETURN
TOURING PRODUCTION BACK AT THE THEATRE WHERE IT MADE ITS DEBUT
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: atgtickets.com/ shows/wicked/ palace-theatremanchester/ ●●
Elphaba and Glinda