A sprinkle of magic has swept through Bristol Hippodrome once again with the arrival of Wicked, the celebrated musical which re-imagines the story of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The production which is touring the UK has flown into the city bringing the story of Elphaba and her friendship and tangles with Glinda to the stage.
Wicked follows the two young women who meet as sorcery students and strike up an unlikely friendship, through their encounters with the Wizard of Oz, their love for Fiyero and ultimately becoming the characters we know from the L. Frank Baum novel by following their dreams and desires.
But all is not as it seems as we learn how the two witches really take up their legendary roles as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The show which has wowed audiences around the globe is simply stunning in its Bristol production with the stars including Amy Ross as Elphaba and Helen Woolf as Glinda delivering the stand out songs including Defying Gravity (which gave me goose bumps it was so good) and Popular.
Wicked has a touring group of over 100 people, onstage and backstage, needed to create this magical production and the experience in Bristol really is as good as you would expect to see in the West End productions. It’s a musical which really delivers a ‘wow’ and with its story of destiny and trying to live up to your values it’s a show with a theme which will really hit home with younger theatre goers too.
I was awe-struck by the performances and seeing as there have already been over 50 thousand tickets sold for this production of Wicked it’s certain to continue being a big hit for audiences looking for a magical moment or two.
The show is delightful and well suited to families with older children (this production would be suitable for children aged seven and over). When we visited the standing ovation was more than deserved and I wished there was a rewind button to watch some of the key scenes again (particularly the Defying Gravity Scene).
You can find out more about the production which is at the Bristol Hippodrome until the 3rd of March at the Hippodrome tickets website.
We were guests of Bristol Hippodrome for the purposes of this review but all opinions are our own.