Dress Circle Seats O 49 to 52: First thing to note is that the
numbers on the seats are actually 48 to 51 - there is technically no
seat 52!!!!! When you actually ask for assistance in this matter
they tell you to go by the number on the step (which says 49) and
although they are numbered 48 to 51 they are tickets 49 to 52 !!!
Worth being aware of as otherwise you might find two people sat in
the middle of your seats!!!
49 and 50 are the better view of the two, as the other two might be
subject to people leaning forward in row L because of the bar which
has a knock on effect on the other far end of row. Just depends how
selfish the people in front are. Man in front of us just told them!!
Although a theatre chap did bring some people here little cushions -
rather nice! But for £15 per ticket all were fab value and well
Is it just because it's a cinema so many women think it's O.K. to
wander out to the toilet whenever they feel like it?!?
LATER POSTING (November 2006):
I have now seen the show four times and have sat in a variety of
seats. After 0 in the dress circle I have had row P centre in the
dress circle, row W dress circle and row D in the stalls.
I have to say that from all of these seats I got something different
from the show - but all were great. Row W of the dress circle -
booked last minute - cheap - great overall view - took my cheap
Argos binoculars for a closer view - but others in my party were
still blown away by the show from here.
- only problem I have found with any of the dress circle seats - is
the leaning forward person - if you have someone that does that - it
is a real pain - but a polite word often does the trick.
Row D of the stall was a very different experience - very powerful
and personal. Great as I'd already seen the show - but maybe you
miss out a little on the whole effect. I would book these / or
closer again - as I saw lots of little things I hadn't noticed from
A friend and I went to a preview on a Saturday afternoon (9th
September 2006) and couldn’t believe the level of mobility – within
the audience. Not only were children getting up and moving around
(in some cases running) or going out, but adults just seemed to
think it was fine to wander about without so much as ducking down to
avoid getting in the sightlines of the rest of us. I’ve never seen
such an inconsiderate audience. Add to that the childish wails from
the far-too-small tots who’d been brought along and were frightened
by the bangs, crashes and lighting effects, and there was serious
competition for the performers to contend with!
We were seated in the Circle in Row T, seats 21 and 22, which had
cost the princely sum of £5 each. Legroom was very good (my friend
is 5’ 8”) and the view was fantastic – central, clear and so
well-raked that even with a couple of tallish people in front there
was no problem at all. Very comfortable, although walking up and
(particularly) down the fairly steep steps can be a bit
heart-in-mouth, especially when being pushed by a crowd, as there is
no handrail and the seatbacks are too low to grab if you stumble.
Might be sensible to allow a few extra minutes if you’re at all
concerned about mobility and have a Circle seat. Toilet facilities
(certainly for women) totally inadequate; the interval queue snaked
down from upper level to the ground floor...
The staging was highly dramatic and made good use of the vast,
bowl-shaped auditorium, but technical glitches (e.g. flying problems
at the end of the first half) spoiled what should have been some
mega-moments. Singing? Not impressed; I thought there were some
rather weak voices around, who didn’t seem entirely comfortable with
some of the uneasy rhythms/lyrics. Music? Can’t remember so much as
bar; instantly forgettable. Choreography? I presume there was some,
but most of the action on stage appeared to be pretty random,
relying on noise and movement rather than anything more polished.
Story? No idea what it was. Verdict? £5 was about the right price!
Saturday 9th. September, 2.30pm matinee, Dress Circle row W, 34 and
Saw the info on your site and got these preview tickets for £5 each.
You rate them "green", I certainly agree.
Although, they are high above the stage and a bit distant, for this
price (and £15 after previews), they are wonderful value. There are
glasses, 50p if need be, but as most of the play is action on a
grand scale, this distance is not a problem. Leg room is ok if you
are 5 foot 6 or less. If you need to see every wrinkle and spot on
the actor's faces, pay £60.
As this was only the third day of performances, entry was slow and
badly organised. I think it was a full house too. There was no-one
greeting and heading you in the direction of your seat. Signage was
poor. There were lots of people selling drinks, programmes, witches
hats and tee shirts though! As usual, massive queues for the ladies
toilets. Except for the latter, I'm sure things will improve.
Stage setting, fantastic, especially the dragon. Lighting,
brilliant, some of the best I have seen creating a wide range of
settings and complimenting the staging brilliantly.
Music good, singing strong, especially the two witches. Costumes out
of this world. Story, makes you think, but not too daunting.
Standing ovation from mixed aged audience. Say no more, beg borrow
or steal a ticket now!
Monkey will love this, may even be asked to join in certain scenes
if they are short.
Problem, people arriving late and taking ages to find their seat and
those who kept taking toilet breaks during the play. This is not the
cinema. There is a different etiquette in theatres. It is called
I had £5 Wicked seats in the middle of row Q on Friday night (8th
September 2006) - and what an absolute bargain! The view was a
little distant but incredible - totally clear view of the stage and
you can really take in the enormity of the show.
I then went to queue for Wicked day seats on Saturday morning. I got
there at 8.50am and was in a queue of about 50 people. All was
calm.........until the box office opened. I have never known such
chaos! The matinee people were called, so I jumped right to the
front of the queue, only to be elbowed by an old woman. There were
Americans shouting at the box office saying they were here from
7.30am etc, etc.
Anyway, I got my tickets! A bargain on the front row - although I'd
ensure you were as central as possible as many cast members block
your view at a couple of moments towards the side.
Thankyou for your help on day seats - had to see Wicked again though
(not sure when I will get another chance)
I saw the show at the Saturday matinee performance, 9th September
The audience was very full of young to teenage girls, who presumably
all want to be witches, so there was considerable fidgeting and
eating. Idina Menzel was fantastic and it is definitely "her" show -
and she is received like a pop singer at a pop concert. At the
moment Helen Dallimore seems uncertain as Glinda, particularly on
her first entrance, but warmed up later and was giving a good
performance by the second Act.
Miriam Margolyes and Nigel Planer were excellent and Martin Ball
gave a good performance as the, rather underwritten, token animal in
the show. There are the monkeys and a very badly designed lion cub
as well, but his goat performance stands out. The chorus are great,
lots of life and energy and jumping around, but there seem too few
for the size of the stage. James Gillian and Katie Rowley Jones as
Boq and Nessarose do their best with what they have, but there is
not much in those roles to work with. Adam Garcia as Fiyero seemed
to sleepwalk through this role when I saw the show. He seemed to be
rather adrift, as if why he was there was a complete mystery to him.
The other major disappointment was the failure of Elphaba to fly.
From pictures and videos of the New York performance I expected she
would, during the "Defying Gravity" number. There were no
announcements to apologise for the failure of equipment during my
preview, so maybe she doesn't. Perhaps other monkey reviewers will
be able to clear this up for me. (According to other reviewers there
were problems with the equipment at this performance - Ed).
With certain reservations the set and costumes are great and I liked
the Time Dragon who lies over the proscenium arch, waking up for the
odd roar. Be warned that the glossy programmes seem to have pictures
from the US productions, although I imagine pictures from London
will appear once the show finishes previews. The key to this show is
the performance of Idina Menzel, so my advice is to rush to see her
before she leaves it in a few months.
I think the Apollo Victoria are in a bit of shock having a hit at
last! I have seen "Wicked" 3 times already and it's "the business."
Twice in the stalls row E, which was great, and once in row P in the
currently £5 priced seats which was okay - but not sure I would want
to sit there again though. The front of the stage is a bit obscured
by peoples' heads, and in fact some of the action too, as the stage
extends a bit and they use it quite often. But, great for £5 but in
the main run (£15) I don't think they are really worth it, as with
"Wicked" (and Idina especially) you just have to see her facial
expressions to really enjoy her awesome performance.
I can report that I absolutely hated Wicked, which I attended last
night (Tuesday 12 September 2006) and I stayed only until the
interval. I thought the story was tedious and uninteresting, and the
score was without any musical merit whatsoever. The choreography was
amateurish, and the staging was disappointing.
After seeing the theatrical magic of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary
Poppins, The Lion King and even The Witches of Eastwick, I was
expecting something imaginative and exciting, but alas it was
neither. The best effect (at least until the interval) was the big
dragon above the stage! I genuinely get a big buzz when various
spectacular things happened, like the car flying just before the end
of the first act of Chitty, the wonderful things that came out of
Mary Poppins’s bag, as well as Bert walking all the way around the
proscenium arch, and the three witches flying right out into the
auditorium in The Witches of Eastwick! There was nothing whatsoever
in Act I of Wicked to compare with these sudden moments of
theatrical brilliance! I was expecting Elphaba to fly on her
broomstick at the climax of the first act, but, despite the clever
lighting effects, she just seemed to be standing on the top of a
column or pillar and there was no thrill from that. And the picture
in the programme seemed to indicate that that was all that was
supposed to happen at that moment. When we have seen spectacular
flying effects in Chity Chitty Bang Bang (for both the car and the
child-catcher), Mary Poppins and The Witches of Eastwick, then it is
an anticlimax to see Elphaba merely standing on top of a column in
the centre of the stage!
It’s not really flying if Alpheba stands stock still atop her
column! Levitation, perhaps, but hardly flying! Certainly not by the
standards set in The Witches of Eastwick or Mary Poppins where the
characters not only fly, but actually come right out into the
auditorium over the heads of the audience. OK, so you could see the
wires, but it was still thrilling. I could see some wires attached
to Elphaba but they didn’t seem to be serving any purpose, because
she didn’t move.
The audience of some 2,400 people seemed to be all under the age of
25 (apart from me, of course) and they whooped and hollered and
cheered every number, at least when they weren’t all getting up and
going to the toilet during the performance. I was amazed at how much
they seemed to approve of everything they saw and heard. I guess I
am just an old fogey who prefers good tunes and intelligent staging.
How sad can that be! Maybe I should just go to things I know and
love like Guys and Dolls, Chicago and The Boy Friend!
Paid £15 for seat 37 row L of the circle and OMG what amazing seats.
Could see the whole stage and take in the amazing sets and costumes
from there. As for the show (13th September 2006, matinee) WOOOOOWWW.
It was completely faultless.
Sets and costumes were stunning. Singing pretty good, especially
from Idina, it was only Fiyero who disappointed with a slightly weak
"Dancing through Life."
"Defying Gravity" was 'wicked' as Elphaba flies into the sky, again
amazing vocals from Idina.
Overall this has to be the best musical EVER, and recommended to
everyone, get your tickets whilst there still are some before Idina
On a small side note, leg room is insufficient for taller people
(I'm 5foot 11).
Saw the matinee performance of "Wicked!" Wed 13th September 2006.
Sat in seats 18 and 19 Row M Dress Circle. Seats only £15 each (in
previews) and EXCELLENT value for money. We had a clear view of the
massive stage and set. I can't see any reason to pay top prices if
you can get seats in this section of the circle. I did have a walk
up to the rear of the circle to see what the £5 seats were like. A
bit too high up for me but great at that price.
The show was magical. Lots of fun, very spectacular and damn good
family entertainment. For a Wednesday matinee to get a standing
ovation, it must be good!
Only one complaint: the constant barrage of theatre staff trying to
sell you things. Even when we were trying to have a drink in the
interval we kept having programmes and cd's thrust at us. I refused
to buy from one guy about three times and, on his final attempt to
sell me a cd, he said 'Don't worry, you'll change your mind and buy
one on the way out!'.
A previous review cites one of "Wicked's" main shortcomings as that
it is short on flying cars and general midair suspension. Quite
frankly, Idina Menzel could stand on a plastic garden chair and
still impress you. During "Defying Gravity" where the 'flying'
occurs, it is her vocal acrobatics which are meant to blow you away
as opposed to any flapping around the proscenium arch on a highwire.
In fact, any Peter Pan antics would have detracted from the
wonderful moment for Elphaba's character which occurs in the song;
whereas the simple raised flying effect (which thankfully, was
working fine on the evening performance on the 13th September 2006)
really complements what is happening. And if you really still are a
flying fan, Elphaba’s winged monkeys are quite a treat anyway.
The show in my humble opinion, is wonderful. The presence of so many
young fans that whoop and clap at every song, merely shows "Wicked's"
cult status. I personally thought that the audience reactions came
in all the right places and didn’t really detract from what was
going on on stage, although if I had of been in a matinee full of 13
year old girls I may have disagreed. I also don’t really see any
problem with an audience full of young people; in fact I think it’s
quite refreshing. At least we aren't all out jacking cars. Anyway, I
think the audience reactions may settle a little once the die hard
fans have been once or twice to drool over the Idina Menzel’s
singing /Adam Garcia (delete as applicable).
The whole look of the show was amazing and the chorus were
wonderful. Idina Menzel was the best thing I have seen on
stage…ever. I can’t really sum up her performance better than that.
I have heard from a few people that Helen Dallimore as Glinda has
seemed a little nervous. On our night she wasn’t. I thought she
judged the tone of the character beautifully, and made Glinda,
despite her foibles, quite endearing. I had to stop myself grinning
every time she came on stage. Her English accent has become a
contentious point amongst fans but I felt it worked.
Wicked is fun, fun, fun. Don’t go if you want a serious night at the
theatre. However, for all its knowing Oz references and silliness,
it does actually examine the relationship between two friends,
through all of its ups and downs, beautifully. Everyone can identify
with Elphaba in some way (even if the majority of us are not green)
and for many it really does strike a chord. Go see it!
Went to see "Wicked" tonight (15th September 2006), well to be more
accurate I saw about 45 minutes of "Wicked." It truly is the worst
musical I've ever seen. It's also the first time I have ever walked
out of a theatre. I couldn't take it anymore... The big tacky
expensive sets, the corny musical numbers, the bad BAD acting and
the smugness of it just drove me crazy! All the characters are the
usual boring clichés you see time and time again, the outcast, the
popular girl, the stern headmistress... Oh I could go on but I can't
put into words how naff it is. It's like if musicals were
restaurants, "Wicked" would be McDonalds.
I was gobsmacked that everyone was so into it, clapping and
whistling and whooping at every lame joke. Agh! It was like being at
a football match being stuck amongst such ill-mannered people. The
ushers were letting latecomers in the theatre even up to half an
hour late. Not just those in the aisle seats either! When we finally
walked out, one of the ushers ran after us and said "Can I help
you?" and was very rude and standoffish when we said we were
leaving. Perhaps he was upset we didn't buy something from the wide
range of crappy merchandise!
Well, if something other than "Wicked" was on at the Apollo
Victoria, I would recommend our seats. S44 and S45. The aisle seats
have loads of legroom, although the seats are very narrow for the
ample of bottom!
I saw the first preview on 7th September 2006 and saw the show again
on the 14th. My word, they have worked hard on it during that week!
Not that the first preview was bad - but one week later the
production looks totally 'match fit'.
Idina Menzel totally nailed that performance on the 14th - 'Defying
Gravity' and 'No Good Deed' were awesome. I know its something she's
sung maybe 400 times but she seemed to have completely relaxed into
the London production and the reticence to go for the most demanding
notes that was apparent in the first show - mainly in 'Defying
Gravity' has completely gone.
Helen Dallimore's Glinda has come on leaps and bounds in that week.
The comic timing is now spot on - 'thank goodness' they've
reinstated 'unprepossessing features' instead of 'unflattering
features' which just did not work in 'Popular'. I think everyone in
the UK is so used to the OBCR* that a dotty very English Glinda was
a bit of a shock - but seeing and hearing the portrayal for a second
time - it's just great and its getting funnier. I think Helen is
going to grow into that part even more over the next week or two.
The only bit of comic timing she could improve is the line in
'Popular' when she is telling Elphaba: - 'lets start 'cos you've got
an awfully long way to go' - it needs a bit more emphasis to
indicate what a 'state' Elphaba is in. I've seen an illicit bit of
video on the web where one of the US actresses rolls her hands over
and over as she says it and it works really well.
Nigel Planer seemed to loosen up as the Wizard too. There was more
swank and panache than a week ago and the singing was more
enthusiastic - he seemed to be really going for it and just more
Miriam Margolyes and Martin Ball seemed to be at the top of their
game in the first preview and to me they were playing Madame
Morrible and Dr Dillamond just the same tonight - they seem 'home
and dry' and don't need to tamper with anything.
Adam Garcia as Fiyero? I saw lots of negative comments on the web
about his performance and he still looks uneasy to me. He's fine in
Act Two where Fiyero is more serious - Captain of the Guard and all
that - but its 'Dancing through Life' that lacks a bit of swagger
and well - sex. I don't know if the choreography for London is
exactly the same for London as for the US productions but it seems
to me that it's Fiyero's moves that rein him in a bit during the
dance sequences. Glinda is obviously 'hooked' - but he needs a few
sexier dance moves - let him 'Tony Manero' it a bit to get the sexy
and dissolute prince's character across to the rest of us. Adam is
obviously great looking - let him use his attributes to the best
advantage in the Ozdust ballroom. I don't think there's anything
wrong with his ability - it's the part that's not quite right.
I'm still not convinced that the sound is right - I have no idea how
that is adjusted - or if it can be - but where principals are
singing with the full company e.g. in 'One Short Day' they are not
quite prominent enough - Idina and Helen were not sufficiently
'picked out' when singing the 'there are buildings tall as quoxwood
trees / dress salons / and libraries / palaces /museums / a hundred
strong'. I was in E36 in the stalls - which is very much to the side
of the theatre - perhaps it was a quirk from that position - but I
could have done with a more treble sound to the principal vocals
from there and picked them out even more in the mix. But what do I
All I can say is 'very well done guys' - technicians and performers
- everyone seems to be really believing they can pull this off now -
I am really looking forward to seeing the show again at the charity
preview and getting to have a chat with some of you at the dinner -
if you have any energy left to make that!
*Original Broadway Cast Recording
I can't rave enough about the day seats for this show!! Only £15
(during previews) for a front row seat! I'm the sort of person who
likes to be 'up close and personal' with the actors. I like to see
their facial expressions, hear every comment, witness things you can
only see from the front. I also like to loose myself in a show -
envisage myself in Oz with no other audience heads to confuse the
illusion. If you can relate to any of that you have to get the day
There is no restricted view like some theatre day seats. At the
Apollo Victoria you can see the whole stage. The only effect you
don't get the full benefit of is the dragon fixed above the stage
and green lighting that reaches up into the balcony when the
characters arrive at the Emerald City.
Idina Menzel has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. In fact even
now I've seen the show twice I'm not sure I can get my head around
how amazing that woman is! Her voice is incredible! I've never heard
anything like it on stage before. She literally took my breath away
during Defying Gravity.
I saw the show on both the 14th and 15th September 2006. Whereas the
14th ran perfectly smoothly from start to finish, the 15th was
riddled with mishaps. It was all handled very well by actors and
crew alike and I didn't sense any upset from the audience. To a
certain degree you should expect a preview to not be the 100%
polished show - they are still rehearsing and ironing out the
creases. That's why the seats are cheaper!!
For me personally it enhanced my enjoyment - a small glimpse at the
people behind the costumes when they slipped out of character for a
few seconds, for example when an ensemble member in a big 'weeble'
type costume fell over and couldn't get up again during 'One Short
Day'. A stage hand had to come on stage and help him up resulting in
a very amusing finish to the song which was spluttered by a laughing
Idina rather than sung!
It was also fun to see Idina's impromptu little jig for the audience
after a piece of set broke down in the second act and the show had
to be paused for 10 minutes. As she said herself "That's live
The only negative I can come up with is the queues for toilets / bar
/ merchandise. They're huge!! Don't attempt to go to the loo in the
interval unless you're sat right by the exit and you can jump up as
soon as the safety curtain falls!
This is a must see show for anyone with a love for musicals, an
imagination and a heart! If you're a Harry Potter fan this is for
you. It you like the more serious and believable shows don't bother.
Wicked is big, glitzy, glam and above all ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
Travelled from Dublin specially to see Wicked on Monday 11th
September 2006,and was not disappointed.
Sat in the Circle Row D 5 and 6. Good seats, but could not see all
of the front of the stage without leaning forward. Idina Menzel was
spectacular - what a voice! Some "technical problems" after "One
Short Day" meant a delay of about 15 minutes which was annoying as
people thought it was the interval and began to move about. When it
did resume it was only about ten minutes before the REAL interval so
it sort of broke the continuity. All in all though, I have to say -
"What a Show!!" We knew all the songs, from playing the CD for
months on end, and will travel back again in another few weeks to
enjoy it all over again and hopefully this time there will be NO
Verdict: Brilliant - Dont Miss It!
Saw "Wicked" at the evening performance on 16th September 2006. Our
party of 5 was in row ZA of the Stalls seats 19 to 23. The seats
were comfortable, with plenty of legroom (tallest 5' 11"). We found
these seats to be excellent, I was worried about being so far back,
but the steep rake allowed for an excellent view and even the
children in our party could see the stage reasonably well with
adults sitting in front. Binoculars were 50p but not really
necessary. The biggest drawback was the heat. It was stiflingly hot.
I can't imagine what it must have been like higher up. The queues
for the Ladies during the interval were the longest I've ever seen.
Thank goodness for a cast iron bladder!
I thoroughly enjoyed the show (apart from the teenage whooping
mentioned elsewhere). Idina was something else. Her live performance
far excelled the CD recording. Shivers up the spine. Nigel Planer &
Miriam M were excellent. I would agree that Adam Garcia's Fiyero
lacked sex appeal. Stephen Schwartz was in the sound booth and
kindly signed my programme. I saw the show in Chicago, and maybe I
enjoyed the London performance much more as it was second time
around, but I don't think it was entirely down to that. This is a
great blockbuster show and wonderful entertainment. The critics will
probably hate it - too 'popular' perhaps? See it with Idina while
Just wanted to mention that seats R19 and 20 in the Circle are over
the stairwell, and if you are sitting there you need to lean forward
the whole time, thus blocking everyones' view behind you. I don't
think these seats are meant to be sold, as they should have been
empty on Saturday (16th September 2006, matinee) but two latecomers
sat there for the first half. So definitely ones to avoid. Also
theatre needs to sort out getting people in - the foyer was very
overcrowded and the queues for the ladies were the worst I have ever
seen, all the way down the staircase.
I sat in row E of the Dress Circle at a preview performance of
Wicked, and whilst the view was very good indeed, the sound was very
very poor. The orchestra sounded as if they were in another building
and the cast could have been singing in French for all we could
tell. the dialogue was not much better - you really had to strain to
hear what was being said and a lady sitting next to me summed it up
when she said that "This is billed as the untold story of the
witches of Oz - I have sat through three hours and am no wiser as I
can not hear anything". It was a preview but they HAVE to sort this
problem out - at £55 a ticket it is not on. I do gather that the
sound is better in the stalls but I can not confirm this.
Well I said I would give it a second go, and indeed I did last night
(final preview 26th September 2006) - I was so hoping that after 10
days the show would have improved but alas it left me cold again.
I know they have been playing at night and rehearsing during the day
but everyone apart from Miriam was as flat as a pancake. Again I sat
in the front section of the Dress and again the sound was dreadful.
The orchestra sounds hollow and flat - the singing is a blur (no
chance of hearing the words) and the dialogue is lost. Now call me
old fashioned but I do like to hear the script. What is interesting
is there must be some amusing lines as the stalls laugh but the
circle - no, because we have no idea what the hell is being said.
Have the sound staff not sat in the front dress to hear the level or
do they know the show so well that the actual dialogue is now not
important I wonder.
On my last visit I thought that the end of act one was ok but
nothing special - was something not working? Well, last night just
the same - cherry picker and loads of black material. Now I like
inventive (i.e. "The 39 Steps") but at these prices one expects more
than a lift - think what can be done - flying in "The Witches of
Eastwick", "Chitty", "M. Poppins" - now whether you like the shows
or not the effects there were stunning - Wicked is so LAME.
Typical American show - lots of gloss and hype - no substance and oh
We have seen Wicked twice now and I wanted to comment on sound. The
first time was from the back of the circle Row W at the first
preview 7th September 2006 and the sound back there was fantastic.
We could hear every word clearly even from the ensemble and the
songs really belted out to us. They seem to have additional speakers
behind the audience there too (very noticeable during the "Wizard
head" talking for example).
This time we saw it on Monday September 18th 2006 from the front of
the circle Row D and whilst the sound was adequate it was certainly
not stunning. It was much louder and clearer in the cheap seats.
Last night there was a more "muddy" sound with lyrics sometimes hard
to understand. Individual voices were mostly okay but as soon as
more than one person sang it was hard to follow lyrics. Whilst it is
great to have a much closer view of the stage people should be aware
that at the side block (we sat in D38 and D39) there is a quite high
horizontal bar on the front of the Circle that I found slightly
irritating because I found myself having to look under it to see the
actors when they were on the very front sections of the stage that
I was a fan of the show from Broadway and I am very happy to see
Idina Menzel here as Elphaba, she is simply stunning especially
during her big numbers (The Wizard and I, Defying Gravity and No
Good Deed). Helen Dallimore is getting much better as Galinda,
initially she wasn't getting the laughs although she has a lovely
voice and can easily sing the role. Last night it was obvious she
has worked hard to develop her performance and I liked her very
much. Adam Garcia is just badly directed I think, whilst he is
improving he is still not that likeable as Fiyero, that role worked
much better in the show with Norbert Leo Butz's American slouch
approach rather than an English upper class twit character that we
have. The show looks fantastic with a first rate ensemble and
overall it is an absolute treat for theatregoers.
I couldn't attend the 'Clients evening' (performance for group
bookings clients - ed) on 13th of September 2006 as we were away, so
my daughter and grand-daughter went instead. I asked my
grand-daughter what she thought of it and she replied as only a nine
year old would, with just the one obvious word. "WICKED!!!!!"
Have just returned from "Wicked" (19th September 2006) and I loved
it - it's an imaginative story with good characterisation, extremely
well sung and acted, cleverly staged, excellently dressed,
beautifully lit, BUT and it's a huge BUT - the sound was awful. Not
being familiar with the words I found it very hard to know what was
going on at times. We were right in the middle of Row G in the Dress
Circle and the sound was truly dreadful - the only thing we could
hear clearly was the percussion track which was very annoying at
times and, of course, Miriam Margolyes who has the best speaking
voice in England. If I'd been able to hear better it would I think
have been one of the best shows I've seen. I've been looking up the
theatre details to try to find someone to complain to but with no
We saw Wicked on one of the preview nights, 19th September 2006. We
had been looking forward to this for many months. First of all - the
cast ...- overall - excellent! Idina Menzel certainly lived up to
the 'hype' - great voice and fantastic expressions. Helen Dallimore
as Glinda was good - managed to hit those high notes beautifully,
although her speaking accent was a bit wobbly and inconsitant at
times. Adam Garcia as Fiyero was a bit of a disappointment - great
dancing, but zero charisma and a mediocre voice (in my opinion).
Nigel Planer is great as the Wizard, I loved Martin Ball's Dr
Dillimore. James Gillan and Katie Rowley Jones were a great pairing
as Boq and Nessa. Both have wonderful voices and gave some of the
most expressive performances in the show.
The ensemble were outstanding - so much energy! For me, Miriam
Margoyles was the best performer - she does not really sing, but
that doesn't really matter - her voice, delivery and actions were
both comic and quite chilling at various points in the story - she
was made for this role! (although there was a couple of lines at the
start of the first scene where she really sounded like Lady
Whiteadder - I thought she was going to mention turnips!)
From the technical point of view, for me, the lighting and effects
were fantastic, but I think the best was the costumes and the wigs
(wigs rarely seem to get a mention - shame!). I know some other
people have commented on the sound. we were in the Circle, Row E 31
to 33 - the sound was fine, possibly slightly quiet, but I had no
problems hearing any of the show. having been to some shows where
the balance of music / vocals have sometimes been disproportionate,
I was pleased that the balance seems right here. Re. the seats -
legroom is a bit tight, but the view was fine.
All in all, I loved the show - it is well worth seeing, even at top
price, for the sheer spectacle. We have already booked to see it
again in October.
Wicked? It wasn't even good!
I went to see Wicked last Tuesday night (19th September 2006) - I
had no idea of the hype beforehand, it was a spontaneous decision -
there was a spare ticket going and first saw the film and loved it
when I was a small child. We sat in the stalls in the middle, of the
Firstly the acoustics were bad, the music was highly forgettable -
occasionally you could hear a few bars and think this is promising
but then plummet into mediocrity again, the voices were for the most
part shrill (Helen Dallimore was very guilty here). Miriam Margolyes
singing was non-existent. Adam Garcia and James Gillan definitely
had the best voices in the cast. Idina Menzel was ok, certainly not
inspiring. The choreography was dull and clompy.
What was good with it - the sets were excellent, the story linked in
cleverly to the film and the sheer enthusiasm of the cast - for the
sake of the cast, I hope it runs.
I wasn't the only person to feel the same way about this production
- there were a number of people in the audience who like me were
unable to clap and I counted at least twenty who walked out at the
interval. However, always a perennial optimist I stayed until the
end but wish I hadn't I couldn't understand the reaction of the
audience who got up and gave the cast a standing ovation, stamping
and cheering, (perhaps I was seeing a different production?), if I
were being polite I would say that the whole production was very
weak, however I could never describe it as "Wicked" only really
We attended the preview show on Friday 22 September 2006. We had
seats in Q35 and 36 of the dress circle. Although we were a long way
back, it was nice to get the overall impression of the staging
effects which were quite spectacular. We had no problems with sound
at all. As to be expected from sitting so far back, we missed all
the nuances of expression etc from the performers but as we managed
to get them for only £5 (preview price) each seat, we certainly
The show itself was truly "wicked" and "wonderful". It was
refereshing to see an original show with such an entertaining story
and wonderful score. The first thing I did when arriving home was to
track down the cheapest place online to buy the soundtrack from (HMV
by the way!). I am also so glad we managed to see Idina Menzel who
sent shivers down my spine during her "belters". Galinda was raising
many laughs with her delivery and we truly couldn't fault any of the
performances. We were surprised at how good a singing voice Nigel
Planer had! Overall, this is a fantastic show and I would thoroughly
recommend it. Have fun trying to spot the references to the film
"Wizard of Oz"!!
Do go and see this show!
Friday, 22nd September 2006. Predictably,
online excitement about Wicked at the Apollo Victoria is amassing
volcanically – as it did for the superb OBC Recording, now boasting
more than 600 Amazon (US) reviews – and London’s so ready for it!
Let’s not beat around the bush: Schwartz is a genius; listen to
Pippin (1972), the work of a 24-year-old which made more than $3m on
Broadway, and judge for yourself. History encourages us to believe
that artists, musicians, writers of substance have a work in them –
a Guernica, or Sound and the Fury – which perhaps surpasses all
other personal achievement, and so it is with Schwartz in his chosen
field: Wicked is his best, and better than anything we’ve seen in
the UK. The 2000-strong standing ovation at Friday’s preview, and
the block-long queue of cameraphones desperate for Idina well over
an hour after the show, bear witness to this.
What an amazing night! I’ve never felt an atmosphere in the West End
like it: a huge, collective, monumentally visceral anticipation. And
when, when did a Creative Team last come together so emphatically?
The Book is dark but compellingly wry, Mantello’s direction as
ingenious and sure-footed as in Take Me Out (2002) at the Donmar,
the design, staging and costume all scrupulously detailed, and, wow,
the lighting. The ticket prices are high but, for once, you feel the
money has been well spent, not least on Gareth Valentine, possibly
the most inspirational force in London Musical Theatre. So many
talented people, all at the very top of their game.
Other reviewers have discussed the cast and the intricacies of the
set. Suffice it to say, I didn’t spot any technical hitches at this
performance. Of the principals, Helen Dallimore was spot on
(tuneful, spirited, engaging…), Adam Garcia, very watchable, and
Idina Menzel utterly amazing (no wonder there’s so much gnashing on
Amazon about not having seen her in the Original Cast); see Idina
before she flies off ‘for good,’ it’s quite simple. She defies both
gravity and belief!
Wicked rocks… and so to Press Night, and to the other three
performances I’ve booked.
Richard Sutton SE18
My husband and I went to see this show on Tuesday 19th September
2006 after months of anticipation and I can happily report that we
were not at all disappointed. The show was magical, moving and above
all we could not get over how funny it was and with a sharp script
and a cast of well bedded in characters. We plan to see it again as
soon as possible.
The set is magic and also hides some nifty and yet very simple and
effective transformations so just by a few extras one minute you can
be in a magical ballroom of Disney-sequel proportions or a beautiful
poppy garden with an ornate bridge spanning the stage and lit by
candlelight. There is creative lighting, mechanical wizardry and
even video and projector images all used to great effect.
We sat in the Circle row D 10 and 11 and they were well worth full
price, we were bang level with the (enormous) time dragon (who
sparked lots of oohs from the audience whenever in motion) and when
Elpheba flew in Defying Gravity we had a fantastic overall view of
the whole scene one suspects you would not get in the stalls.
To the cast; Miriam Margolyes gives everyone a lesson in voice
projection, Idina Menzel is ten times better than she sounds on the
CD, Adam Garcia is effortless, Helen Dallimore a wonderful character
actress with good comic timing, Martin Ball evokes sympathy and
gives some funny and touching moments, Nigel Planer is just
"wonderful" as the wizard (again big mention to the wizard setup -
wow very impressive) and backed up with a solid cast of talented
dancers and ensemble. The monkeys are really well done, wings very
clever and very effectively portrayed.
The problems people seem to be having with this show is they have
only the CD to base it on and every actor interprets the character
their own way and they are all still finding their characters. For
example having read peoples opinions on Adam Garcia's performance
before we went we kept an open mind and after Dancing Through Life
my husband turned to me and said "I have no complaints...". His only
problem is the brief dancing he does is quite contemporary which is
a little ...well, gay for him. He is not gay (thank god hey
ladies?!) and he does his best to funk it up the way his character
would. Plus with the exception of Elpheba and the Wizard the cast
have been made British and given clear cut accents - which avid fans
of the soundtrack may find odd to begin with. But its early days and
good for them for trying something new and bringing it to our
audiences rather than so many musicals being americanified (Full
Only problems is the sound could go up a notch especially the
orchestra I wanted to be blasted out my seat by that overture and I
was not, it sounded like they were hidden behind a screen somewhere,
but again early previews yet!
Seats at the very back in the Circle I personally would avoid they
were miles high and I looked at them thankful I was not swayed by
the cheap offer and had paid the money.
The atmosphere was electric, people cheered after every song, they
cheered even more at Elpheba's first entrance and they were the best
behaved audience I have seen in a long time, plus of course at the
finale not one person remained seated and I suspect mostly not a dry
eye in the house.
One word sums it up for me "Wicked". This is what theatre is all
I finally saw Wicked, the London production last week (18th
September 2006). It was a pleasure to finally see Idina, especially
as I saw Shoshana on Broadway last year. What can I say about
London? It was good, but I think I still prefer the Broadway
production. I feel Glinda doesn't quite work being a "Sloaney" and
"dumb blonde" especially as Glinda isn't really a dumb character. I
have to say, Katie who played Nessarose was absolutely amazing, as
was Martin Ball and James. Adam certainly had the moves.
I eagerly await press night and the reviews. Oooh sat in the the
front of the Dress Circle. It definitely was a great view to take in
all the effects of "Defying Gravity" and a good place to appreciate
the staging and choreography.
http://www.lucy-harris.co.uk (Mamma Mia's Lucy Harris, a fan page)
I went to the final preview of Wicked last night - 26th September
A really good show which tells the story of the two witches from the
Wizard of Oz, with a few references to the Judy Garland version too.
I was sat in Row S of the Circle and paid just £5 for my ticket. It
was very, very loud and I felt the lady who played the part of
Elsaba had rather a shrill voice. A couple of scary bits for the
younger ones too.
The air-conditioning was blasting out - in fact, I had to put my
jacket on by the end of the first half it was so cold.
The show was finished by 10.30pm for those rushing to get trains
I have seen the show twice now, first time in the stalls row R 24
and 25 and second time stalls row C seats 18 and 19. I had an
amazing experience is both, but it depends on what you prefer. Row R
enables you to take in the whole stage and offers excellent views
and sound, though there is a walk way in front so people are able to
walk past during the performance which can be annoying, especially
during a good number. Row C lets you become completely absorbed in
the action. I love seeing the actors close up and thought this was
fab. You are slightly looking up but this is a small matter really.
Defying gravity is awesome and I was blown away by this in both
seats, row C was fantastic for this song. Idina's voice is simply
beautiful and is a joy to watch. Love the show!!
WOW! and more WOW!
If you have never been to a London musical before make sure Wicked
is your first choice. I cannot recommend it too highly. It is
fantastic ,amazing ,the best show ever!
All the cast are superb. Quality of singing from Idina Menzel is
exceptional. The ensemble were first class too and set is fantastic
especially the dragon and the neon green set for Oz.
As part of the audience I felt it was a really moving production and
enjoyed the atmosphere as everyone applauded each song. It was a
real credit to the cast that it all culminated in an explosion of
tearful cheering, applause and not one person sat in their seats!
All of my party wanted to stay and watch the performance again and
As a party of 10 I felt very nervous about the position of the seats
I had booked to see Wicked on Saturday 30th September 2006. Even
though I had consulted Theatre Monkey to help me decide I was still
unsure about whether we would have an uninterrupted view or whether
they would be worth the money we had paid. We were sat in the stalls
row S24 to 33. Well I shouldn't have been worried at all. The view
from row S was ideal to see everything and to feel totally included
in OZ, but I'm going to have to go back again to take in things I
must have missed as there was so much going on at times.
If you are due to see Wicked soon be assured of one thing you will
be blown away!
Wicked is great, definitely a big show worth watching. The Wizard of
Oz is a timeless classic and the play helps to answer some of the
questions that might have been lingering afterwards.
After reading reviews here we paid for top price tickets in the
stalls (J22 and 23), what a big mistake. Out of all the seats in the
theatre, the guy with the biggest head and curliest ridiculous hair
had to be sitting in front of me. All I could see was the back of
his head! Sufficed to say my enjoyment was cut drastically. The
seats are not set aside to one another either, i.e. the seat in the
row in front of you will be directly in front of you rather than to
one side where you would be able to see through a gap between heads.
Others around me were finding it hard to see past taller people in
front of them as well given that the rake in the stalls is virtually
non-existent. I would advise you seriously think about this and
perhaps sit in the Circle instead or the first few rows in the
I heard two people on the radio talking about "Wicked" and how you
simply must go and see it, 'you won't regret it' they said. Well, I
am writing these thoughts 19 hours after the end of the October 3rd
2006 performance, and you know what? I can't remember the tune of a
I was sat comfortably in the dress circle row J seat 28, almost
centrally placed in a green area of the monkey's, cost £49 with all
the extras. On comes Helen Dallimore as Glinda and I found it
difficult to distinguish what she was saying. I had similar problems
with all the female characters apart of course from Miriam Margoyles
whose every word was crystal clear. I experienced a similar problem
as mentioned by another correspondent. The audience was laughing and
as I didn't hear properly I couldn't understand why, although a
couple in front of me seemed to get everything OK.
All through the first half I wondered what is this all about, and
what was that dragon doing there? Will it fly? What will it do?
Answer, not a lot really. The first half ended with 'Defying
Gravity' which partly stirred me after the tedium which had preceded
it, but even this wasn't that great. Again, I am mirroring another
correspondent's views when I say I watched in awe and wonder as the
car "flew" in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I felt the same when Mary
Poppins "flew" at the end of that show. The sets were very good,
costumes were very good as was the lighting, especially the way they
lit the side of theatre with green when Emerald City was being
portrayed but there wasn't a show stopping moment, well not for me
I thought the second half must be better. I heard a similar comment
from someone in the bar during the interval, not that I would
purchase a drink at those ridiculous prices. I was stretching my
legs. Second half started, can't remember how or with what, probably
a song or two and how about some dancing? Well that wasn't very good
either. In fact it completely lacked energy throughout. Although,
fair play to the monkeys. They flitted about all over, and above the
stage and looked more animated than most.
Now for Idina Menzel. A loud voice, yes but I also had problems
understanding what she was saying, and not only her speech. There
was one song in the second half by her which was very very loud but
I had no idea what it was about because I could hardly distinguish a
word, let alone a line. I noticed a light two seats down from me, it
was a woman looking at her mobile phone, very bad manners but showed
she was bored with the show. It was almost a relief when it was all
over. The audience went mad, most were standing applauding loudly
and there was no curtain call, just a scant acknowledgment of the
applause and lets get the curtain down so we can go home attitude.
At least it didn't take that long to get out of the theatre because
the Apollo Victoria has two exits. I travelled to the show by
motorcycle and at the bike park (conveniently located very near) I
spoke to someone who was unlocking his bike ready to leave. I said
have you watched the show? He said 'no I work backstage. Did you
enjoy it?' he said. I said 'no, not really.' He said 'never mind, at
least you can say you've seen it.' Well you can also say that if you
go, but don't be fooled by the hype, as is shown by the fact that I
can't remember a single song means that to me it was instantly
This is the first "new" musical I've seen. Previously I have know at
least some of the songs before attending a show and have gone out of
the theatre humming at least one tune, but I can honestly say I went
out of the Apollo not remembering one. I should have got the
soundtrack from somewhere, but after that glowing recommendation
from those two on the radio........... The reviewer from "The Times"
was right, two stars out of 5.
Well what can I say? One of the best musicals I have seen!!! I can
thoroughly recommend this show. We wanted to see this show when we
were in the States last year but couldn't get a ticket for love nor
money (there were tons of Americans in the audience of the
performance we saw!) so when we found out it was coming to London we
booked tickets early.
We were in the stalls (J22 and J23) these were somewhat
disappointing - the rows are all on one level so if you have a tall
person in front of you, you have to keep dodging their head when
characters are centre stage. I suggest for the stalls either buying
tickets further back (from row Q) where the seats slope or if you
want to be near the front don't go in the centre that way you are
always looking diagonally so people in front of you do not get in
the way. The stage itself was fantastically set.
If you love the story of the Wizard of Oz (as I do) then you will
love 'Wicked', its alternative story for the witches of Oz ties in
beautifully to the original story with every attention to detail!
Finally I must say if you decide to go and see this show then do so
before the end of December - the reason for this....IDINA MENZEL.
She won the Tony award for this role in the States and my god you
can see why! It was the best performance in a musical I have ever
seen, she literally took my breath away. I'm sure her replacement
will be brilliant but she was out of this world, so I would get your
tickets quickly so not to miss out.
All in all 10/10!!!
I booked preview tickets for the whole family to see this show on
September 19th 2006. We sat in Dress Circle row S, seats 27 to 30.
The theatre is set out in such a way that you could probably see the
stage to a decent degree no matter where you sat if you are of
average height, but being only 5' tall, I have trouble seeing
anything wherever I go. Although the rear circle has a good rake, we
had a tall man in front of us and we had to swap seats around so
that the tallest member of our party sat behind him. But even he had
problems and had to constantly lean to one side to get a proper
view. Then of course there were safety bars right at the front of
the circle, so the four rows in front of us all in turn had to lean
forward, until we were all leaning forward to see over someone's
shoulder! I had a neck ache for days after.
The show itself was indeed 'Wicked'. We all thoroughly enjoyed
Idina'a fabulous voice, she really is a talented performer. We were
disappointed however that 'Glinda' - although very talented - was
played by an Australian woman with an English accent, and therefore
the song 'Popular' lacked the quaint little lilt of tone that the
very American original artiste portrayed. Also we thought it a shame
that Madam Morrible did not attempt to sing at any time! (on the CD
soundtrack she sings). The three women in our party particularly
enjoyed Adam Garcia.
The mobile set and colourful costumes were fantastic, and the sound
was brilliant, but I was really blown away by the lighting and
All in all, despite having a raging stiff neck for a few days, we
all enjoyed this show immensely and would happily recommend it to
anyone to see it.
Well what can I say.... in a word F A N T A S
M A G O R I C A L!!!
I went to see the show with 28 other Cast members from G.A.P.S -
Gatwick Airport Pantomime Society (www.gatwickpanto.co.uk)
and we were sat to the side of the Stalls in rows G, H, and J seats
32 to 45ish.
As you walk up the steps into the theatre the sheer buzz that you
get from the masses and crowds is just out of this world. This show
seems to appeal to such a wide mixture of patrons such as Families,
Homosexuals, Grandparents, Students....the list is endless.
These seats were excellent and a fun and most memorable time was had
by all, with no viewing problems whatsoever like others have
mentioned on Monkey's site. A very clear uninterrupted view.
For any musical or show, I would always recommend front Stalls as
the best seating.
Idina Menzel, and Miriam Margolyes really make the show. Idina's
Voice is truly unmatched by anybody else, she makes your whole body
shudder with delight and leaves you feeling like "wow how does she
do that" and what can I say about Miriam, dear Miriam, she bumbles
onto the stage all voluptuous and boisterous and its then that you
know you are watching sheer class!
When Idina walks out there is a massive cheer which at one point
felt like we were at a pop concert at Wembley, as she generated such
an tremendous buzz (probably being as she is along the same lines of
stardom as Julia Roberts in the USA)
I'm going again to see the show on in December with my long-time
friend Ian, and we have somehow managed to get seats J30 to 31 after
plenty of ringing around (finally booked through SeeTickets), which
in my eyes these seats priced at £55gbp+fees will be
From the Gatwick Area
Wicked: matinee performance 25th October 2006
After many hours listening to the Original Broadway Cast recording
and enjoying the music greatly, I got on the phone on the day of the
tickets being released and booked two seats for Wicked. Normally I
would have booked mid-price seats for a West End show but I thought,
"what the hell let's splash out," so I got seats M 24 and 25 in the
stalls for 55 quid each. Before I go into the review proper I will
tell you about these seats and the technical aspects of the
production. Other readers of Theatremonkey have commented on the
lack of rake in the front centre stalls. This is a problem but we
were very fortunate to have two children in front of us (there is no
off centre seats i.e. they are all behind one another in this
block). Consequently we enjoyed a perfectly central uninterrupted
view of one of the most lavish sets I have ever seen. Close enough
to see faces and expressions but far enough away to get the whole
effect of the set and which does not restrict itself just to the
stage (genius usage of the LED fabulousness that is the Apollo Vic).
I would like to predict now that Mr Lee will add to his awards
collection with the London transfer of his set.
With regard to the lighting of the show…it could not have been more
perfect (another predicted awards bonanza for Mr Posner). Stunning
visual treats were created with both set and lighting , the like of
which I have not seen before and do not imagine seeing again until a
certain big budget show comes to the Drury Lane next year. What
really adds to the spectacle is Susan Hilferty’s extraordinary
costumes of which there were loads!! I cannot imagine how crazy a
life of a "Wicked" dresser must be but, my god, the quick changes
were everywhere and unless you were paying attention you would not
notice the fact that most of the cast changed from one mentally
complicated costume into another in the space of less than a minute
on numerous occasions throughout the show.
I then come to the band…oh my frikkin god, they were brilliant. One
of the best gatherings under a stage in a long, long time. I would
like to moan about one moment when a trumpet was about a quarter
tone flat which ruined the whole show for me (I joke monkey
lovers…its just that as a musician these things are a bit more
noticeable for me). Some readers have also commented on the sound. I
thought it was perfect with the correct variation in volume for each
movement and song and my god they have to bash it out when a certain
green girl starts to sing with wonderful megaphone style belting
qualities (odd compliment but it works).
Right lets get to the nitty gritty of the Wicked experience. I will
unusually begin with pre-auditorium entry. Jesus wept people, avoid
going into the theatre too early…the place is rammed and you can
hardly move. I have a feeling that most people were trying to avoid
the bloomin' awful stench of rotten poo and eggs that for some
obscure reason was blighting the Victoria area on Wednesday
afternoon and causing hundreds of people to walk about with scarves
and hands over their nostrils in a fashion that wouldn’t have been
out of place in a smog filled east Asian mega city in the summer
Stinkfication aside we got into the theatre and took our fabulous
seats..ooh very comfy and with decent legroom too, and marvelled at
the twinkling emerald city and the cogs and gears of the dragon
clock. It was very clear that Wicked had already achieved teenage
cult status with girls wandering about in show t-shirts and odd
looking ladies getting excited over their 15th viewing of the show.
One must remember that it was half term for schools (reason I was
there) and that it was definitely a family visit to London occasion
which I loved as the buzz before the show was brilliant and when the
band started to play cheers and yelps one would normally experience
at a 'Take That' concert (albeit not as fun as 'Take That' and with
an older crowd) were heard all over the theatre and this actually
added to the fun and wonder of the show (I have a feeling that the
cast are loving their jobs as grins and laughter were evident
throughout especially from the flying green bird).
Anyway the show …. God this is taking an age… opening fantastic,
good projections and lighting effects setting the scene for
something a bit special, first chance to hear the flipping awesome
ensemble….cracking voices, awesome dancers, one of which was very
floppy indeed (look for the one in the skirt in dancing thru life he
is very ‘ballet boyz’ lol). Finally we meet Helen Dallimore in her
bubble. What a pretty lady she is and, after all the moaning we have
seen about her interpretation of a role that some see as only
playable by copying squeaky star number one La Chenowith, I was
pleasantly surprised by how I warmed to her almost immediately and
what a lovely voice she has… At one point in ‘thank goodness’ she
proved to me that she could belt green girl off the stage if she
wanted to! She played the part wonderfully and I for one am chuffed
for her that she got the role.
I think it may be time for the woman of green to be talked about….I
would normally use expletives to show my enthusiasm for her
performance but I will restrain myself and just use the words…..oh
my god!!! What a woman….acting perfect, singing perfect and one must
on this occasion separate her singing voice from her belting voice
as it is quite possible that this woman has another little person
living in her larynx ready and waiting to add to the volume when
required. Once she had blown the roof off the theatre in ‘the wizard
and I’ the audience went nuts and rightly so…we were witnessing one
of the best vocal performances of our time…she is better now than
she was on the CD, more warm, full bodied and rounded vowels adding
to a master class in musical theatre singing. This is not to detract
from her sotto voce... which really suited duets with Dallimore (a
lot nicer to listen to than Menzel Vs Chenowith).
Right swiftly onto other cast members…I will be brief. Katie Rowley
Jones as Nessa Rose: stunning voice and later on evilness ooh she
was good. James Gillan as Boq: aaaw wee Scottish fella who broke all
our hearts and who hides a huge voice which practically explodes out
of him on a number of occasions! Miriam Margolyes as Madame Morrible:
wow…what a woman - not a note sung but it was still splendid and you
really wanted to smack her chops by the end of the show (in a nice
way obviously). Martin Ball as Dr Dillamond: again heartbreaking
performance and a lovely singing voice to match. Nigel Planer as the
Wizard was good…it’s a crappy part but he did well to make it good.
And finally Adam (best bum in town) Garcia as Fiyero….I was really
happy with his performance….he needs to breath more or at least put
some effort into sustaining ends of phrases but a nice voice and one
that complimented greenies very nicely…I would if I could go at him
with a pair of scissors…that hair is really bad!
Right that’s the cast, but I do want to go on a bit about the end of
act one…never have I felt such exhilaration and joy than at this
moment... wow wow wow! Edina Menzel is wonderful and the simple
effects are some of the most breathtaking I have seen on a stage…who
cares if she doesn’t dangle like a blimp (there’s a cross reference
for you), she rises majestically and because there was no roof left
on the theatre at this stage of the show, I will have to start using
'the walls being blasted apart as she sang' as a metaphor. God she
is loud and it works so well….seriously, by the end of this song the
vast majority of the audience are stunned and in shock at what they
have just experienced. Even the old man sat behind me said
“(expletive) me darling,,, that was a bit good!”…and then during act
2 she comes along again and caused nuclear meltdown of the whole of
Victoria with ‘no good deed’ ….ah ha maybe that’s why the sewers are
buggered….some women break glass when they sing, she breaks
Right it's time to go …here are my final words on Wicked….get a
bloody ticket before she leaves in Jan 2007... the woman is a green
goddess (without the blonde hair and terrifying leotard). Obviously
she isn’t the whole show on her own - and Kerry Ellis will do a fine
job when Menzel leaves - but if you can see Edina blow up London if
you can. Right I have to go and buy the Take That Tour DVD …bye x
Wicked is an absolute must see!
It is proof of the almighty power of live theatre in its rawest and
most passionate form.
The sets are absolutely breathtaking and the costumes utterly
marvellous. The score is powerful and the lyrics poignant and witty.
TOP TIP: The theatre holds the whole of the front row until the day
of the performance, when, for only £25 you can buy them (max. 2 per
person). They go on sale at 10am. We arrived at 12pm, slightly
worried that they would be sold out...but they weren't! I hate
paying full price in the West End as it always deadens the
excitement for me - so this is definitely worth a look!
We sat in the front row of the Wednesday matinee and I must admit I
was slightly worried that the principles may not be performing or
that maybe they wouldn't be up to their best - I shouldn't have
worried! No cast members were understudied and the intensity of all
actors was incredible. We were about 8 feet away from the actors,
including the fabulous Idina Menzel who rightly deserves the hype -
her voice is like nothing else I have ever heard in the West End!
The only negative thing about sitting in the front row is that you
lose a lot of the impact of the set, which comes right out over the
proscenium arch and into the auditorium. But the fact that you get
so close to the marvellous costumes and stunning actors more than
makes up for it. You also get closer to seeing things done with
smoke that you'd never imagine!
I cannot believe another post on this website that suggested all the
songs were instantly forgettable! The show-stopping 'Defying
Gravity' was haunting me on the train home and I just had to
download the album as soon as I got home (which, incidentally is
The supporting cast is awesome with Miriam Margoyles putting in a
devilish Madame Morrible and Adam Garcia superb as the love interest
All in all, one of the best things I have ever seen in the West End.
YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS SHOW!
I went to see it last night (14th October 2006), sitting in Row E of
the Dress. I was a
little concerned before by the reports on this site about the sound.
I feel they must have sorted it because I felt it was perfectly
balanced between vocals and orchestra, at an appropriate volume -
Idina Menzel's magnificent voice given just the right
"knee-trembling" factor! Also, the spaciality of the sound was
right. So, I breathed a sigh of relief.
On another note, I am sure the theatre is now more than air cooled,
judging by the temperature at times. It was quite a mild evening
last night, and I am sure I felt some icy blasts! Also, during the
quieter moments (yes, surprisingly there are one or two) the noise
of the cooling system became quite intrusive!
Having booked months in advance for best seats, I was eagerly
looking forward to seeing Wicked. What a disappointment. The songs
were instantly forgettable, there was little variety in the style of
music and there were far two many songs and not enough drama.
For the last half century, the songs in musical theatre have been
integral to telling the story. Well, in Wicked the songs are boring
and there is not enough story to make a two and a half hour
show. The show failed to engage me - I couldn't care what happened
to any of the characters. I found myself listening to lines that
should have been quite witty, but were not getting any laughs. It
was hard to know just what audience this show is aimed at – it is
too scary for young children and too juvenile for adults.
Technically, there were problems with the production I saw (Tuesday
10 October 2006), and the first act finale failed to take off -
literally. The wicked witch looked frankly ridiculous standing
centre stage clutching a broomstick and singing “I’m flying high –
defying gravity”. It’s a pity that technical problems can spoil the
highlight of a show well after opening night.
On the positive side the costumes were spectacular, the acting
generally good (Miriam Margolyes is the real star of the show), and
the sets and lighting were quite good – but sadly the positives were
not enough to make it a good night out or value for money.
Saw the matinee performance on Saturday 14th October 2006. Sat in
seats J 18, 19 and 20 in the stalls. Fantastic seats could not fault
them. The slope in this part of the stalls is not very steep but it
didn't make any difference. Could not recommend these seats too
Before the review a major moan. After paying £55 for a ticket (plus
booking fee) the brochure (no programme available to buy) is in my
opinion a complete rip off. For £6 all you get are the photos you
can get off the website for free and the cast bio's you can also get
off the website for free. Plus there is plenty of advertising in
there too. You would think that they would make sure that after the
high price of tickets, the brochure would be quality. Sadly not.
Wow wow wow wow.
I had hear it was good but did not expect how superb it actually
The story is marvellous, very clever the way it is its own story but
weaves so much of the original story into the plot.
The sets are breathtaking, the whole stage is like a huge clock
turned outwards capped off by a dragon dominating the top of the
proscenuim. The set changes flow seamlessly.
The music is fantastic, in particular "No Good Deed", "Defying
Gravity", "For Good" and "No-one Mourns the Wicked" just did it for
Idinal Menzel - just see her! See her while she is still in London.
Her soaring voice was breathtaking. She brilliantly conveyed the
transformation of Elphaba from a lonely teenager, to an idealistic
young woman and finally a tortured outcast. The audience absolutely
got it and loved her from the first time she appeared on the stage.
This I felt was a legendary performance.
Helen Dalimore was a fantastic Glinda. It appears, from having read
earlier reviews, that she has grown quickly into the role. She was
hilarious, scatty and spoilt but conveyed a vulnerability coupled
with a real steel hand in the silk glove. She was fantastic.
Miriam Margolyes as Morrible - all I can say about her is that she
stole every scene she was in. She was wonderfully, wonderfully evil!
Nigel Planer as the Wizard - could not imagine anyone doing it
better. Just great in a limited role.
In supporting roles, Martin Ball, James Gillan and Kate Rowley Jones
as Dillamond, Boq and Nessarose were all superb. Faultless
The company is also faultless. Magnificent singing, dancing and
What a fantastic afternoon at the theatre. Have not stopped raving
about it since I saw it. The audience gave it an ecstatic reception
at the end. The ovation was massive - real enthusiasm.
In the end though, two words: IDINA MENZEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I was leaving I sent a text to a work collegue who is seeing it
in November and said it was the best show I have ever seen.
It was, and I cannot wait to go back.
Your comments about the un-American-ness of the show appear to have
been taken on board as it would seem from a visit last night - 17th
October 2006 - that it is much more in tune with the Broadway
version that I saw last November in NY.
"Once the director realises "Popular" works way better with an
American air-head accent than it does with a British spoof-Sloane
one, it'll be the perfect "DVD night in" substitute."
It is now getting back to the American-ness that should always have
Friends who saw a preview a few weeks ago and who also came last
said everything was tighter and better, especially the sound
We were sitting in row H 40 to 44 which are in red on your seat
plan. True the left-side stage action when the cast are not very far
forward misses a bit of a view but, overall, you lose nothing. One
important thing to bear in mind about this show and others - is that
a lot of the close-up action takes place on the left side of the
stage and rows A to J seats 35 to the 40s really get the best and
most intimate view of what is happening in key scenes.
Also, last night, seats in 35 to 42 in rows B to E were unsold. Any
late-comer, personal-callers at the box might enquire about
availability of these if they desperately want to see the show at
short notice or to try and do a deal.
What your other correspondents don't seem to take into account with
regards to "seat rake" is that the theatre was originally built as a
cinema and as such the stalls seating in the first 20 rows needed to
fall away from the stage level to make the screen visible. Why Live
Nation have failed to address this is clearly a matter of cost and
priorities - and of course Live Nation's bottom line.
Final moan, and something I have taken up directly with Live Nation
directly, is the obscenity - in this day and age - of the long, long
queues for ladies toilets all through the interval. There simply
just aren't enough and it is a scandal that a top West End show
really has inadequate provision for basic comfort needs for women
and girls. The Coliseum - after its own £40m refit - faces exactly
the same problem.
One day, one fine day, some entrepreneurial property developer, in
collaboration with a truly caring and wise theatre-management
organisation is going to build a really magnificent London theatre
with a wide and flexible stage, excellent sight lines, fantastic
acoustics, seating and prices geared to what the public wants and
needs almost certainly as part of a comprehensive, major property
When the developers built the Uris Theatre in New York - home of the
Broadway "Wicked" production they knew just what to do and how to do
it see below. And as result are reaping the benefits. See
Where, is Mr Alswang when we need him?
I went along on 31st October 2006... had seen the show once before
on a "Dress Circle"
evening in September during the previews was interested to see how
the cast were doing since then....
Well - I enjoyed it even more than last time - excellent seats in
row J of the stalls 26 and 27 ... I have seen that other reviewers
didn't like row J- maybe we were lucky not to have tall people in
front! I was able to see details of the fantastic costumes and the
facial expressions. Legroom was ok... fully agree about the
inadequate toilet facilities though!
Helen Dallimore as Glinda just gets better and better - her accent
has settled down, her voice seems stronger, and with the delivery of
some of the lines and the expression, she is hilarious - just
perfect for the role..
Idina Menzel put in another fantastic performance - 'Defying
Gravity' is possibly the most spectacular, but her performance of
'No Good Deed' is just mind-blowing!
Adam Garcia as Fiyero .. hmm well, he has got a bit less wooden, but
I still don't particularly like him in this role - the character has
charisma, the actor should portray this, but doesn't IMO
Miriam Margolyes - excellent ! I can't imagine anyone better for the
role - she goes from a rather comical figure to a chilling
manipulator. Speaks rather than sings, but I think this works well
Nigel Planer as the Wizard - I think he is very good - he manages to
maintain the mid-west accent pretty well (to my ear, anyway), and
some of his expressions, towards the end of the show are very
moving, and actually made me feel a bit sorry for this quite evil
Martin Ball as Dr Dillamond - very very good - can't be easy to play
I think with the mask, but I really warm to him, (which I guess
makes Elphaba's fight for Animal rights so important)
James Gillan and Katie Rowley Jones as Boq and Nessarose - Katie has
an amazing voice, and her character development is excellently done.
James is perfect as the lovelorn Boq, and has a few nice touches as
the Shiz Boq (I loved it when he stuck his tounge out at Elephaba
behind her back) .
The Ensemble ... possibly the best in the West End at the moment
(well, tied with 'Les Mis') - excellent singing and dancing.
The sound levels were just about right - the staging and lighting
are awesome - if you haven't seen it yet, I really would recommend
going to see it ...
As a show, there isn't much to compare with Wicked. It's lavish, the
performances were great, the plot is very cleverly woven into the
original "Wizard of Oz", and overall it's fantastic entertainment.
However, as one of the earlier reviewers has already said, the songs
are unfortunately instantly forgettable, and since this is normally
one of my favourite parts of any musical, I found this to be very
Overall, the "Wow" factor of this show is really there, and it was
certainly money well spent (very good seats, thanks to the
Ticketshop!) It's not going to compete for my "favourite show"
Would I go again? Most definitely.
I saw Wicked on 2nd November 2006.
I though this show was mixed. The awards for me go to the sumptuous
costumes and the spectacular set – and a personal achievement award
to Idina Menzel. She is outstanding and I would urge people to book
before she leaves the show. Miriam Margolyes does a good job. Most
of the rest of the cast were very poor – they needed a charisma
infusion to carry the show through. Interesting how we now have two
major West End female parts – Elphaba and Evita – being filled by
foreign actresses and benefiting from it.
The staging is extraordinary in its lavishness and in how the
setting becomes the focus of the show. The finale of part one is a
stunning visual; the only other show I can think of with scenes
where the visuals of the setting are so important and so strong is
"The Lion King." I also enjoyed the clever book and lyrics, and the
construct that alluded to the film. I’m glad I saw this show but I
realise that I’ve analysed it rather than emoted with it. I took
children aged 12 and 16. They enjoyed it but also identified the
faults, so I wouldn’t bank on it for success as a preteen party.
Saw the matinee on 5th November 2006. Was a bit worried as could
only get seats ZC1-2 in stalls but needn't of worried - did not feel
like I missed anything. Yes, would be nice to be in centre of
theatre but if this is all that's left did not feel cheated... and
loads of leg room! I`m over 6ft and had no problems. In quieter bit
did get a little noise from behind curtains at side where they keep
stock for the bars etc, so staff should be quieter - and cold blasts
as someone else said - but I had a great view.
Not a perfect show, but pretty damn good; has some really magical
moments. A little long though, I felt, could be cut a bit and not
lose anything . Very strong cast all round no one is weak. Idina
Menzel and Helen Dallimore are FAB - fans of the 1939 classic will
not be upset or disappointed as they link it in quite well. Great
set and lighting, sound was fine even at the back. Both leading
ladies should be up for Oliviers as should the show.
I'm an American student studying over here, and jumped at the chance
to see Idina Menzel in Wicked! Saw the Wednesday matinee on November
8th 2006. Was supposed to sit with a friend in B 8 and 9 of the
dress circle - to all the readers, try and avoid B9 of the dress
circle as much as you can, as there's a pole right in front of your
line of vision! Luckily the seats in the centre of B of the dress
circle weren't filled, so we moved and 2 friends who had bought
tickets for other seats moved down to sit with us, B in the centre
of the dress circle are great seats, I could see everything, facial
expressions quite a bit too! A 5th friend showed up REALLY early and
got front row centre seats - I'd highly recommend this, I paid 55
pounds for dress circle, great seats once we moved, and she got to
see Glinda's tear in 'For Good' for 25!
I LOVED THIS SHOW, it's something I would totally see again! I've
listened to the soundtrack so many times, especially recently, and
saw a bootlegged Broadway version last year, but this absolutely
surpassed it all! I'm sure that Kerry Ellis when she takes over as
Elphaba will be wonderful, but I gotta say nobody will EVER top
Idina Menzel, the woman is absolutely incredible!!! Her voice is so
powerful that she left me with chills, almost in tears, and
seriously feeling like the roof was gonna blow off from the strength
of her voice alone. Although I do have to admit that she let on me
down slightly on 'Defying Gravity' because she did a shorter, one
noted version of the "is ever gonna bring ME down" at the end rather
than that incredible belted changing ME note that's on the
soundtrack, but the change in weather might have meant that she
wasn't quite at the top of her game today, plus the fact that the
woman does that show 9 times a week! Course if what I saw was Idina
Menzel sick, I can only imagine what she's like when she's fully
healthy. Like someone else said, 'No Good Deed' is absolutely
mind-blowing, by far the best song in the show, at least to me!
Adam Garcia was great, I particularly enjoyed 'Dancing through
Life', but 'As long as you're mine' needs some work - the stage
movements took away from the chemistry that you're really supposed
to be able to cut with a knife. I absolutely loved the Irish or
Scottish version of Boq, he was AMAZING. Miriam Margolyes as Madame
Morrible deserves an award, she was awesome! My friend and I
disagreed on the Wizard and Nessa - I loved both of them, she
didn't. Nessa was great as the little spoiled sister who can still
be pitied, I really liked her. And the Wizard was great - I loved
the fact that Nigel Planner stuck more to the traditional Wizard of
Oz as a harmless US hick who got carried away rather than the
EXTREMELY creepy bald guy version I saw in the bootlegged version,
and I have to give him props on the Midwest accent - he did great,
though when he first came out my authentic St. Louis/midwestern ear
caught a touch of southern...
Now we come to Helen Dallimore as Galinda. I have to give her some
credit, because it's a hard role to do, especially 9 times a week.
And she did get much better during the 2nd act. But she just didn't
get it in the first, in fact she seemed to lack confidence in the
first act, the exact opposite of what spoiled self-assured Galinda
should be at that point! The low point was definitely 'popular,'
sadly because I'd been so looking forward to that. But the producers
need to realize that it just does not work to do 'Popular' in a
British accent!! The words are "Popular. You're gonna be popular"
and she did it as 'going to be'. Seems small but 'gonna be' and
'going to be' are two totally different things - Helen just made
'Popular' way too proper and it didn't work at all. I think if she
can gain the confidence in the 1st act that she has in the 2nd and
really work on 'Popular,' she'll be great. But like the song says,
"let's start, cause you've got an awfully long way to go".
The set and costumes were amazing, but next to Idina my favourite
part of the show were the monkeys!! Especially the part where
they're set free - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! They were flipping and flying
everywhere, it was incredible! And I'm not sure what people are
talking about with people not flying, because those monkeys were
most definitely flying all over the stage, and maybe it's just me
but considering that Elphaba got up to my eye level in the dress
circle in 'Defying Gravity', I'd say that's definitely flying. It's
one of the parts that kept me open-mouthed during that song.
I'd highly recommend this show to anyone, but say that you should
definitely go now or before December 31st - DO NOT MISS THE CHANCE
TO SEE IDINA MENZEL PLAY ELPHABA, SHE'S THE BEST PART OF THIS SHOW
AND SHE'S AMAZING!
I went to see Wicked last night (9th November 2006), and while it is
not the greatest musical of all time, it was very, very enjoyable.
I think we had fantastic and great value seats, Circle, Row H 18 and
19. These are two seats on their own, right in the middle, not too
far back and priced only £35. The same would be true for Row G and
Pass the message on.
Finally saw Wicked. I enjoyed it very much. I’m afraid, though, I’m
going to be the odd man out here. I was a bit disappointed with
Idina Menzel. She does sing beautifully and has a powerful voice
(her lungs must be made of steel). However, I didn’t find her acting
all that impressive, especially considering she’s been playing the
part for a very long time, and that she received a Tony for this
performance. I was, unfortunately, underwhelmed. Maybe my
expectations were too high.
I was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the cast, though, and I
definitely enjoyed Helen Dallimore as Galinda. I was kind of
reticent that any actress could actually outperform Kristin
Chenoweth in the Original Broadway Cast recording, and yet she did a
great job. No problems at all with her Popular. Then again, I’m not
American and my expectations are not the same. Helen wasn’t as smug
and self-loving as Kristin’s Galinda, but more ambitious and wackily
ruthless, which suited the rather hypocritical character just fine.
She made me laugh in lines I didn’t expect too. Miriam Margolyes, as
everybody pointed out, was brilliant. I also thought James Gillan as
Boc quite good.
Even though Wicked is not exactly my cup of tea (sometimes it seemed
more like a live concert than a musical), it made me wish to see it
again sometime in the future.
We went to see Wicked this weekend (11th November 2006) and it was
terrific and second to none!! We had seats P42 and 43 in the stalls
and we were a little worried as you had these as red on your seating
plan. Yes, we did have to view the stage at a slight angle but we
didn’t miss any of the action on stage and had a fantastic view of
all of the characters. The tickets at full price were worth every
penny and we would recommend them to anyone.
Saw the show on Saturday 11th November 2006. It's a great story, the
show is quite slick, scenery well done and the cast were all good.
However, I have to say it just didn't do it for me. A previous
reviewer hit the nail on the head - it just seemed too long winded,
and the story kind of got lost along the way on occasion.
I felt most of the songs were a bit bland - no memorable 'thighslappers'
here. I felt the show would have worked better without some of them
or at least they could be shortened them to get on with the story. I
was really disappointed that Elphaba didn't fly when singing about
defying gravity - felt like there was perhaps a technical hitch
there and she should have done so - if so they hid it well...show
must go on after all, but if not, what a shame and nevertheless
thought there would be more 'flying' all round.
Didn't live up to expectations and left feeling a bit disappointed -
shame really as there is a cracking show in there crying to get out.
The cast are good but wouldn't agree they compare to 'Les Mis' -
perhaps that's down to the songs as well.
Ladies - make sure you 'go' before you arrive - unless you want to
wait for ages - the queue for went all the way down the stairs to
the door in the foyer at the start and was worse at the interval -
We saw Wicked on 9th November 2006. Our seats (stalls K 26 and 27)
were AMAZING. I can't imagine better seats for this show. Close
enough to feel part of the show, far back enough to allow a small
amount of illusion. We had to look up to get the full effect of the
dragon, but I really think that it should be that way. After all,
he's meant to be looking down over OZ.
We were a bit nervous about the show, having not been grabbed by the
soundtrack we purchased online. We went into the theatre feeling
even more unsure, as there were notices tacked up everywhere saying
that Idina Menzel was not singing that night, but rather her
standby, Kerry Ellis. I'd read reviews saying Menzel's voice carries
the show, so was totally gob smacked when I heard Kerry Ellis. What
a voice! Having never heard Menzel live I can not compare but OH WoW
was Ellis amazing. She'll be taking over in January so don't by any
means think you must rush to hear Menzel before she's gone, because
Ellis has the kind of voice that gets right into your stomach and
carries you through the show. When it ended I wanted to sit right
down and watch it all over again.
The thing is, the entire show was amazing. It was the kind of
experience where you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief
because it's so good. The scenery is wonderful, the transitions
(something I'm picky about) were seamless, the costumes lavish and
the staging masterful.
Basically, don't miss this show.
Went to the Matinee (18th November 2006). Spectacular show but the
sound was truly appalling. We were in row F of Dress Circle (£55 per
ticket). Good view. Spoken word could be heard and mostly understood
but as soon as the orchestra struck-up we couldn't understand a
syllable! There was just a wall of unintelligible sound!
I went to Wicked yesterday (23rd November 2006) and it was amazing.
During the interval I was already plotting ways to see it again
before the end of the year.
Our seats were pretty good although we couldn't see all the action
on the left hand side of the stage, especially the part where the
house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East. Luckily a girl was
sitting in front of me so I didn't have to lean to the sides to see
Although I was disappointed that Idina wasn't performing, Kerry was
amazing and she won everyone over by the end of 'The Wizard & I'.
She didn't hit all the notes that Idina hits in Defying Gravity but
she put a lot of emotion in her singing.
Adam Garcia was pretty good. His singing wasn't on a par with
Norbert Leo Butz and Kerry's voice overpowered his during the duet,
but his acting and dancing was good. Kerry Washington, Miriam's
understudy was also on. She was OK but I think Miriam would probably
bring more to the character.
The wizard has a very dodgy American accent and I've figure out why;
he's supposed to be from Kansas in the US. I guess Idina keeps her
accent because that makes her even more different from all the
"normal" people, and Kerry keeps her own accent because her Elphaba
wants to fit in. I didn't think Nigel Planer was particularly good
as the wizard; he was too flamboyant for a man who is actually quite
unsure of himself.
In conclusion, I loved it and will be going to a Wednesday matinee
before the end of the year hopefully
I have now seen the show four times and have sat in a variety of
seats. After 0 in the dress circle I have had row P centre in the
dress circle, row W dress circle and row D in the stalls.
I have to say that from all of these seats I got something different
from the show - but all were great. Row W of the dress circle -
booked last minute - cheap - great overall view - took my cheap
Argos binoculars for a closer view - but others in my party were
still blown away by the show from here.
- only problem I have found with any of the dress circle seats - is
the leaning forward person - if you have someone that does that - it
is a real pain - but a polite word often does the trick.
Row D of the stall was a very different experience - very powerful
and personal. Great as I'd already seen the show - but maybe you
miss out a little on the whole effect. I would book these / or
closer again - as I saw lots of little things I hadn't noticed from
With 159 people in my group opinions stretched over the full gambit
from at least three saying it was by far the best show they have
ever seen, to two of the men wanting to walk out at the interval and
one saying it was the worst show he has ever seen. You can never
The main consensus however was that it was a superb production with
incredible stage props and effects and amazing costumes. Kerry Ellis
was Elphaba and no one should be disappointed about seeing her in
the role full time from January 2007, what a voice!
I had encouraged all who had access to the Internet to read up on
the story line of the link between "Wicked" and "The Wizard of Oz"
and for the others I had copies of the story on the coaches for them
to read, but still many had real difficulty in understanding what it
was all about; but I think they were the ones who were just not
inspired by it at all and didn't want to understand it. I suppose
they were looking for catchy songs to sing on the coach back which
they will get with our next two shows "The Sound of Music" and
'Wicked' may not have memorable songs but it has a uniqueness that
makes it quite special.
I was waiting and waiting and looking for Elphaba to get on that
broomstick and do a Harry Potter but it never happened!
I think it is true to say that more ladies enjoyed it than the men
and it certainly appeals most to the teenage and younger, audience,
but most of the thanks and comments coming my way after the show
have been most complimentary and so far those who did not like it
have not expressed those views to me.
I did get one complaint about the brass rail on the balcony which is
just on eye level, fortunately there were other seats empty which
they moved to and others in the circle almost had vertigo due to the
rake of the seats and they moved to the stalls.
We had seats H34 and 35 in the Dress Circle. I took my 10-year-old
daughter and she thought they were the best seats we’d ever had!
Unobstructed view and it was nice not sitting next to anybody! We
usually pay top price so I was apprehensive but I would recommend
these to anybody. Show is fabulous - don’t be put off by critics’
reviews – I’ve recommended this show to many people and they were
all knocked out by it!
Went to see "Wicked" for the second time on Saturday 9th December
2006, having first seen it back in October 2006. Then, I sat at the
very back of the stalls in the centre. This time row N of the
stalls, centre block.
This show is a breath of fresh air in West End theatre. Yes the
revivals are great, and yes I've got my tickets for "The Sound Of
Music" but give me "Wicked" any day. The music is wonderful, the
dialogue sharp and witty, the costumes sumptuous and the sets quite
spectacular. And as for the performances...
Both times I have been fortunate to see the full original cast.
Second time around Nigel Planer and Adam Garcia had definitely
settled into their roles and were a pleasure to watch. Miriam
Margolyes strongly deserves to win her best supporting actress
nomination as she commands the stage each time she comes on. Helen
Dallimore gives a clever and very amusing performance as Glinda.
Whilst perhaps not matching the voice of Chenoweth (original Glinda
on Broadway) she acts as a great foil to Elphaba and the two of them
work a good chemistry on the stage. So what of Idina Menzel?
Outstanding! Not only is her voice the most incredible I've ever
heard in live musical theatre, she creates a totally believable
character in Elphaba. She takes Elphaba on a journey from the young,
naive,e nthusiastic girl in "The Wizard And I" to the dark, haunted
and tormented woman of "No Good Deed" with ease. Her second calling
of Fiyero in "No Good Deed" must be one of the most emotional and
chilling moments of the show. There is no note she cannot hit, no
musical dynamic she cannot master. Got to be on for the best
performance in a musical at next year's Olivier awards.
Technically the show runs like clockwork. We just had a very short
failing of Elphaba's microphone at the start of "One Short Day".
"Defying Gravity"r emains the biggest show stopper of "Wicked" but
second time around I enjoyed many other parts of the show as much.
My feeling with "Wicked" is that there is no middle ground. You'll
either love it and allow yourself to be transported to Oz with all
its wonders or it simply won't be your thing at all. Guess which
category I come under.
I think loads of reviews have talked about the wonderful
performances in Wicked, but the show as a whole is amazing too. Many
musicals on the West End seem to have their very firmly in cheek, 'Spamalot'
and 'Avenue Q' (which I absolutely love) being obvious examples.
Indeed many critics seem to think that musicals must be wryly self
referential and ‘not take themselves too seriously’ in order to be
taken seriously . Wicked is definitely a funny show, but it is
definitely of the old school, proudly sporting at least two power
ballads and the odd romantic duet. I think this may be why many
newspapers and reviews have not been kind about it, but I believe
they have missed the point. It's well executed, the songs are not
too overdone and there is always a joke or a knowing Wizard of Oz
reference to stop things getting too serious or self important. It
may not be the 'coolest' musical, but it has a magic to it. I got
lost in the show for two and a half hours, caught up in the fun and
excitement of what is going on.
I was sat in stalls seat B11, marked red by Theatremonkey. I totally
agree with this assessment. Soundwise it is fine, but because it is
so far over the side of the stage, you miss some of the action
upstage left. The way the chorus are arranged in some scenes also
prevents you seeing all the action, which is not great if you don't
know the story. I also got a very good look at:
a) the stage hands in the wings, and
b) Helen Dallimore's pants at least twice in every scene (which some
may see as a selling point).
However, if you are seeing the show for a second time, it has its
advantages. What I lost from some of the chorus numbers, I gained in
the leads songs. I was really close and it did really give the more
emotional songs more impact.
I love Wicked, and the 15th December 2006 was the second time I have
seen it. Even though I am a massive fan, straight theatre is more my
thing and I generally wouldn't be so into this type of musical. It
really is hugely enjoyable and has something which has now made it a
lasting favourite of mine. It is an fun, honest, unpretentious and
amusing musical with brilliant tunes. I agree with another reviewer
who says you love it or you hate it. If you fall into the first camp
then you can help but go along with it. It might not be to
everyone's taste, but give it a go and you may be pleasantly
a later review:
You got me... I went to see Wicked again on 30th December 2006. I
started queuing at 12.40am on the Apollo Victoria steps in driving
wind and rain wearing practically all my clothes. And I was reading
a Dan Brown novel. Things could not get much worse. But I stuck it
out until the morning and got a ticket! The last day seat to be
exact, stalls A36.
As it was Idina Menzel's last night (you wouldn't catch me sitting
in central London all night otherwise) I don't think there is much
point in reviewing the performance. However, all I would say is just
because she has left, don't stop going to see the show. She is
undoubtedly an amazing performer, otherwise I would not have queued
nine hours for a ticket, but the show doesn't rely on her
performance, it is a brilliant musical in its own right, and the
other actors are brilliant. I know she has her detractors but Helen
Dallimore is a treat as Glinda. She has a real warmth and
watchability which has grown over the three (ahem) times I have seen
Wicked. You feel for her in a way that I think may have been harder
if she had been the bitchy cheerleader type that she was on
I was nervous the queue was going to be a mad scrum but everyone was
really calm and fair about who had arrived first. If you can spare
the time to queue, these tickets are great value, especially as the
prices are going up. Now that Idina Menzel has left I doubt people
will need to turn up that far in advance either, especially on
For £25 this is a really good seat. I have sat on the far side at
the other side of the stage and the view here is much better (and I
didn't see Helen Dallimore's pants). The odd bit of a scene was
blocked by chorus members, but all in all I caught most of the
I realise this is now my third review but I would like to point out
I am not a weirdo (much). I have never seen any other musical more
than once, and indeed have never owned a soundtrack for a show I
haven't been in apart from this one. Wicked has something about
which has got me, go and see it!
I saw Wicked for 1st time in November 2006 from row G of the circle,
2nd time in December 2006 from row L of the stalls.
I queued for day seats on a very cold Tuesday, arrived 0830 (box
office opens 1000). I was 14th in the queue but about 5+ people
joined friends ahead of me at various stages so I ended up further
back. All the day seats went by about 4 people in front of me -
**NB** every 1 person can buy either 1 or 2 tickets (it does state
this on the show's website) (worth checking the policy though, if
planning to buy these seats, as it can change - editor). The people
at the front of the queue had been there since FIVE THIRTY A.M.!!!
and this on a day where it was about 1 degree C. Goodness knows what
the queue is like on Saturdays!
I think they should do 1 ticket per person as most day seats are,
that way you can judge if you are too late in the queue.
I would agree with previous reviews about the sound - when I saw it
in the circle I could barely make out half the words of the songs.
The theatre needs to sort this out - that's why you have preview
performances. The sound quality was MUCH better in the stalls. It's
not fair to penalise people who can't afford top price tickets such
that they get bad sound quality.
The view was still excellent from row G circle though, and I didn't
find the bar in front of the seats restricted the view.
Idina Menzel as Elphaba is EXCELLENT. Helen Dallimore and her
understudy are both very good. The other parts are all well cast.
Wicked is a visually spectacular show. Costumes and stage are well
The songs are a bit pop-musical-ly and I didn't think much of them
the first time round - although 'Popular' and 'Defying Gravity' did
have some impact - but they've all grown on me.
Be warned - this show has gone cult and both performances I have
seen there are screaming people (mostly teenagers and I have to say
lots of American tourists too!) at various points during the show. I
didn't know that and it came as a bit of a shock to my friends and
You will enjoy the show even if you know nothing about Oz, but if
you've seen the film The Wizard of Oz, and particularly if you read
any of the Oz books as a child, you will enjoy the in-references and
back story etc. Very clever.
Even sitting in the dress circle where all the actors looked like
dots (binoculars come in very handy, so bring your 50ps!!) - the
atmosphere was fantastic and the show was amazing!!!
Idina Menzel was amazing - what a great voice! Beautiful girl -
shame she only gets to be seen in the green!!!
So much praise has been written of Idina Menzel, all of it deserved,
but she has left now (January 2007), and we must look to Kerry Ellis
who has replaced her as Elphaba. I first saw the show in October
2006 and was mesmerised by Idina's performance, so I must admit I
had a preconceived prejudice that she could not be equalled. I went
to the show on 1st January 2007, which was Kerry Ellis' official
first night. I need not have worried; she soared to the occasion -
one might even say she defied gravity - belting out a tremendous
Her singing was extremely strong - especially in her big opening
number "The Wizard and I", after which she had the audience under
her spell. But where she triumphed was in her acting ability. She
captured the nuances of the change from vulnerable, isolated girl,
to dark, embittered activist with panache and subtlety. The
relationship between her and Helen Dallimore worked well, too. It
was also prudent not to make Kerry play it with an American accent -
Elphaba worked just as well with an English one. While Idina just
had the edge in the voice department, anyone who is due to see the
show need have no worries that it has been any way diminished by her
departure. Kerry was joyous and excited at the curtain call, a
delight to see as she absorbed the justified applause and inevitable
A quick mention of the other principals' performances since I first
saw it. Helen Dallimore has improved a lot. She has relaxed into the
part, and I wonder whether some pressure has been taken off her with
the change of Elphaba. I certainly think the chemistry between them
is better. Nigel Planer has also settled into the role of Wizard,
looking more comfortable.
This show has definitely made a 'WICKED' impression on the both of
us. We have now been to the emerald city a grand total of 7 times
and every time it gets better!! We have sat in a variety of seats
spanning the breath of Oz from row A of the stalls to row X of the
dress circle and each seat has given us a new experience and added a
new dimension to the already fantastic show. Back of the dress
circle is great value for money at £15 but we recommend the middle
blocks for optimum viewing. Front row is great but make sure you try
to get seats 16 to 25 as a lot of the action takes place here.
The only issue we have as frequent theatre goers is that the theatre
seems to allow late comers in at any given moment throughout the
show even though they say 'late comers will be admitted at a
suitable time'. This can really ruin the performance and has done
We simply loved Idina and are devastated that she has left. We agree
with the reports the Helen has grown into the role and have
witnessed her flourish with every performance we see. We are now
fans!! Adam Garcia seems to have been working hard, although we
don't think his performance is as great as it could be. It has
definitely improved from when we first saw him during the previews.
We are really keen (but nervous!!) to see Kerry Ellis step into
Idina's shoes. We will report back when we have seen her in action!
TIP: NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED!!
Karen & Peter
Got myself day seats for both shows on Saturday 30th December 2006.
The shows were amazing and definitely worth spending the night
outside in the cold for the day tickets!!! There were lots of tears
from the cast and most of the audience actually, a few moments of
spontaneous laughter from Idina and Adam, and a beautiful speech
given by Helen at the end. The atmosphere within the theatre was
amazing, everything Idina did was supported with a massive cheer and
she lapped it up with extra riffs and harmonies, as well as adding
more comical moments than usual. Was truly a fabulous day and was so
pleased to have been there.
Saw Kerry Ellis on Thursday 4th January 2007, our very first British
Elphie!!! She was fantastic and can't wait to see her develop more
and more into character as she goes on.
Saw 'Wicked' for the second time on Saturday 13th January 2007. I
had heard Kerry Ellis was
good, so wanted to see her. Only booked tickets two days before and
checked before I bought that she was performing. They said "yes!" so
I spent £230. Arrived on Saturday to be greeted by a small A4 sign
on the door saying, "Boq and Wizard = understudies" and, worse
still, 'Elphaba' - no Kerry or stand in - but understudy! I was
really miffed to say the least.
But, I have to say how much the whole show has settled and improved
since last time I saw it. Helen Dallimore is really great now, a
real star; Adam Garcia much improved. The wizard u/study, well, in
my opinion better than Nigel Planer. Boq was great too.
Now comes Elphaba, played by Cassidy Janson? I think that's right?
Well all I can say is "WOW" - she did a great job in such a
demanding role - I was not disappointed. She hit every note (did not
quite soar like Idina), but great job and deserved her standing
ovation. Just wish Elphaba really did fly? Not enough space
Sat in row U of the stalls 31 to 34. Had great view, and was close
enough to pick up on things I couldn't from previous seats in row ZA.
Think its wrong prices go up next month; I worry many families etc
will soon be priced out of theatres.
Wednesday 24th January 2007.
Really enjoyed the show – certainly full of special effects and
costumes and set were great. Kerry Ellis was very good and the other
female lead, whose name escapes me – one or two of the other parts
were a little weaker, namely the male lead – who didn’t have a very
strong voice – Kerry has a really powerful voice and needs someone
equally powerful I feel, to match up to her. Can’t remember who
played the Wizard but not Nigel and he didn’t seem to make the most
of his character. Overall though I really enjoyed it and feel it is
well worth going to see – and it would especially appeal to younger
people. It was very well received by the audience.
The one point I would make is that I can’t think of any of the songs
standing out for me – normally when I have been to the theatre there
is one song at least that I can’t stop humming – even if I’ve never
heard it before but I honestly couldn’t hum one of those if you
asked me to (and I’m sure you won’t – your loss not mine I hasten to
add!) Shame they didn’t use one of ELO’s songs from El Dorado.
Sat in Seats Row ZA in the stalls 28 and 29 and very good view as
most of the stall seating seemed to offer.
My partner and I went to see the show Saturday 3rd February 2007,
and found the production wonderful. As already stated by previous
visitors to the site, Kerry Ellis delivers. 'The Wizard and I' and
'Defying Gravity' left us stunned, such was the power of her
performance. She and Helen Dallimore complimented each other well
and the whole cast was worthy of the standing ovation it received.
Now the negative part, don't pay £55 or £60 (come the end of the
month) to sit in Stalls, row E, seats 8/9. These are top price
tickets and yes, you guessed it, they had a restricted view. We
could not see a full half of the back of the stage. Thankfully, most
of the action took place further forward.
Furthermore, "Where did the stage hand come from"? We saw a lot of
him. I didn't realise that the bedroom scene for 'Popular' involved
Elphi, Galinda and stage hand, but there he was! Also, there was a
strange noise coming from the walls. Was it water pipes? To
conclude, a fab production that we will see again, but spoilt by
unnecessary additions and NOT worth top prices for dodgy seats. Now
I'm off to complain to the theatre/ticket outlet.
I reviewed this musical for the ‘Monkey’ back in
September and subsequently for
Gravity…and Belief!’ 'Wicked' was the best thing in town by a green mile; I saw
Idina Menzel eight times including both performances on her final day as Elphaba:
Saturday 30th December 2006. As innumerable blogs, mostly on YouTube, testify,
this was one of the greatest days in the lives of everyone lucky enough to get
tickets at the Apollo Victoria.
The performance I saw on Saturday 3rd February 2007 (7.30pm) was
simply not the same show. Idina has gone, and with her all the
magic. Gone the beauty, charisma, wit and vocals which raised Wicked
above the rest.
Kerry Ellis was on, with three understudies (Morrible, Fiyero,
Nessarose), and it felt like the 'B Team' it was. Had you never seen
Idina then Kerry would pass as serviceable, but the comparison is
painful. She sings sweetly enough and they turn the amps up, but so
what. Worse is the patent lack of acting talent: virtually
everything spoken is flat, humourless and inaudible. Worst of all –
about which nothing can be done – her stage presence: she is not
credibly ‘wicked’ at any point in the evening, resembling little
more than a short, tedious school prefect. The show lives or dies by
Elphaba: thus we witness a debilitating death. Even Helen Dallimore
– excellent September thru’ December – was a pale imprint of earlier
golden-ness, suffering no doubt from the low energy levels
The producers’ nightmare, all this. I was convinced Wicked would run
and run; now I’m not so sure, and I certainly won’t be hurrying
back. I’ll make do with the memories of 2006 and the CD.
19th February 2007. Well, what a show! I can't remember when I last
saw something new that I
was so impressed with. Good music, good lyrics and a book to match.
I had heard 'Popular' and 'Defying Gravity' before but none of the
other songs and I have to say the majority I really enjoyed. In
particular 'I'm Not That Girl' and 'What Is This Feeling?' stood out
As for the cast Kerry Ellis has a wonderful voice and whilst one
other reviewer seemed to think she lacked presence and 'wickedness'
I can only say that I saw none of that from the performance we saw.
One of my favourite singer/songwriters, Mr K Frog, sang of how 'It
isn't easy being green' but our emerald heroine plays her part with
such style and apparent lack of effort it might make him a liar. I
thought her standing ovation was thoroughly justified. Helen
Dallimore is wonderfully funny and Adam Garcia is also very good.
It's testimony to the current cast that an American gentleman was
overheard at the theatre shop asking to buy a copy of the cast
recording, but upon hearing it wasn't with the current London cast
he turned heel and left.
For the sake of balance however not everything is wonderful in
'Wicked'. I agree with others who say there are one or two bits of
padding and the Wizomania bit seems simply out of place. I almost
expected to see Stuart Hall come on stage laughing about the
Belgians as the giant heads bobbed around. All in all though this is
a musical I will definitely be seeing again soon and such a relief
to find a new show that lives up to the hype and delivers in a big
Saw the show on 5th April 2007, amazing! Kerry Ellis' voice is
superb and she has a great stage presence.
Had row W 17 to 20 in Dress Circle, was a bit worried we would not
see much but good view, a bit steep going up, and I don't like
heights but coped! 19 and 20 were the better of the 4 seats as with
the other 2 it was the problem of people leaning forward in rows in
front of you. Only annoying thing was people being let in late and
going in and out to the toilet, not very considerate, I had two
children with me and they managed to keep still. Also ladies toilets
a nightmare, tried to go in interval and queue right down the
stairwell, but isn't that always the way...the men's were fine. On
the whole a brilliant evening.
The Apollo Victoria Theatre is filled to capacity during our April
2007 Friday evening viewing of Wicked. The scale of the production
with its staging, dazzling visual effects, and eye-catching costumes
is sure to delight. Kerry Ellis delivers a strong performance as
Elphaba, the wicked witch of the West. The strength of Wicked is its
imaginary appeal as a story about the Land of Oz before Dorothy,
performed in the beautiful art deco confines of the Apollo Theatre
which itself could pass as a portal to Oz.
But Wicked also has some problems, the biggest being how to tell the
story of pre-Dorothy Oz to folks who have not read Wicked, but are
very familiar with the Yellow Brick Road version. I feel that
Wicked's script is clumsy and foggy for the uninitiated viewer who
is not privy to the book's history of characters and events in Oz.
It's not that anything is glaringly wrong, but I simply could not
connect the dots to many of the side stories which are intended to
show why Elphaba is not the wicked witch she seems. My wife, who
read the book, tries to keep me up to speed, but this leaves me
scratching my head as to why the script is not more tightly written.
The musical score, though pleasant on the ears, lacks that "wow"
factor, those songs which stick in your head on the way out the door
( 'Defying Gravity' comes very close though ). This is unfortunate
as Ms. Ellis has a great voice but only a couple of opportunities to
really showcase it. The ending also falls flat, rolling to a stop
instead of building to an emotive final conclusion ( and this is a
shame since the cast works so hard throughout ). Indeed, there's a
happy ending, but it lacks the words or music which should be there
to reward both cast and audience and re-enforce the magical
Does this mean that one should not see Wicked? Not at all.
Wicked is an entertaining journey to Oz. One can focus upon the
costumes and staging or you can take that imaginary journey to Oz
with the characters. We're glad that we see Wicked, but we're not in
a hurry to go back. All musicals go through transitions and work
arounds. Perhaps the script will be tightened and characters more
clearly defined to take full advantage of the fabulous staging, the
energetic cast, and the wonderful theatre in which Wicked is
playing. So by all means go and see Wicked and enjoy Oz without fear
of being carried off by flying monkeys.
The Apollo Victoria Theatre is itself an attractive art deco venue
with high ceilings & a large stage -- perfect for a production such
as Wicked. Our seats in Dress Circle (D24/25) were as TM suggests,
very good seats - comfortable and good leg room to boot. However
that brass balcony railing which is located adjacent to the aisles
is indeed an annoyance which blocks your view of the stage. It
affects my view of the stage from D24, though not my wife's view. I
suspect that the same is true for rows C, E, and F immediately
behind or opposite my seat. Perhaps others can weigh in.
28th April 2007, matinee. This was my third visit to this fabulous
show. This time I had my children with me - age range 7 to 13, and
my husband. We sat in row C of the stalls 24 to 29. Fantastic seats
with a great view of all the action and the emotion.
I had seen the show twice with the amazing Idina Menzel and the
question I asked myself was "Is the star the show" or "Is the show
the star?" Quite simply the show is the star. I do feel that Idina
Menzel plays the part of Elphaba better than Kerry Ellis but that is
not to say Kerry is not good. She was fantastic. I just feel Idina
holds the stage better and her movement is more theatrical, which
compliments the part. She also delivers those comic lines with a
touch more timing and punch.
However with a less dominant figure in Elphaba the rest of the cast
seemed to shine. Helen Dallimore was on sparkling form and Adam
Garcia was at his swankiest - a shame they are leaving this summer.
Susie Blake played a thoroughly sinister Madame Morrible -
excellent. The costumes in Wicked are out of this world! Sitting as
close as we did you could see the incredible detail and Susan
Hilferty really should have won the Olivier award for costume
Loved it, loved it, loved it!
One final comment. Your previous contributor from the US made
reference to Adam Garcia mistakenly leaving stage left and having to
run across the stage to correct himself? He has done that each time
I have been to the show. It's called comedy!!
We saw this show on 2nd March 2007 and were blown away. The cast was
superb ad the lighting effects fantastic, particularly for 'Defying
Gravity.' Special praise must go the the sound engineer. We heard
every word clearly, not always the case.
My third time seeing 'Wicked!' Was it third time lucky?
........ well, yes and no. I finally got to see Kerry Ellis play
Elphaba and, after everyones' great reviews
was expecting to be blown away... and yes, she delivers where it
matters. Her best song was "No Good Deed," which was the best I've
seen, but I felt I could not connect with her performance - her
acting was pretty shallow in my opinion .I felt both Idina and
Cassidy gave real rounded emotional performances.
My seats - front stalls row N 23, 24 and 25 were perfect - best I've
had. They seem much higher than the row in front. We had a clear
view - even my niece who is an (emo) then (scene)... I know, if like
me you don't get it, we are too old! It's a kids' thing but she
LOVED the show - hasn't stopped singing the songs, wearing her
hoodie, and reciting "toss toss" from 'Popular.'
Susie Blake was a good Madame Morrible, completely different
performance to Miriam Margoyles but just as good. For me the real
star of the show is Helen Dallimore. It's amazing how she has
improved and really made the part her own, her comedy timing is
fantastic her voice soars, for me she is the star of the show.
Whoever takes over as Galinda has some big shoes to fit.
All in all a great night was had by all. One little gripe, and I
know lots of people have mentioned it, but latecomers!!!!!!!!! We
counted 20 coming in 15 minutes after show started, then 6 during -
I mean DURING - "DEFYING GRAVITY!!!" and sat behind us, then never
came back after interval. The theatre must do something about this.
Also felt sound was bit muffled and clearer a little further back.
I queued up for day seats for my wife and step-daughter on Saturday
2nd June 2007. I arrived at 7am to find approximately 10/12 people
ahead of me in the queue. Some of those at the front appear to have
been there most of the night!! Please bear in mind that the box
office is in Wilton Road and not Vauxhall Bridge Road.
The 3 hours passed quickly thanks to meeting a very pleasant couple
from Atlanta, Georgia. We all noticed however a number of people
"appearing" from nowhere and becoming a part of the queue, not
behind us but in front of us...so beware interlopers and people
"saving" places for their mates. At least one of the latecomers had
a "Wicked" sweatshirt on and clearly they knew the score and the
right tactics to ensure success for gaining tickets. It may well be
that they were only after one ticket each rather than two but
still...by 10am we had been relegated to 20+ in line.
Anyway all's well that ends well I got the two matinee tickets at
£25 each - Row A seats 28 and 29 - which saved my bacon with the
missus, and the girls adored the show, and can't wait to go see it
again. Looks like I will get to know the Victoria Apollo pretty
I saw Wicked (June 2007), from stalls seat D30. I didn't feel I was
too close to the stage, neither did I feel a sore neck. But there
was very little leg room and I was sitting beside a rather large
American woman who took up her own seat and much of mine. When we
had to let someone in during the second number she refused to get up
and chaos ensued.
Personally I didn't like the show. Two good songs (Popular and
Defying Gravity) don't make a show and what I heard was extremely
bland. Kerry is a powerful singer but I was not impressed by Helen
Dallimore, I thought she screeched. Also, I was only in row D yet
found the sound a problem. And Ms Ellis sounded as if she was in a
hurry to get home. I could hardly make her out in certain parts cos
she spoke so quickly!
Loved it. Second time around I thought Kerry Ellis superb (she was
understudied last time) but prefer Helen Dallimore to the new Glinda
- who was a bit over done. Oliver Tompsett was, however, just as
wonderful a Fiyero as Adam Garcia.
We had £20 seats in the circle and quite a good view, but found
latecomers, toilet visitors and general movement throughout the
performance to be rather irritating.
OK, it was a Wednesday matinee in the summer (August 2007), so there
were a lot of children, but I had two kids with me who would not
dream of behaving so in a theatre. Many adults were no less
The woman behind me even thought it a good idea to give her restless
daughter her mobile to play tunes on during the climactic scenes.
Thanks, that really helped the atmosphere.
I wish the theatre staff could patrol a bit more, or do something!
It felt more like a cinema than a theatre.
I queued up for day seats for "Wicked," I got there at 8.00am due to
delays on the bloomin' Piccadilly Line and there was about 18 people
already in front of me... but my gosh was it worth the wait... we
got row A seats 31, 32 and 33 - they were great. Central seats would
be ideal, but still they were fab. You do miss a bit at the
beginning but its nothing to fret about...
Kerry Ellis was amazing and Dianne Pilkington was amazing as Glinda..
I have seen wicked before - last year with the original cast - but
prefer it now. Also, Oliver as Fiyero... Wooo he is hot!!!... and
has a great voice!!
Overall a standing ovation, and an amazing performance
Previous to seeing the show, my friend said "I liked it, but I
didn't love it. The choreography wasn't very 'WOW!'", and perhaps
this lowered my expectations, but I thought it was a great piece of
new musical theatre. Every penny is up there on the stage, and most
of the sets only appear once, for five minutes, and then are hauled
off never to be seen again; this lack of thrift is nice from
something that is obviously a money-spinning production rather than
a labour of love.
Dianne Pilkington plays Glinda with the perfect balance of comedy
and tragedy, and her in-jokes give the show its cleverness - it is
actually a smarter show than I had realised, particularly in act 2
when the well known Dorothy storyline starts to kick in. However her
singing is not great, particularly in act 1 (she affects a silly
voice for the acting (good) which she carries through into the
singing (bad), leaving it very nasal, and the high notes sound
rather operatic). In fact, 'Popular' was a big hit, but more because
she plays it silly and big rather than she hits any particularly
impressive notes. Not true for Kerry Ellis who is serious
hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck stuff. Pitch perfect in every
department, I simply couldn't fail to love the show whenever she was
onstage: 'The Wizard And I', 'Defying Gravity', and 'No Good Deed'
are all showstoppingly amazing.
Interesting then that for a show which seems all about the lavish
spectacle, that the big production numbers are the slowest moments.
'Dancing Through Life' is nothing special and serves no real point
except when Galinda realises how she has hurt Elphaba, and this is,
admittedly, well handled (partly due to the leads' excellent acting)
but a 10 minute song to go around that moment is a bit much. 'One
Short Day' feels anything but, and could quite easily be cut without
losing anything and I think 20 minutes pruning in act 1 would keep
the whole thing feeling lighter on its toes. As an aside, I think it
was in these places that my friend found fault, and it's true that
this is in no way a dancer's musical. Nigel Planer is underwhelming
as the Wizard and looks like he's about ready to leave the company.
Neither of his songs really have anything to them and it niggled me
that although none of the other characters affected an American
accent, he did.
The enormous difference in the quality of the two witches' singing
voices mean that the duets are not perfect, particularly 'What Is
This Feeling?' but by the end of act 2, Glinda was far less whiney,
so 'For Good' was really, well, good. Overall, it feels like a
really big production in a really big theatre, with, perhaps, slight
overkill in almost every aspect (slightly too long; tries to do big
dance numbers unnecessarily; the connection with The Wizard of Oz,
particularly at the end are well and truly hammered home; and
somebody please tell me what is the dragon for?), but my worst fears
were unfounded - I didn't feel like I'd been processed or sold cheap
emotions, and actually had a wicked time (sorry).
A few other bits and pieces:
1) I was shocked that there are no programmes or cast sheets, only
£6 glossy brochures (particularly having just come back from
Broadway where everyone gets a free programme at every show). What a
2) I went during the week so there weren't very many children under
about 15, but the theatre really try to make it crap for everyone by
selling big rustly plastic bags of crunchy popcorn, even coming into
the aisles just before act 2, so beware.
3) I was sat in the centre of row G (G25, G26). Great seats and
didn't have to look up. There is a dragon above the stage but he
literally does nothing except wiggle occasionally to cover scene
4) As I left I overheard a teenage boy turn to his friend an say
"...yeah, but I have only seen it 4 times." to which she replied
"Really?!?" so it looks as if repeat audiences will keep this one
running for a while yet...
Our trip to 'Wicked' was on Tuesday 11th September 2007 - booked
several months ago. Our seats were Row E 21 to 25 in the Dress
Circle and we had a good view, seating was well raked and all the
stage was visible. Legroom was a little tight but nothing out of the
I came to this show with very little expectation and I came away
having had a pleasant evening but I had not been "Wowed". Parts of
the musical are very funny, parts are very spectacular, the two
leading ladies were both superb - fantastic singing by both Kerry
Ellis and Diane Pilkington.
I enjoyed the songs but now can't actually hum any of them. The
scenery and costumes were very glitzy and green. The diction from
the chorus was very bad at times and the sound didn't blow you away
but the story has been cleverly invented and woven around the
original version with some neat touches.
The theatre seemed to be only two thirds full so I was surprised to
read about people queuing to buy tickets. Maybe this was just a bad
day for ticket sales.
My score overall would be 7 out of 10 - not in my top ten of
musicals and I won't be going to see it again but an enjoyable
Friday 14th September 2007: went to see 'Wicked.' This is a toughie
to comment on - the hardest yet. It's easy when something is naff or
great. For me the first hour bored me stiff and, having spoken to a
few people in the audience, they also agreed; however the next half
hour in the emerald city was superb.
For me the show was brilliant in parts / boring in some, good in
others / poor in other bits, very good and so on and so on. The
costumes were great. The choreography I thought was quite basic -
not much dancing and nothing that would give the choreographer
sleepless nights!!!! Pity; for me in musical the highlight is the
dancing!!! Sadly lacked a bit in this show!!!
The singing, in my opinion, must rank amongst the best in the whole
of the West End. The Wicked Witch (green girl) - her singing was
phenomenal. For ME the good fairy, Galinda, I couldn't stand her
speaking voice or her singing voice. That is NOT saying she hasn't
got a good singing voice - just not my sort of voice.
Most of the songs I thought were boring and very similar - the best
song for me was from the Wizard himself, "Wonderful," - a different
tune and catchy. Once again a great voice (as did the green girl's
"boyfriend" - great voice.)
For me the show was too long. Normally the longer a musical, the
better, but not in this case. The first hour could have been
shortened by half an hour on what we saw. The monkeys were fantastic
- obviously trained acrobats I would have thought?
Now here comes the extra talent also... the stage designers, the
lighting, the special effects - all phenomenal. A very high standard
- and obviously these "guys and dolls" who did this know their jobs
- to the highest extent.
Would I go again? No. Would I recommend it? No. Would I not
recommend it? No. Would I stop anyone from going? No. This is what I
mean: this is a difficult one to opinine on because I did enjoy it
and I didn't enjoy it! It was 'great and it wasn't great' make sense
of that if you can!!!!
The hardest musical I have ever had to opinine on because of the
contrasts. It was expertly done - so as always it's a matter of
one's own opinion... go and see for yourself!!!!!
Wicked' - As Good as it Gets
Originally got curious about 'Wicked' when noticing its success each time I
visited the USA and, despite REALLY not being a fan of the MGM, the success,
size and spectacle drew me to watch it. Saw it back in June 2007 on a Saturday
night and it simply blew me away, so much so that me and my girlfriend have
already seen it again and booked tickets for another viewing in October 2007.
'Wicked' is as big as you can get in terms of size and spectacle. Aside from
'Rent' and 'Footloose' I'd always appreciated this kind of show more than
others, shows like 'The Lion King,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' etc. I wouldn't
say 'Wicked' is THE most lavish I've ever seen, but it's certainly up there. The
sets, the costumes, the effects, everything is sheer quality - it's no surprise
that Hollywood giant Universal is behind the production.
The music is quite simply the finest of any show I've seen. Whilst many shows
have strong numbers with a few that really stand-out I think 'Wicked' has almost
10 numbers that are brilliant, with several that are as good as anything I've
ever heard. The show reminds me of when Disney were churning out another golden
age of animated musicals with the likes of 'Beauty and The Beast,' 'The Little
Mermaid,' etc but in terms of the sheer number of killer songs multiply it by
The story is refreshingly different and very different from the book. Whilst
it's been "sugar-coated," the author of the original novel appreciates the fact
that you leave the show with the "right" feeling that he intended when writing
his wildly successful fantasy.
Aside from production values and the music and story itself, the role of Elphaba
and Kerry Ellis's portrayal of her is simply perfect. I don't think I've seen a
greater lead-character and certainly Ellis's performance is awe-inspiring. If
you're not left with rock-solid goose bumps when the curtain comes down for the
interval you must be a robot. Idina Menzel made the role her own and my niece
was extremely disappointed not to get the chance to see her playing Elphaba when
she saw 'Wicked,' but, needless to say, she now wishes it was Kerry Ellis
singing on the soundtrack CD and not Menzel.
I guess if I had to note any negatives there's a lack of traditional
choreography and big dance numbers, but please don't let that put you off. Also,
the first half of the show is much bigger in terms of spectacle and feel-good
factor; but the emotional impact of the second half of the show makes up for
To summarize, 'Wicked' is brilliant. Amazingly written songs, brilliant to look
at, packed full of every kind of emotion and world class performances. Musicals
do not get any bigger or better than this.
On a later visit to a Wednesday Afternoon performance in October 2007:
For our third time in 4 months we used the brilliant 'Orange 2-4-1 scheme' (an
offer for that cellphone network's users - editor) to get two top price tickets
for £60 for the Wednesday Matinee Performance. I would never choose this
particular performance usually but we were in London for the evening to see
Darren Hayes play the Royal Albert Hall in the evening so it made sense, if the
offer wasn't on we wouldn't have watched it again quite so soon but very glad we
In terms of the show the principle cast was thankfully all correct and present
with the exception of understudies playing Morrible and Dillamond. With all due
respect to Susie Blake and Martin Ball I was just delighted that Kerry Ellis was
performing and to a lesser degree Pilkington and Tompsett. Interesting to note
that my father (who is 70+ and very much not a theatre-goer) thought Glinda was
outstanding, as on first viewing I wasn't convinced. In the space of the four
months since I've watched her, though, Dianne Pilkington has improved superbly
and I was very impressed by her acting skills this time around when watching so
This was my chance to catch Nigel Planer for the first time, as previously he
wasn't performing, and I have to say the show was much the better for it. The
other guys were good; but Planer was perfect as the Wizard. It's a difficult
role to play as the audience don't know whether they should love him or loathe
him and that's exactly what Planer nails. Superbly played and I loved it when he
spat a tiny piece of spittle toward Elphie by mistake when speaking some lines
and, even though hardly anyone saw it and it only travelled a few feet, Kerry
Ellis made a light-hearted gesture with her eyeline as if he'd gobbed a massive
ball of spit that flew straight past her - she had a "Wicked" look about her as
if to suggest "Nice one Planer - that just missed me"
Stalls Row Z 28 and 29. Paid £40 for these £60 seats when visiting the Box
Office on the day (local discount offer, Editor) and were good value for the
money. My girlfriend is of average height for a female and her view wasn't
brilliant with someone of average height in front of her, quite far back with
low ceiling due to Circle Overhang but for £40 good seats. For face value of £60
you can get MUCH better.
Stalls Row M15, 16 and 17: Researched these seats and came up trumps. Superb.
The raking just comes into effect and the aisle location means that the person
in 17 has a total unrestricted view. Plenty of key scenes straight ahead too. If
you're paying top price for tickets, these are near-perfect seats
Despite wanting to check out the show from the Circle I'd been put off by many
reviews on this site so this time plumped for the Stalls Row C Seats 32 and 33.
These are the aisle seats on the side front stalls block and this is the second
time I've sat on the aisle on a side block and strongly feel that any aisle seat
on either side block from Row C back to P are brilliant. Because of the angle
your view will be totally un-interrupted and the seat in from it are usually
very good too. My seat in Row C on the aisle was perfect bearing in mind it was
my third viewing. I had no one sat in front of me in Row B so when Elphie,
Glinda and Co, were my side of the stage it felt like they were singing directly
to me. Awesome.
Like others have said before though, for a first viewing I think ideally it's
better to sit further back - I bought my parents tickets in P16 and 17 which was
a few rows back from my last seats and they loved their view. Having now watched
the show from both sides of the Side-stall's I would recommend labelling Seat
No's C17 back to P17 and C32 back to P32 as great seats. As mentioned previously
the seats next to these won't be as good but they'll still be good ones.
Loathing, unadulterated loathing? No way! I went to see Wicked on Thursday (18th
October 2007) for the 14th time, this time taking another 94 critics in the
shape of pupils aged between 11-16. They absolutely loved the show and I thought
it was one of the best performances I have seen yet. Kerry Ellis was on top
form, with 'No good Deed' and 'Defying Gravity' being highlights, gave me
goosebumps. It was the first time I have been since Dianne Pilkington has taken
over the role of Glinda...with a Ga. I went with reservations, but she was
amazing, ultra funny and has made the role her own. Kerry and Dianne have a
great chemistry and it looked like they were having a great time.
As for the sits, we were spread across the front section of the stalls. I sat in
row N seat 19 and had perfect view of the stage, however this was because no one
was sitting in front of me (lucky lucky). The seats in the front section are
poorly raked and hardly staggered which means your full view can be blocked if
you are smaller. Some pupils needed cushions kindly supplied by the staff, to
help them see. So I would pick front dress circle or the first 5 rows of the
stalls. Some pupils commented that some of the action was missed as they were on
the ends (seats 3-7) and sight lines are not great (I have trained them well!!)
Overall though, apart from some of the seating, a great show that I have yet to
get bored with. Go Kerry, we salute you!
Queued up for day tickets to see
the performance on Tuesday 16th October 2007. I
arrived at 8.00am and discovered I was the queue!! After
another 20 minutes or so another 2 arrived followed by another 2
another 20 minutes later. By 10am there was only about 10 of us
in the queue. I got tickets A22 to 24 and have to say they must
be one of the best bargains in London. The view of all the
action is amazing because you do not have to look up to see it
This was my first time at 'Wicked'
although my wife and daughter saw it last year. They both
thought that Kerry Ellis was amazing and if anything better than Idina Menzel. I personally thought Dianne Pilkington was quite
sensational as Glinda. The show itself was quite amazing
and I would certainly recommend anyone to but the £25 day seats
and have a great evening.
This was the second time for me (first time for my partner!) and
I enjoyed it much more this time. We had B14 and B15 in the
Dress Circle. We were both amazed at how remote we both felt,
despite being only 2 rows back from the front of the circle. The
seats were good, though the person in front of me kept moving
leaning forward when any action took place at the front of the
stage and this blocked my view.
The Green Girl Lives On!
There is SO much to say about this musical that frankly I’m going to find it
hard to keep this a readable length.
First off, I decided to take a look at the reviews on this page to see what
people had thought about the masterpiece that is 'Wicked,' and although it had
many valid points, found myself irritated by the line in the TheatreMonkey
review stating that Wicked gives “spectacle over substance.” You see, the
WONDERFUL thing about Wicked stems from its depth and beauty...
The hidden meanings and themes are intriguing, sometimes political, and frankly
so moving that the second time I saw it my eyes hardly stayed dry. (I’ve seen it
3 times and am going again on January 18th 2007)
The thing is, the more you read into it, the more life-changingly wonderful it
becomes! You begin to notice hidden refrains, leitmotifs and chord
progressions.. Songs and characters that used to seem so unimportant start to
come alive and you become sucked into the hugely moving story of this girl and
the 3D world in which she lives.
But Wicked isn’t just for those looking for an obsession and a new philosophy on
life. The Tony award wining sets and costumes mixed with the obviously powerful
and catchy songs and score shimmer with style and splendour.
All of this contributes to the absolutely spellbinding experience Wicked
provides night after night. There are, I believe, 8 productions currently
running around the world; 'Wicked' has broken records on Broadway, around Europe
and the UK, fans spend hundreds of pounds to return over and over again and it
has spawned itself an almost religious following similar to that of the
legendary “RENTheads,” all fantastic proof of how 'Wicked' has managed to touch
I fully understand why people may be sceptical, I’m not a totally naïve
obsessive fan girl. I myself went to it originally expecting a 'Wizard of Oz'
rip-off with mediocre music and no depth, but out of the 20 or 30 theatre
productions I have seen over the last couple of years, nothing has inspired and
affected me so much. I pray with my heart and soul that this will lead the way
for a new wave of musicals which aren’t obsessed with cheesy melodies, big dance
numbers and an ever-grinning cast.
Whether you love “The Wizard of Oz” or not, (It means nothing to me but for fans
it tells you how Dorothy’s friends came to be and there are some witty
references), please give this musical a chance and go see it!
See the green girl as you’ve never seen her before, let your heart “Defy
Gravity,” and allow Wicked to change you - “for good..”
Well, when I posted my first review of Wicked on Theatremonkey (above), I was
about to return for my fourth time, and theatremonkey asked me to e-mail again
with my comments on what it was like now…
I have to admit I was actually a bit worried about returning… My third visit
(front row seats!) was amazing but wasn’t the best, and I was worried perhaps
'Wicked' was losing its magic for me…
BOY was I wrong!!!
I go to the theatre a LOT. I see lots of good shows, bad shows, and some that
frankly never should be shown at all, and I can honestly say I’ve NEVER seen
anything quite as magnificent as what I witnessed on 18th January 2008.
I sat in the stalls, near the back of the front section, great seats with a good
view, and I was totally absorbed into the world I've grown, over the last year,
Kerry Ellis is one of the greatest performers I’ve ever had the pleasure of
seeing onstage and after over a year of playing Elphaba now understands every
single movement and emotion of the character to the fullest degree! She
effortlessly hit notes most people could only dream of, and on many occasions
caused the audience to erupt into rapturous applause. Dianne Pilkington, though
not quite as accomplished vocally (although her vocal lines are INCREDIBLY
hard!!!) is the single most hilarious comic actress I’ve ever seen onstage,
reducing me to a giggling lump in “popular,” laughing so much it hurt. She has a
great performing talent to pick up on any hint of humour, no matter how small,
and create a comic masterpiece.
The rest of the cast were similarly stunning! The chorus never missed a beat and
the choreography was of the highest calibre, the kind of drilled group it seems
only the best American choreographers can manage, and I noticed this 4th time,
lots of hidden musical staging and clever choreography I hadn’t noticed in my
previous visits. Any principal characters I had doubts about had also improved
immensely, most notably Katie Rowley Jones, who was absolutely spectacular as
Nessarose, a very difficult part to pull off.
I don’t really know what more I can say to describe how amazing this experience
was for me and how much it restored my faith in 'Wicked!' By the halfway point I
was experiencing the kind of rush of excitement you can only get from true
genius. I was shaking and my heart was thumping, yet I 'couldn’t have been
And the comments of the other audience members only help to reiterate my point.
After the Blackout before the interval, I looked at the woman and her child in
front of me...They just looked at each other and said “wow.” The cheers and
woops were deafening throughout, and when the lights faded at the end of the
finale, one of the loudest cheers I have ever heard ripped through the theatre.
There were standing ovations wherever I looked, (Though I found myself almost
angry there were not more!) some younger audience members waving, screaming and
cheering, people still drying their eyes, and as I left, I found myself grinning
uncontrollably, caught blissfully between laughter and tears.
As I was leaving I looked back towards the magnificent proscenium arch stage and
thought to myself that I had just witnessed a life-changing piece of theatrical
How anyone could leave the theatre that night and not have fallen under the
'Wicked' spell, I will honestly, NEVER understand!
In spite of the hype surrounding this mystery musical, I reluctantly conceded to
my girlfriend’s insistent pleas, and booked some tickets in the centre of Row G
in the Circle. And despite trying to look happy to be there, I truly wasn’t.
Overall, the show lacked “oomph”. To someone who works in the industry, the
whole show seemed like a Christmas cracker; packed full of the old cheesy stuff
just to make sure everyone feels like they have got the money’s worth. The
choreography was lackadaisical, and the special effects just weren’t special at
all. The mix where I was sitting was absolutely dreadful; I could hear bass and
The wonderful cast however, did contribute something to the show. Outstanding
performances came from Nigel Planer and Kerry Ellis, and a less than
satisfactory performance from the Dragon hiding the top of the Proscenium.
The second act, which is by far the better, was sadly rushed, and I felt let
down by that. Needless to say, swarms of other people probably enjoy the quirky
first Act, as well as the improper use of the English language.
Perhaps I am a little sceptical, but for me, this was awful. The show lacked
character, menace and insatiability. Nothing stood out on stage with poise and
elegance; it felt like watching something turned out of Bollywood to make quick
money, forgetting what the true Theatre experience is all about.
2nd of January 2008: went to see 'Wicked' for my fourth time. I queued for day
seats £25, got seats A19 to 21. Amazing, perfect view the best seats in the
house - front row. Everyone was on top form; it was a full cast except for "Glinda,"
which Sarah Earnshaw played. I have never seen her before but she is very, very
good. I think I prefer Dianne but Sarah is amazing too. Overall a great night
out, a fantastic show, thoroughly enjoyable, Everyone will love it.
We went to see 'Wicked' on 8th February 2008.. We sat in stalls Z39 and 40..
which I was really worried about but the view was excellent.. except we couldn’t
see the dragon at the top of the stage, but it didn’t matter.
It was really great, and I would definitely go again!
Ashleigh Gray was playing Elphaba .. and she was EXCELLENT!!!! Her singing voice
was better than anyone in the show!
I saw Wicked for the first time last week (May 2008) and I sat in the Dress
Circle row T seat 10. Like other people already said, it's really distant from
the stage, but you saw everything and the sound was great!
The only bad thing was that in the row behind me sat a quite drunk couple and
they were talking loud the whole time! I tried to give them mean looks but they
didn't care at all. In the interval I went to one of the guards and told them
but, before they could do anything, the couple stood up and (accidentally?)
spilled drinks all over my, and the girl sitting next to me's, seat. I got
really mad and started arguing with the man and they left. I don't know if the
crew talked to them later because they gave us new seats to compensate for the
wet ones. This time we got row P seat 35. They are marked as red but I liked the
seat. Really good legroom and a bit closer to the stage. Would, however, prefer
to sit even more close. I'm glad we got to change seats but I would've preferred
a free ticket for another time because the whole first act was completely
destroyed because of those idiots behind us....
I just booked tickets for the 6th June 2008 evening show, this time in the
stalls row ZE seat 24, I don't know if its closer to the stage but I'll give it
a try anyway. It's definitely not going to be the last time I see 'Wicked!'
'Wicked the Musical' is certainly one of (if not the) best West End show around
at the moment. I think everyone at one time in their life has felt like an
outcast, and I think that not only is this musical modern and entertaining, but
also something each of us can relate to.
I have read many a review of how people are 'reluctant' to buy tickets for their
friends. However, I think if this is your attitude when you go, of course you
are going to focus on the bad points. And this is the case for any show.
Therefore I'm here to tell you the point of view from someone who certainly
wasn't reluctant - getting tickets 3 times.
Act 1 is certainly the more complicated of the acts, both technically and in
terms of how the characters develop. The singing is superb and every night is
professional as the very first. And the contrast between the two main characters
is shown so well by the cast and the understudies. The story is a bit of a
typical 'high school' film, but because it's set in its own world, it just makes
it that more different. I think it's magical, the Act 1 songs are the ones I
always come out singing.
Act 2 is less complicated to follow, as we are not skipping from scene to scene
as fast, which actually works with the theme of 'neither side is winning just
grinding to a halt' (Yes, I'm a drama student, I look out for these things).
But, I have to say this is definitely the Act which will make you emotional. All
the characters have a difficult life in the act, and it is quite sad. It is so
well performed I feel like I'm actually a part of the land of Oz.
What is this feeling? It's the feeling that you want to buy tickets NOW! :D
My husband I took our two boys 8 and 10 to see the matinee performance on 11th
June 2008. We arrived at the theatre at 10.10am and luckily, got 4 of the last 5
seats they sell for £25 - they were A 27 to 30.
The show is wonderful; however I must comment that our two boys would have
benefited from having a cushion as they were quite low down to the stage and one
got a sore neck in the last hour from looking up. However the seats would be
perfectly fine for adults. The theatre was about three quarters full I estimate.
Wonderful show, we had Alexia Khadime as Elphaba, she was very good.
from New Zealand
This was my third visit to see "Wicked" (20th May 2008) taking along my mum this
time... who absolutely loved it. Previously I'd been up in the circle each side
- rows B and D respectively - so this time I booked early and bagged row C 18
and 19 in the stalls. These seats were on the central aisle and were perfect. I
got to see such a different show sat there and felt so up close and personal
with everything that was going on in font of me. No-one will have a problem
sitting in these seats, they were great!!!
Cassidy Janson (who has now left the production) was in the title role as
Elphaba and was completely amazing. Just as good as Kerry Ellis, I find it hard
to believe she wasn't promoted into the role while Kerry is away on Broadway.
Harriet Thorpe has got to be the best Madam Morrible to date, playing the role
with the right amount of sinister humour and nastiness to make her an absolute
joy to watch.
'Wicked' is the number 1 show in the West End and it's not hard to see why and
there are not many people who don't come away having had a great evening out.
It's a barn of a theatre and needs a big venue to do the show justice.
I'm going again in July 2008 and will be sat in the stalls row K, so a different
My latest visit to see Wicked (4th time - July 2008) was another fantastic night
out with a standing ovation at the end. My friend who came along with me was
blown away by it, and wants to go again. The new Elphaba played by Alexia
Khadeim was incredible, you could hear every word she was singing and boy, what
a pair of lungs she has on her. She is a great little actress too and for me is
the best Elphaba yet (yes, better than Kerry and Idina).
I won't waffle on anymore with regards to the show in general because I've done
that on previous reviews, however, i will mention a couple of negatives (i
know,sorry!). Firstly, Desmond Barrett, who is the new actor playing the great
and terrible Oz, ironically ain't great... but he is terrible. The part of the
Wizard is pretty boring anyway, but this guy takes it to an even lower level.
The whole part of the Wizard needs to be revamped and they need someone with a
fresh outlook on the whole part. I see him as some sort of mad Dr a cross
between the Joker and Emmet Brown from 'Back To The Future. 'The Wizard's
costume is so drab - as are the lines from the script - that it's the only part
of the production that sags. It shouldn't, because the Wizard is one of the main
reasons Oz is Oz, a man of no power but a liar and a cheat. Mr Barrett
unfortunately does everything in monotone and not an ounce of charisma comes
from him. It spoils the whole feel of the show and almost makes you think that
they should write it out completely. Good job I'm not up on that stage 'cos
they'd be in for a shock!!!!! LOL.
The other point I would like to raise is the rake in the front section stalls.
We were sat in row K 24 and 25 so we were dead centre and 11 rows from the
front, perfect, I hear you cry, well cry you will because the rake is non
existent and even at 6ft 1" I could not see over the head of the guy in front of
me. OK, this particular guy did have the head the size of a large pumpkin (yes
he did) in fact he could go to his local farm show and he'd win first prize for
the largest pumpkin EVER!! If anyone is slightly smaller they will not see a
thing and at £60 a time for these seats it's no laughing matter. I had a much
better view from row C when I was sat there at a previous performance because
you do have to look up to the stage. Row K you are looking straight ahead, I
wouldn't recommend these seats to anyone. Row A to F would be OK, and I would
miss the next few rows out and opt for row P going further back as the rake
starts to get steeper from there. It would probably help if the seats weren't
directly behind eachother and moved slightly left or right with each row so that
you are looking through the gap of heads rather than at a head (or pumpkin in my
"Stalls K 41 and 42. Purchased through Ticketmaster for £30 plus service charge.
We thought these seats were fair value. Row K is a good distance from the stage
in that you are close enough to see everything and feel the emotions of the
characters, and far enough that you can take in the whole stage and are not
looking up. We could comfortably see almost everything from seats 41 and 42.
There are a very few scenes where you have a few seconds of a restricted view
(mainly left hand side) but as soon as the characters come further forward
(usually within seconds)--you have a wonderful view. This is mainly due to the
proscenium arch, but it in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the show. In
fact, the savings of £30 greatly increased my enjoyment because it meant that I
could also go to 'Billy Elliot the next night :-)"
I loved Wicked--it is a wonderful show--my evening did indeed "defy gravity".
We went to see Wicked on the 6th August 2008, managing to get 10th row circle
tickets (K20 to K29) for £40 each from the booth within Leicester Square Tube
Station. The view was great, apart from the very front of the stage being cut
off (not that we missed anything). Leg space was adequate, though our America
friends felt cramped, however we left without bruises on our legs from the seats
in front which isn’t always the case!
I probably ought to proclaim my bias ... Stephen Schwartz can do no wrong ... so
obviously I loved 'Wicked,' however I wasn’t blind to its faults. Without doubt
the first half is much stronger than the second. The pace is good, the humour is
well-placed and mixes well with the more serious aspects of the story. However
the second half felt disjointed, the humour, for instance when Fiyero helps
Elphaba escape by threatening Glinda and the guards with a musket, was too broad
and out of keeping with what should have been a dramatic moment. It made the
transition to the next scene and Elphaba singing ‘No Good Deed’ feel very
Also the quality of the effects in the second half disappointed, particularly
the transformation of Boq into the Tin Man – was wheeling him behind a wardrobe,
waiting, then wheeling him out the best they could come up with?
I was glad that I knew the songs well before I went as the quality of the vocals
was poor; it was hard to make out most of the lyrics, whether this was the fault
of the sound engineer or the artists I don’t know. Also whoever was doing
percussion in the pit should be fired. He or she had no finesse, sense of timing
or understanding of dynamics and seemed incapable of counting to 4. The rest of
orchestra were great and the balance with the vocals was fine.
Don’t get me wrong – I had a great night and really enjoyed the show; it’s
stronger than some recently written musicals I’ve been to see, with songs and
themes which lodge in your brain. It really ought to be on the ‘must see’ list.
Went to the matinee performance on 9th August 2008. This was our second visit to
see 'Wicked,' having seen it right after it opened with the original cast. I
enjoyed it then, but enjoyed it even more this time round. We sat in seats K26
and 27 in the stalls. Fantastic seats, dead centre, a good rake and outstanding
view. Could not recommend these seats highly enough.
Last time, I moaned about the quality and price of the programme; this time, a
different moan. Why is it that some audience members (foreign tourists this
time) think its acceptable to hold conversations with each other throughout the
performance? Behind us were a trio of the most rude people I've come across in
any West End performance I have ever seen. All the way through, they constantly
exchanged comments, not even in a whisper. Thought of turning round a couple of
times and telling them in the politest way to shut up but decided this would
only encourage them - so I did my best to ignore them.
Despite the people behind us, we loved it. The current cast - principals and
ensemble are outstanding with the acting, vocals and dancing. I had forgotten
just how visually stunning this production is with seamless scene changes,
spectacular settings and awesome costumes. From the seats I mentioned you can
see everything in vivid detail which was great. If you go, catch the costumes
worn at the start of the second act during 'Thank Goodness' - they are the best
I think I have ever seen in the West End and reminded me in some ways of the
costumes worn during the Ascot sequence in the movie 'My Fair Lady' although
these are a lot more colourful.
Going back a second time with a different cast you make comparisons so here we
Alexia Khadime as Elphaba - one of the best voices I have ever heard in London.
Absolute power, completely pitch perfect and expressive. She was better than
Idina Menzel both vocally and with her performance. She made the character all
the more human and the times that Elphaba is funny she really hit home.
Outstanding performance. I have to say that when she sang 'No Good Deed' the
hairs on the back of my neck stood on end and the audience roared their approval
at the end of the song. All of her songs were great but that went into a
different league. London has got itself one hell of an Elphaba.
We saw the standby Sarah Earnshaw as Glinda. Now, I don't know what Dianne
Pilkington has got, but if she matches Ms Earnshaw then wow. She blew Helen
Dalimore's performance (which I enjoyed) out of the water. She was hilarious,
but could move you during her sadder moments. But it was the humour - she
absolutely nailed it 100 percent and the audience loved her. She looks, sounds
and feels like a Glinda and adds her own little touches which were great. Her
performance of 'Popular' stopped the show. The audience howled with laughter and
she picked up every nuance and meaning of the song. Brilliant performance and a
Oliver Thompsett sang, moved and acted much better than Adam Garcia. Was much
more convinced with his Fiyero. His performance of 'Dancing Through Life' was
brilliant. He caught the humour of the role much more effectively as he did the
more emotional and tender sides to the character.
Harriet Thorpe as Morrible was less over the top than Miriam Margolyes and more
sinister, but she was a glorious Morrible. From our seats you saw the facial
expressions and gestures while other characters were speaking and singing which
revealed as much and more than as when she is speaking/singing herself.
Desmond Barritt was better than Nigel Planer as the Wizard. He was everything
the Wizard should be and seemed more relaxed than Mr Planer was in the role.
Caroline Keiff as Nessarose and Jeremy Legat as Boc were both good but I think I
preferred the original cast members more. No criticism of their performances
because they were very good- just a personal preference. Jeremy Legat especially
was just not how I see Boc.
The ensemble are outstanding - really are at the top of their game.
The special effects are wonderful and even second time round hit home.
We loved it last time but enjoyed it even more this time - a fabulous show! Go
and see Alexia Khadime as Elphaba though - she is just amazing!
The show remains 'wicked' in every way! Go and see it!
Went to see 'Wicked' on the 30th July 2008. Was the matinee and a sign
interpreted performance. Do not be put off by signed performances, I forgot the
woman was in the corner of my eye after 5 minutes! Maybe it's just the fact I've
seen it 4 times now, but I think the new cast are rubbish. Dianne has gone from
pure brilliant, to damn right awful. She was so not as funny this time round,
she seemed to be bored. I like Alexia as Elphaba, for she interpreted the
character in a different way, but personally Kerry Ellis still rocks. And as for
Caroline as Nessarose, I saw her understudy Galinda and think she deserves the
role now! She was much better. The new Boq is okay, but the old one will be
missed. And Oliver Tompsett is the only person who is still amazing as ever and
didn't disappoint. Went to the stage door afterwards. We don't like Alexia; we
were the last two people in line and she said she was too busy to do anymore
autographs! How lazy and rude is that? Oliver Tompsett and Jeremey Legatt were
very nice however, and we love them.
Sat in the Stalls Row C seats 12 and 13. Brilliant view all the time! But for
some reason I prefer Row D! Totally worth the price as in many theatres, side
view seats would be at top price in the stalls.
Went to see this amazing show for the third time (25th August 2008). Great,
although Alexia Khadime does not have the same spark as previous Elphabas and
Diane Pilkington was not on either.
Our Seats: Stalls Row G 40 and 41 only cost £ 20 and were great value -
especially considering a few seats across they were £60. There were only a
couple of occasions that our view was not great, but overall brilliant value - I
would suggest that the seats similar to these at the other side i.e. Row G 8 and
9 would be slightly better than ours as there is a circular stairway on our side
which does protrude more than on the other, where there isn't one. But if your
on a budget and want to see this great show don't hesitate.
Went to see 'Wicked' on 27th August 2008 (Wednesday Matinee). The seats were
adequate (Stalls Row T 3 to 5) although I was surprised that, booking at 10 am
on the first day the 'Kids Week' (annual London event - editor) tickets went on
sale I couldn't get better tickets.
I hadn't seen the show before and was totally blown away by it, and I absolutely
loved Alexia Khadime as Elphaba. My only problem was the behaviour of other
people. We sat behind four young women who gave the impression they didn't
really want to be there. They spent the entire time fidgeting about, talking
(which caused a problem as my kids tried to angle themselves to look through the
gap of heads, so every time they put their heads together to have a chat, my
kids couldn't see), passing sweets backwards and forwards (and no, they didn't
pass them to the next person, they passed them to the person furthest away from
them) and going to the lavatory.
I haven't been to the theatre for many years so I might be out of date here, but
when did this kind of conduct become acceptable? It spoiled my enjoyment to an
extent, and although I loved the show I'm not in a hurry to go to the theatre
again. Admittedly, I "only" spent £90 for three tickets when the full price was
£180, but still, it is too much money to waste when you get distracted by
inconsiderate people around you.
Myself and three friends went to see 'Wicked' last night (Thursday 28th August
2008) and what a show it was. It was my second time to see it, but my friends
thought that it was absolutely spectacular!
When I saw it last time, I was sat in the Circle Row K Seats 14 to 17, which, at
the time were £30, but as I have just noticed have now changed to £40. These
seats were good, although the characters seemed quite far away, and also the
front of the stage was cut off by the bar splitting the circle and the top of
the stairwell just a row in front of us. Cassidy Janson (who has now left)
played Elphaba, and although I was disappointed not to see Kerry Ellis, she
still played the part perfectly. The sound was powerful and loud and nothing can
fault those seats for the amount of money we paid.
Back to the 28th August, we sat sat in the Stalls Row R Seats 43 to 46. Although
these seats were located right on the left - hand aisle, and just behind the
aisle splitting the stalls horizontally. Surprisingly, nobody got up and walked
out to the toilets etc. during the show, so the view was not blocked by anyone
(this was except for about 20 seconds during 'What is this Feeling' when 2
latecomers had to slip into their seats, which luckily were also on an aisle so
didn't result in people standing up!)
On your seating plan, it marks seats 45/ 46 as red...but I think that this is
wrong! My two friends who sat here basically had the same view as myself and my
other friend did in seats 43 / 44. They were all worth £30, so obviously had a
slightly restricted view. There were short amounts of time where you couldn't
see scenery because of the staircase on the left hand side of the stage, like
the house in the Catfight Scene and the Stairwell during 'For Good' but you did
not miss anything at all because most of the action took place on centre stage.
Here, the sound was better than previously because the orchestra sounded louder
and therefore the songs were more spine- chilling, and also you could actually
see the character's facial expressions!
We saw Alexia Khadime as Elphaba and Dianne Pilkington as G(a)linda, and they
were both phenomenal! Defying Gravity was perfect, and the flying section made
me get goosebumps because it was so loud and powerful! Oliver Tompsett was
perfect as Fiyero, as like before, and Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible was
brilliant. We saw all of the cast except for Dr. Dillamond/ Witch's Father who
was played by the understudy, David Stoller. I wouldn't fault the rest of the
cast at all because it all was perfect!!
So if you are planning on seeing Wicked, please consider the block of £30 seats
in the rear stalls because they are really good value for money, especially as
there are £60 seats situated next to them! Wicked was really "wicked"!!!
We went to see the matinee performance of Wicked on Wednesday 27th August 2008.
Our seats were stalls row D 36 and 37 which were each £20. The performance was
amazing and we thought Alexia's voice was fantastic particularly in "No Good
Deed" which was a very powerful performance.
As for the seats they were very good value for money and I would definitely
recommend them to anyone, particularly if they enjoy being close to the action.
At other musicals I have sat in the circle, but preferred the experience in the
stalls as you could see the acting more clearly. Our seats were classified as
restricted view - and occasionally we could not see people when they were
entering the stage - but we didn't miss any important parts of the show as all
of the main action took place near the front of the stage. I am glad to see
these seats are marked green on the chart because I would definitely choose them
Theatre: I thought it was very impressive, the structure inside
was very nice and really matched the atmosphere ,unlike Cambridge theatre. I was
also very impressed on how big it was. Overall it was a great experience just
Musical: 'Wicked' was indeed a very good musical and I'm sure
it deserves No.1 in in the monkey polls; but it only comes third in mine -
better than 'Chicago' but not 'The Phantom Of The Opera.' But yes, you should
really go to see it, although my friend said that it was quite too juvenile for
his taste. but on the other hand the special effects were dazzling and the songs
really sent shivers down your spine; but I thought that the front seats in the
stalls were really affected by an overflow of smoke that covers the whole
Seats: I was seated on the stalls row c seats 36 to 37 , which
were £20 each and when the show started I really knew why!! These seats were
really on the side, and parts of the musical were blocked by the staircase on
stage. I actually thought that the best seats were in the stalls behind row P in
the middle, just because of the rake. In my seats, a very tall man sat in front
of me for the second half and I had a neck ache by the end of the show. I also
noticed the seats were old, creaky and very uncomfortable - the space was poor
and the leg room atrocious.
Overall: 'spellbinding' , 'dazzling' and very well done. I
doubt I would want to see it again, but that's just my opinion for the most
'popular' musical in London.
4 out of 5
My Mother and I went to see 'Wicked' on Tuesday 16th September 2008 and I think
that the theatre is possibly one of the worst I have been in. I was annoyed by
this fact because I had been looking forward to seeing this musical for several
years. The acoustics were terrible and we could hardly understand what Glinda
was singing half of the time.
Our seats were in Row T, seats 33 and 34 in the Dress Circle. Alexia Khadime was
amazing as Elphaba but I was particularly disappointed when, during 'Defying
Gravity,' which is arguably the best song in the whole production, a young male
usher was stood directly in my way. This frustrated me a great deal as he
blocked out the moment where Elphaba starts to fly. I could only see her once
again when she had reached the top of the stage.
Our view was also obscured by a female usher during the first 15 minutes when
she stood in the stairwell, blocking my view directly, even when she wasn't
ushering anyone to their seats.
I have complained to the theatre about this and I have so far heard nothing
back. I am still disappointed about the ushers ruining my view, as for me, it
ruined the whole show. I had heard many great things about "Wicked" and the show
itself is a brilliant production. The staff, however, left a lot to be desired.
I went to see 'Wicked' for the 6th time on Friday 11th July 2008. This time I
queued for 'day seats' for the first time - and that was an experience. I got
there at 7.45am and there was only one girl waiting. After about 40 minutes we
were about 5 and then came an American family, a mother with her two teenage
daughters. The mother kept nagging about the girls not having enough clothes on,
it was a bit chilly in the shadow, but the girls didn't want to lose their place
in line. So I talked to them and offered to buy them a ticket - so the mother
stayed and the girls went back to the hotel nearby to get a sweater. When the
box office opened I got money from them and I bought the tickets and they really
appreciated my help. We then walked separate ways but just before the show
started they came to me with a box of chocolate wrapped in gold paper, I was so
touched, that was such a nice thing to do! This good deed didn't go unpunished
OK, so about the seat: I got A25 and although I've read that sitting behind the
conductor wouldn't be a problem, it kind of was for me. Not a lot but it was a
little bit disturbing, especially when he was making little dance moves or
something:) Apart from that, I really loved the seat! It was right in front of
the action and it felt as if Alexia Kadhime was looking straight at me when she
was singing "No good deed". It was so incredibly intense and really gave me the
chills! Ok, she was probably looking at the conductor, but still :) I'm going to
queue for day seats again sometime this week and this time I'm going to try and
get a seat just a little bit to the side.
I went to see Wicked for the 5th time on 24th December 2008 for the only
performance, and then again for the matinee on 3rd January 2009.
I personally felt that the 24th December wasn't as good as the 3rd January. I
think this was because it was the day before Christmas, and not many people want
to be working on that day. So I did feel sorry for them! However I still
thoroughly enjoyed the show and it's amazing to see Kerry back at work! She's
still bubbly as ever.
We sat in Row D of the Stalls in seats 36 and 37. Excellent view for the price,
much prefered then my old favourties of £25 on the other side. Leg room
acceptable, and considering the seat next door is £60, it's a bargain. Only
disadvantage is scenes with dry ice make you very cold, and there is no heating!
But loved them. Comfortable as always. We got their autographs at the stage
door, which was very pleasant too.
The 3rd January was much more fun, partly because the person I went with is as
obsessed with 'Wicked' as I am, and also we went to the stage door twice! (I
thoroughly recommend going to the stage door at 'Wicked' as they are always very
nice and make it really enjoyable). We got all the main cast that were
performing to sign before (as some don't come out after matinees) and even some
of the ensemble! Then we actually watched the show, and there was so much energy
Definitely my favourite time at Wicked! Kerry Ellis amazed my friend so much
that she stopped singing (my friend that is)! Dianne was hilarious as ever.
Oliver is still dancing through life! But my favourite is Jeremy Legat. I wasn't
sure at first when I saw him, but he's my favourite Boq and I love him. I cheer
him every time he comes on! For this performance we had the understudy for
Nessarose. Not as good as Caroline Keiff, but still very talented and would pay
to see her.
We sat in Row J of the Stalls in seats 44 and 45. Personally this was the
biggest bargain I've ever made at a theatre. I could see all but one part of
'The Wizard and I' because of the stairs, and Elphaba's entrance to the Ozdust
Ballroom, but otherwise everything was clear and detailed. I loved it.
Definitely good seats. Much better then others same priced in the stalls.
Legroom is good at the end of row and very comfortable. Some theatres that sell
£15 seats aren't anything compared to this.
We went back to the stage door after the performance to get photos and missing
autographs! Very fun, finally gave George Ure (understudy for Boq) his present
and I made his day! If Jeremy does decide to leave, he has to be next Boq!
Get your tickets now and you'll be on top of the world (except I think Elphaba
took that too literally).
Well, what can I say this time? This was my SEVENTH time to see Wicked on 23rd
January 2009 for the evening. I deliberately went this time for my Birthday and
because I wanted to see Ashleigh Gray play the role of Elphaba. Apart from that,
we had the main cast.
I must say, Ashleigh Gray is the best Elphaba I have ever seen! She's positively
a star. Therefore I wouldn't be disappointed by not having Kerry Ellis. If you
enjoy the show with Kerry, I think you must try seeing Ashleigh. it's my
favourite time at Wicked and was truly a night to remember! I think I'm going to
try and see her again myself.
Of course the rest of the cast are amazing as usual! In fact not only was this
my favourite time, but I think it's the best audience of 'Wicked' I've been to.
You could tell people had come just to see Ashleigh because there were more
laughs than usual, more cheers and claps and an even bigger standing ovation
than the last few times I'd been!
We sat in the stalls Row H seats 41 to 42. Must say I loved these seats. I think
I'd get them around here because you're not too far at the side, and not too
close to the action to get a bad neck. Lots of legroom, extremely comfortable,
just beware of uber tall people in front (although I didn't have one). Could see
everything from exit to entrance.
Went to the stage door after, many an Ashleigh fan is around which is good to
see. People who had just seen the show camped out for day seats the next day!
All the cast are extremely nice, Ashleigh especially! Once again, stage door is
a must do.
I went to see 'Wicked' with my friend for my birthday on the 19th of December
2008. It was my second time round seeing it, and again, it was AMAZING! All the
cast members performed fantastically and sang and danced flawlessly.
We sat in seats Row B 27 and 28 in the Stalls. Even though you have them marked
red, in my opinion, they are the best seats in the theatre. As the stage is
quite low, you don't have to look up so no neck ache! And you are so close, you
feel as if you are right in the action and you can see the facial expressions
and costumes so clearly. These seats are best for fans of the show who have seen
it before, because admittedly you do lose some of the impact of the set. If I
had the chance, I would definitely book these seats again.
Kerry Ellis was fantastic as Elphaba, she sang and acted with so much emotion.
We had Sarah Earnshaw, the understudy, as Glinda who sang flawlessly and was
extremely funny in popular! Oliver Tompsett was excellent as Fiyero, and we
enjoyed 'Dancing Through Life' very much. We thoroughly enjoyed Andy Mace, the
understudy, for the Wizard and Caroline Keiff as Nessarose.
It was an amazing birthday which I will never forget and would definitely go for
a third time! A "wonderful" night out! :)
written by Bethan
February 2009: 'Wicked' was my fifth time. Sat in the stalls C26 and 27. Good
view, close to the stage where you can see all the actors trying their best
(except Desmond Barret who is still terrible). No problem with any large heads
in my way this time, although a rather annoying child kept rocking backwards and
forwards in her seat and as they are obviously not oiled you can imagine the
squeaking got on ones nerves after a while.
My friend thoroughly enjoyed the show but I'm not sure if I will go again now.
(I know nobody won't believe me!!)...
Myself and my fiancée take in a few shows a year, a couple in London, a couple
usually on tour in our home city of Cardiff. As we were visiting the capital
this past weekend (28th February 2009) we decided to see if we could get a
decent deal on another performance of Wicked - our fourth time. This decision
was based on three factors:
1) The amazing Kerry Ellis finishing this Spring, and wanting to catch her
playing Elphaba one last time,
2) Loving the show and in particular the music,
3) Nothing else really grabbing our attention at the moment!
After checking online sales for a few weeks beforehand we noticed that
availability really seemed limited considering that we'd managed to get great
seats previously, once even when Orange were offering their brilliant '2 for 1'
deal (now ended - editor). Seeing the demand, and the fact that the performance
was totally packed out with approximately 30 people queuing outside the theatre
at 7.20pm for return tickets for 7.30pm, really led me to believe that perhaps
this show has genuinely picked up steam in terms of word-of-mouth and truly
become the phenomenon that it's promoters claim it to be! Considering the size
of the venue and the fact that it's been running two years now is a pretty good
sign I'd guess.
I digress ... we decided to show at the theatre on the morning of the
performance to see how large the queue was for 'Day Seats,' but we only got
there 15 minutes before the 10am 'Doors Opening' time and there were about 70
people ahead of us. Needless to say the front row seats were gone by the time we
got to the Box Office, and we ended up paying face value (£60) for what would
appear to be excellent Dress Circle seats. Further to reviews on theatremonkey,
I've always avoided Circle seats but seeing as this was our fourth performance I
was more than happy to have central seats only four rows from the front. In
terms of sitting in the Circle this is about as good as it gets, so even though
we didn't want to pay full price we were both happy that we had tickets at all -
were at least pleased with what we managed to get.
We had Seats D19 and 20 and as feared, whilst these seats are almost as good as
it gets in the Circle, it's still a long way up from feeling as though you're
part of the action. Considering the great seats you can get in the Stalls, the
Circle is just too high up and far back. The leg room was OK and it was great to
see more spectacle from the position, but this is far outweighed by what sitting
in the stalls at the Apollo Victoria offers. Another thing I found unreal was
how everyone had to lean forward to see the performers when they ventured to the
front of the stage. You often get this was the front row or two but here I'm
talking everyone. It should be said, when attending the theatre I'm neither a
Circle or Stalls fan. Some shows I'd prefer to be sat in the Stalls, some the
Circle. It all depends on the show itself and obviously the theatre. Having now
seen Wicked from four different areas, easily the best place to see the show is
one of the aisle seats of the Stalls Front Section, side areas, C to P 17, C32
If the above wasn't bad enough, far and away the worst thing about sitting where
we were was the almost non-existent sound level of the orchestra. It should be
said, the vocals were fine. When the chorus belted out together, it was indeed
as rousing as it should be; but it was quite simply tragic to miss out on the
wonderfully arranged score. Some of the very reasons myself and my fiancée fell
in love with 'Wicked' so much could genuinely not be heard. The increasingly
frantic strings at the climax of "The Wizard and I", the masterfully dramatic
horns of "Defying Gravity" and the emotionally charged accompaniment of "For
Good" and the finale. Unless you knew they were there and listening out for
them, they were almost non-existent. I'm truly not exaggerating but I left
wondering whether or not majority of the people in the Circle who I was
surrounded by did not grant a standing ovation because they simply didn't share
the same emotional experience that I did when I first saw 'Wicked.' In fact my
sister saw the show several months ago from high up in the Circle and as a
frequent musical-goer she was surprisingly un-moved by the whole experience and
did comment that she felt far from the action and the sound was too quiet.
I'm truly staggered that a mega-budget, worldwide smash on the scale of 'Wicked'
can allow approx 50% of it's London audience to experience a below-par
performance due to sound levels. I can appreciate that the Apollo's layout may
not be ideal in terms of a high Circle but sound level is surely easily
remedied? Not being a sound engineer myself I did wonder why the bank of
speakers hanging from the roof was quite so minimal - you'd think with 2000
people paying £60 a time 8 times a week, they could afford a few more?
The cast and show itself ? Almost flawless. In fact, in terms of performance it
was arguably the best I've seen. Kerry Ellis was genuinely awe-inspiring.
Perfect, in fact, and it was with sad hearts that we saw her exit the stage for
the very last time in this role as I can't remember a performer impressing me in
a singular role as much as Ellis as Elphaba. Dianne Pilkington does sometimes
grate and I don't think she works well on duets with Ellis, but her performance
of 'Popular' is quite brilliant. Harriet Thorpe is probably the best Morrible
I've seen and Oliver Tompsett is quite simply Fiyero. I think Nigel Planer was
far and away the finest Wizard, and whilst I preferred the previous Boq and
Nessa-Rose this didn't detract in any way from a wonderful performance.
As we've done once before, we loitered for 15 minutes after the show and told
Tompsett and Ellis how much we enjoyed their performances; and we were again
very impressed at how lovely they were with a bunch of fans who were as useless
with their camera phones as the Sound Engineers are with the levels up in the
Once again I found myself seeing Wicked in February Half Term on 3 occasions!
First time was on 18th February 2009 for the evenings and the other two were
both on 21st February 2009.
18th February was very different from 21st February. Firstly, I was once again
amazed at the crowd outside stage door after the matinee. I got pushed onto the
wrong side of the barrier and when Kerry Ellis came out, I was almost on the
floor. To escape the 1000 pleas for photos, Kerry ran across the road and was
followed by several fans. Is this really the reputation we want in London's
However, after this the show was amazing once again. Kerry Ellis managed to
recover from the stage door trauma and was even laughing at the end of As Long
As You're Mine. Oliver Tompsett and Dianne Pilkington both excellent too. We sat
in Stalls Row G Seats 40 and 41. Excellent seats, for £20 you can see
everything. I don't see where 'restricted' view comes in at all. Although being
at the side, I do think they are excellently priced and well worth it. Would
attempt to get a few rows in front for the same price (if possible) though. The
only understudy we had was for Boq, we had Alex Jessop and he was good, very
funny, but I love Jeremy Legat more. Shame he was ill for the whole week
21st February showed another new Boq. George Ure finally went on for the first
time in the role and as I have met him at stage door, I was waiting for the day
he'd play the role. Being second understudy for the character I decided I had to
go both performances as I may never get a chance for a while (if ever). He was
THE best and is my joint favourite with Jeremy. His Scottish accent is just like
all the cute well-known Boqs. I went just for him, and the added advantage was
Ashleigh Gray was playing Elphaba (which was my original reason for going
again). She is even better than Kerry Ellis and I'm so glad that she and George
are staying after cast change. I will see many Ashleigh performances as I can.
She hits all the high notes and was wonderful.
Both shows were very successful and brilliant. Didn't get bored at either. Two
Wicked performances in one day sounds mad, but it's really wonderful. Best bit
is, you notice any mistakes if things are different in either. For the matinee I
sat in Stalls Row E seat 8. This use to be my favourite area to sit in as it is
amazingly priced for £25 when the seats nearby are £60. You are up close and
personal and the sound if perfect. Legroom at the end of the row is plenty and
is very comfortable.
HOWEVER, having experienced £20 on the other side of the STALLS I personally
feel they are better for money, because I don't see the restriction over there,
but at this seat where Glinda stands in the first scene blocked the 'Witch's
Mother' scene, and the back of the stage is not visible.
For the evening I sat in the Circle Row R 31 and 33. We got these last minute
from the box office and I think they should be £15. Compared to the £20 seats
behind, which may be further back, they are even worse. There is a ledge in
front because of the staircase and I couldn't see sitting back (and I am 5ft 8).
I had to lean forward for most of the performance and my back hurt so much at
one point, I gave up and just sat forward enough to see their heads. However,
from my last experience of the Circle, the sound has much improved and the view
without the leaning would be fair value. However, go for Row T in the middle if
wanting to sit in the Circle. Stalls for same price much preferred.
We bought our tickets through a third party and were given P38 and P39, and
although they're in white on the seating plan, we found them to be AMAZING!!
(but we were quite lucky - the two seats in front of us were unoccupied).
We didn't really know what to expect as neither of us knew anything about the
show, apart from that it was supposed to be excellent, which it proved to be!
The plot is creative, the music is fantastic and all the actors were incredibly
talented, and even my boyfriend (the musical-hater) had to admit it was pretty
I have since bought the CD and every time I hear it I want to see it
again. I recommend it to anyone and everyone (even if musicals aren't your
28th February 2009 19:30 performance.
I'm probably going to be outnumbered here, but having seen most shows currently
in the West end: 'Les Mis,' Oliver,' 'Avenue Q,' 'Grease,' 'Dirty Dancing,'
'Phantom of the Opera,' 'Billy Elliot,' 'Joseph,' 'Zorro' - to name but a few;
this was my second time seeing this and I stand by my words last time....it is
my least favourite.
I know, I know, it's won awards and Kerry Ellis is amazing I agree. But I just
fall asleep. This musical drags and this time I sat in the back circle, having
previously sat in the stalls in top price seats, and it made the performance
even less enjoyable. You can see the stage but everything's mini and most of the
binoculars were missing! I find this show would probably be OK if you were a
small child (or like my partner you like all the flash stages and costumes), but
to me - I don't think the story generates enough interest and I find that the
theatre's cramped and not very well laid out in comparison to most others. It
may suit others well, but if you prefer a storyline and to leave the theatre
thinking - avoid this! Its more for the 'want to leave the theatre singing and
dancing to the songs' kind of musical!
I went to the 'Wicked' matinee on Saturday 11th April 2009. I have to say I am
one of these crazy people who 'day seat' and on this occasion my friend and I
went at 5am to queue for day seats. Five minutes later someone else joined us
and by half past six another two people followed. By 10am the queue had
stretched all the way down to the stage door, so I was kinda pleased I had got
there early, though I was freezing.
I was able to purchase seat 23 on row A. I have sat in this seat before and I
love it. Its very central and you don't miss a thing, except perhaps the dragon,
which only really moves at the beginning. I was too busy watching the action
onstage anyway. The show was really good. Kerry Ellis was on as Elphaba and
Dianne Pilkington was on as Glinda. I love Kerry Ellis and I think her and
Alexia Khadime are the best Elphabas London has ever had. I have seen Dianne
Pilkington before, but I have also seen Sarah Earnshaw too, and I must say I
much prefer Sarah's way of Glinda then Dianne's. Dianne seemed to lack energy
and enthusiasm yesterday, and I just felt like she was being really fake and
rushing through her lines.
Oliver Tompsett was on as Fiyero and he is awesome, I think he does a really
good job of playing Fiyero. I'm glad he's staying after cast change. Harriet
Thorpe was Madame Morrible and she really scares me, she is kind of pyscho-scary
in the role and it's brilliant. Andy Mace was on as the Wizard, which meant
David Stoller was on as Dr Dillamond for Andy and they both did very well. I
thought Andy Mace was a brilliant wizard and, because he is a bit younger, was
more 'dancey' than Desmond. I love Desmond too though, so I'm lucky to have seen
both over the ten times I have been to "Wicked." Caroline Keiff was awesome as
Nessarose, and I'm sad she's leaving in May, but hopefully she may come back one
day and be Elphaba. Jeremy Legat is a very nice person at stage door but his Boq
is so annoying. His voice is very distinctive, you can pick him out a mile off
in the ensemble numbers. I look forward to seeing Alex Jessop or George Ure
after the cast change, just to see how different they are from him.
I loved seeing all the facial expressions of the cast and the detail on the
costumes is amazing. They are so beautiful to look at. The set design never
fails to impress me either. I really want a go on the 'bubble' and the lift
machine lol. I am going back to see 'Wicked' again. God help me, I'm going on
cast change, but thankfully I will not be 'dayseating.' I do not wish to be
mobbed and gored to death by 2000+ Kerry Ellis fans all chomping at the bit to
see her last ever show. I have pre-booked my tickets, but for future
performances I will be 'dayseating' again as £25 is well worth seeing one of the
best shows in the West End.
I have seen 'Wicked' three times and I have sat always at the front of the dress
circle. I personally can't stand the stalls
as I am 13 and I find it very hard to see anything.
The first time I went I sat
in row A44 and 45 with my best friend. These seats are
the last two seats on the row, however I could see everything perfectly and for
£30 well worth it - seeing as the seats next to them
are worth £60.
I loved the show, so I had to go back again! This time I sat in Row
D 13 and 14. Central seats, however the view was distant. The seats
are so tightly packed, all I can remember of that time I went to the show was a
family of 10 sitting around me. Four on either side of me, and two in front. The
kids and even the PARENTS started standing up for no apparent reason (not during
an applause), and blocked my entire view for the whole of "Defying Gravity." I missed all the special effects, and I was very upset as I had paid
for the pair.
I just wasn't satisfied, so I had to see it again. This time I sat
front row A23 of the dress circle... fabulous UNINTERRUPTED view. The first two times I saw it Alexa Khadime
was playing Elpheba. She was unreal and excellent voice, very soulful; better than
Idina Menzel who I saw on Broadway. The most recent time Kerry Ellis was playing Elpheba; also very good, but not as good as Alexia. My all time favourite
spellbinding blockbuster musical. 10/10. I love it <3 x.
I saw this marvellous production at Halloween 2008 – how apt. It was a 'two for
one' deal at one of the booths and we were happy with rear stalls for the price
I must admit I felt you could get a good view from any area of the stalls and
Row P was fine for me, even though I’m usually a front row fan! If I see the
show again (and its highly likely I will as it completely captivated me) I would
like to sit further forward just out of personal preference.
What struck me before the show started was the young audience it attracts, and
I’m gathering they’re fans of the production because they have their faces
painted green. Either that or they felt a bit sick! I was also like a big kid
myself watching the dragon hanging out of the top of the stage and getting very
over excited when it started moving and emitting smoke.
All of the numbers were excellent and ‘Gravity’ gave me goose bumps. I was more
taken with the Good Witch because she had some fantastic comedy moments and I
will be keeping an eye out for Dianne Pilkington when she has moved on. I hope
she doesn’t go just yet though!
I thought that Harriet Thorpe was terrific as Madame Morrible, I know her from
the TV but this was my first experience of her stage acting. She was very
inspiring and although I hear that Susie Blake shone in the role, I’d like to
see Harriet play the part again.
Overall 10/10 and a must see for all age groups. You don’t HAVE to go at
Halloween, but it seems to add sparkle if you do!
June 2009. Have just seen 'Wicked,' and whilst show was great, I was sitting in
F27 in the stalls and was very disappointed with view. I am 5'6" and the man in
front of me was of average height yet I could not see anything in centre stage
at all. I spent the entire performance weaving from side to side to follow the
performers and felt I had to apologise to the woman behind me for doing so. Her
response was that she was following me because she couldn't see either! Having
spent £66 per ticket I felt it was very poor value for money.
I saw Wicked for my 14th time on Wednesday 8th July 2009 at 2.30pm. I went along
for the day seats and got there at 7am. I was first person there until 7.45am
when someone else showed up. I got A23 and A24 which are good seats. you feel
very close to the action and I swear to God at times Alexia was staring right at
Stevie Tate - Bauer is the temporary 1st cover Nessarose while Emily Tierney has
a broken foot. she was on as Nessa for her 2nd show at the matinee and she was
very good considering it was her second time. She wasn't as powerful as any
previous "Nessa"'s but her acting is really good and she had some lovely moments
in 'Dancing Through Life'. I am looking forward to seeing her again on the 25th
Gregor Stewart was on as Fiyero and he is posher than Oliver! I didn't think it
was possible but apparently so. He is as amazing as Oliver and I don't think it
will be too long before he develops a strong fan base of his own. His dancing is
excellent and he has great chemistry with Alexia.
Alexia was good but I think she may still be 'under the weathe'r as she lacked a
certain oomph. Her 'Wizard and I' was spectacular though, and her 'Defying
Gravity' was also very good. I think I will have to see an evening performance
with her to get full power Alexia. I also liked how she copied Avaric's Scottish
accent when he asks does she realise who this is. LOL.
Sarah Earnshaw is without a doubt, a fab Glinda. I much prefer her over Dianne.
She was hilarious in 'Popular' but not as funny as in previous shows I have seen
her. I really like her riffs in 'NOMTW' and 'WITF'. Harriet Thorpe put in a
pretty average performance as Madam Morrible, can't complain or praise her
Alex Jessop - Yey Lancashire Boq!!! I love him a lot. he is British but so
different from Jeremy and I love the way he relates to Nessarose and Glinda. He
is spot on and I think he is going to be one of the most favourite and best
Boq's ever. Sam Kelly is now the wizard. Unfortunately I have nothing good to
say about him. I'm sure he tried hard but a lot of his diction was lost and even
though I was in the front row I had trouble hearing him. I don't know what he
was like when he first started out, but he still needs to improve a lot. I
missed Desmond Barrit in the key wizard scenes.
All the new ensemble seem to have settled in well and have really gelled well
together. They put in a good effort with all their dance moves and acting, and I
gave them all a standing ovation at the end. I cannot wait to go again for my
15th time on the 25th July!
I have been to see "Wicked" twice now. The first time my sister and I sat in G43
and 42 in the stalls, seats with “restricted view”, so they were just £15. I
cannot praise these seats enough for the price, there was a small bit of the
stage, maybe the left fifth, but only at the back, you could see everything on
the left at the front fine (and a great view for “As Long As You’re Mine,” it
felt like Elphaba and Fiyero were just in front of us). I would definitely go
for these seats before more expensive seats far back in the circle. I have never
sat in the stalls to see a musical before because it’s always too expensive for
me, so it was amazing to be this close to the stage. As for the show itself, it
was wonderful, Alexia Khadime was amazing as Elphaba, her voice was incredible.
Everyone and everything else was great too (Fiyero was pretty).
I loved it so much I went to see it with some (9 actually) of my friends. It was
a nightmare to find tickets, and annoyingly there weren’t enough of us to get
the group rate, and I wasn’t clever enough to think to book 4 and 5 separately
to get better seats. I ended up booking row W of the circle. The tickets were
£20 each, which I know is quite cheap but I didn’t expect them to be THAT far
away. This time Kerry Ellis was Elphaba, and although I know a lot of people
love her, I found her disappointing compared to Alexia Khadime; her voice wasn’t
as powerful, although I don’t suppose it helped that we were SO far away.
Interestingly though you could still see Fiyero’s bald spot through the
binocular things! On a related point, why don’t they have these on the back of
every seat (especially towards the back), it’s annoying to have to pass around
between 2/3 people? I would say avoid sitting this far back at all costs, it’s
definitely worth paying an extra £10 (or more if you can afford it). I’ll be
going to see it again soon with all my sisters and we’ll be queuing up to get
day tickets to hopefully get an amazing view!
I took my boyfriend along to watch 'Wicked.' He had never been to a musical
before and even though I absolutely love them, I haven't had much of a chance to
go see many. so I decided to book tickets to watch 'Wicked.' I booked the lower
end tickets (£15) which were a great bargain and got seats K45/46 in the Stalls.
I thought that being in the Stalls would mean having a fabulous view of the
stage/show. Boy was I wrong! Yes, these seats are close enough to the stage to
see precise expressions of the characters however, they are way too far to the
left hand side of the stage and both my boyfriend and I found we had to
constantly crane our necks to the right every time there was a captivating scene
(which in my opinion is for the majority of the show!). In these seats the view
of the stage backdrop is lost A LOT almost to the point of spoiling the evening.
If I had paid any more for these tickets I would have been really disappointed
but the FABULOUS acting of both Glenda and Elphaba made the night! The actress
who plays Elphaba has the most AMAZING vocals ever! The story is warm and very
cute and it is a must see! I would recommend theatre goers to definitely
purchase tickets, but try to avoid seats that are along the far side. Overall, a
great musical and a defo must see!!
I've seen Wicked 5 times now and really feel that it has lost it's sparkle as it
doesn't do anything for me now. I went along to the 19th August 2009 matinee, as
a friend was staying with me from afar and really wanted to see it. It was a
full house and we were sat in row T 24 and 25 which were really good seats - and
no pumpkin head in front of me this time. T24 is situated on the aisle which
meant I could stretch my leg out.
The one annoying thing which I noticed last time and in other theatre to is the
squeaky seat syndrome. All around I could hear seats squeaking away it was
usually bored kids who were using their seat as a swing and ignorant parents not
saying any thin to them. Wicked are not offering any discounts to see the show
and i quite happy to charge full price for tickets and not even spend a couple
of quid on an oil can to stop the squeaks on the seats, I mean if push come to
shove they could ask the tin man I'm sure he'd help as one day he will be put
off his performance...
Desmond Barrett was unfortunately on as the Wizard and even worse than last time
if that was at all possible and poor old Di Pilkington was throwing her lines
out so quick that most of the comedy was lost and made me feel like the whole
thing was rushed and she couldn't wait to get off for her glass of bubbly before
she ran on and did the whole road runner routine for the evening show.
Alexia was very good as Elphaba and Harriet Thorpe again put in a sterling
performance as Madam Morrible. The whole thing is about making money and a lot
of money at that and think it's sad when there are much better shows in town
where the actors are giving it their all and yet are closing because they can't
get the people in. Don't think I'll be stepping back into see the show again.
Shame as thought it was the best once.
OK; I wasn't going to send another review of 'Wicked,' but I had to with regards
to my latest visit.
I went to 'Wicked' on Thursday 1st October 2009. I pre-booked seats C10 and C11
in the stalls as I found out Chloe Taylor was making her debut as Glinda. She is
the understudy for the role so she never ever gets to go on, and I wanted to see
what she was like. C10 and 11 are OK. The view is not that fab if you want to
see the whole stage. Anything that happens on the right hand side is totally
lost. However, if you are slightly interested in seeing the scenery and cast
members move on and off it is quite fascinating. You see everything centre stage
and you are still close so you can see all the actors facial features and
gestures. In the Shiz scene, though, I had Keeley Jane Jackson and Sabrina
Carter blocking my view of Chloe's Glinda - but hey ho.
The show was awesome. Chloe as Glinda is so different to Dianne. She plays
Glinda more as a person than a caricature. She isn't over the top high pitched,
she is just a very posh, well spoken humorous Glinda. I think it was slightly
Helen Dallimore-esque but as I prefer Helen over Dianne this meant that I fell
in love with Chloe straight away. She just fits the part so well; if she doesn't
get promoted to standby I may never see Wicked again. (gasp, the horror!). Her
version of 'No-one Mourns the Wicked' was beautiful, and by 'Popular' you could
see her nerves had gone and that she was having a fun time. It made me laugh
when she came on for 'One Short Day' and she hadn't got changed in time to have
her yellow dress zipped up at the back.
Alexia was very good too. Not the best I've seen of her, but she really gave it
her all that night for Chloe. Her 'Wizard and I' were short at the end but still
got many whoops and cheers from a stagnant audience. And her 'Defying Gravity'
was out of this world. Her favourite song to sing is 'No Good Deed' and she
shone here too. At stage door she sounded so croaky and ill, I wasn't surprised
to find out on Friday night and that Ashleigh Gray had gone on instead. The poor
girl is not having much luck at the moment, bless her.
It was also my first time seeing Natalie Anderson as Nessarose. It was
interesting to see how different she is from Caroline Keiff and Stevie Tate
Bauer. Those two portrayed Nessarose as more mature and controlling, whereas
Natalie really captures the youthful spoilt brat. She didn't belt as much in her
big song in Act 2 but I was assured by my companion that she can do better. I am
looking forward to seeing her again.
Oliver Tompsett threw in a few riffs here and there, Harriet Thorpe was fab as
was Alex Jessop. Sam Kelly is refusing to grow on me, I much prefer Sean Needham
as the wizard, if I can't have Desmond back lol. Sam just looked a loony on the
stage. Harsh you might think, but it's my opinion - so whatever. The cast were
all buzzing off Chloe's excitement and this was possibly one of the best shows
of 'Wicked' I've been to thanks to Chloe and Natalie. They all worked so well.
Go see it!
Myself, my sister and a friend went to see the Matinee (2.30pm) performance of
"Wicked" on Saturday 21st November 2009. It was my third visit, my sister's
second and our friend's first!
We sat in the stalls, row F, seats 38-40 (£20). As I have mentioned in previous
reviews, I have sat once in the circle (row K) and once further back in the
stalls (row R). The seats for this performance were fantastic!! They were really
worth the £20 that we paid. However, I agree with the ratings of the seats on
your Apollo Victoria seating chart. I sat in F38 which had a perfect view of
everything (except for a small amount of scenery in 2/3 scenes) - you have
highlighted this as green which I agree with! My sister and our friend sat in
seats F39 and 40 and had more of a restricted view. The stairs on the left hand
side of the stage blocked around 1/5th of the stage - but as most of the action
took place at the front it did not matter as much! They were just surprised at
how good the show was!
Another point that makes these seats so fantastic is that the speakers were
literally a few rows in front (disguised underneath the stairs on stage). This
meant that the sound was perfect - you could literally hear every instrument in
the orchestra and all of the singing on top of this! There was no point in the
show where I couldn't hear what was being said / sung.
We saw the whole cast at this performance except for Natalie Anderson as
Nessarose. Her understudy, Emily Tierney, played the part fantastically (and
personally I would not have even known that she was an understudy!) Once again,
Alexia Khadime and Dianne Pilkington played their roles extremely well- after
reading previous reviews I was worried that they would rush through their lines
and therefore lose jokes etc. due to this, but they spoke and sung at a pace
that was just right! It was Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible who had this
problem - she spoke some sections extremely slowly and then suddenly sped up so
it was hard to understand what she was saying! However, she played the part
really well, and I was impressed with her effort once again.
Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero) and David Stoller (Dr. Dillamond) also played their
parts well - they have seemed to improved since I saw them in August 08 which
gave me quite a surprise! Sam Kelly (The Wizard) and Alex Jessop (Boq) are
fantastic additions to the cast and I was impressed with their performances as I
had never seen them before. Nevertheless, they both sounded very croaky- so I
wasn't sure whether they were ill or not but they still did very well! My sister
said that she loved Alex's Lancashire accent!!
All of the musical numbers were PHENOMENAL! I cannot describe how good they
were! "Popular" was extremely funny, Alexia Khadime's "No Good Deed" really
showed the evil and wicked character of Elphaba and "Defying Gravity" was
spectacular! Being so near the front of the stage meant that Elphaba looked like
she was flying so high up- and the lighting effects made it even more special!
Everybody was in awe (even the older man sat on my right) during the interval!
He told me how impressed he was by turning to me and saying "WOW!" as soon as
the lights came up!
So, there is my very long but fantastic review of "Wicked"! Every time I see it,
it changes and hopefully it will stay in the West End for many more years to
come! Really, go and see it because you will be totally inspired! "Wicked" =
Took my friend to see this who had never seen a musical before (December 2009).
She loved it! It was my fourth visit and as much as I had liked Alexia the time
before, I wasn't liking her at all today. She swallowed a load of her words and
sounded very nasal. Her diction was terrible. Oliver Thompsett, who I really
didn't like the time before, was GREAT! So was Sarah Earnshaw as Galinda.
We originally bought stalls seats in row B 37 and 38. They were really awful
because the staircase was in the way. Just before the show there were literally
hundreds of empty seats towards the back of the stalls, so we moved to R 38 and
39. PERFECT. If the box office staff hadn't been so hard about our student ID
not having a date on they would have gotten a bit extra money for those top
price seats :).
2nd February 2010.
Stalls G24: Although ideally placed, this seat (and those in this area) could
cause problems. There's no rake and the rows are not staggered. If someone tall
sits in front of you, then you're going to be in trouble. Fortunately, on this
occasion I was lucky and so had a fine view of the stage.
As for the show: I first saw this show about two and a half years ago. At the
time I thought it was OK, but nothing more. I wasn't wowed like others were. Two
and half years later, I was just so utterly bored - especially during the first
half when I was praying for something interesting to happen. And it appears that
I wasn't the only one - the lady to the left of me was having difficulty staying
awake, and the couple to my right failed to return after the interval.
I've now seen the show twice and heard the Original Cast album twice, and still
the songs fail to register with me. I vaguely remember liking the song 'Popular'
first time around, but last night it was dead on arrival.
Although most of the cast had fine singing voices (apart from Sam Kelly), they
had no stage presence. For me, Dianne Pilkington appeared to be playing Glinda
far too much for laughs - and wasn't really getting them. I couldn't hear any of
the lyrics sung by the chorus and the orchestra failed to make itself felt until
after the interval.
Perhaps I've been spoilt in recent weeks by seeing a series of wonderfully
entertaining musicals. I've loved 'Legally Blonde,' 'Sweet Charity' and
'Priscilla.' Even tat like 'Dreamboats & Petticoats' won me over with its energy
and enthusiasm - something sorely lacking from 'Wicked.' Maybe the forthcoming
cast change will breathe new life into this show, but I won't be going to find
out (unless someone offers me a free ticket - and even then, I'll have to think
twice about it).
In summary - I HATED IT.
"Saw 'Wicked' at the Apollo Victoria this evening - 8th February 2010 - and was
suitably blown away - this is a really, really good show.
Elphaba was actually understudied by Ashleigh Gray - not that I could tell, she
was exceptional - superb voice, and first class acting. Dianne Pilkington
opposite her as Glinda was also very strong - bringing out the comic elements to
perfection. Between them they had real chemistry, and brought out some emotion
from the audience towards the end.
The rest of the cast were more than solid, with no other stand-out performances,
but they all gelled really well. The music is phenomenal, and the set is
breathtakingly good. After a couple of recent West End experiences where I was
left feeling underwhelmed, it was great to leave the theatre this evening
feeling properly entertained and uplifted - I can see why it ranks at the top of
the monkey's current 'best musicals' chart!
In terms of seats - taking advantage of the January 2010
getintolondontheatre.com promotion, I secured S21 in the stalls for £35.
Initially apprehensive (S sounded like a LONG way back) - I was pleasantly
surprised - this is a great seat - for some reason it feels pretty close to the
action. Perfect view of the stage, and due to the fairly steep rake there's no
problems with anyone blocking your view. Legroom pretty decent too. At full
price, I would probably opt for rows Q or P in the central blocks first."
Went to see 'Wicked' with my sister last Wednesday (matinee - 10th February
2010). We really wanted to see Alexia Khadime again before the cast change,
because she was amazing when we saw her before, so I asked at the box office
when I went to buy the tickets a couple of weeks ago if she would be in it - but
they said they couldn’t tell me :(. I bought the tickets anyway, I asked for F36
and 37 (£20) in the stalls after looking at the theatremonkey plan and they had
These seats were amazing! I can’t explain how great they are, I think they are
the best seats I have ever sat in, anywhere, and such a great deal! They were
what I would describe as a perfect distance away from the stage: really close so
you can see everything in detail but not too close. Even though they are towards
the side, you can see everything, I sat in 37 and I think there was one occasion
when I had to wait a couple of seconds to see who had just come on to the stage,
but you can see all of the actual action as it goes on in the middle or at the
front. I can see from the plan these seats are about to increase in price, but I
would say that at £30, or even £40 they are still fair value, especially as the
seats next door (and behind?!) are top price.
The show was, of course, incredible. We got lucky and Alexia Khadime was
performing, and she was amazing, to me the show is all about her hitting the big
notes and she did it perfectly. “Defying Gravity” and “The Wizard and I” were
especially good, and also “No Good Deed”, which I never normally pay attention
to on the soundtrack, was also amazing. Glinda was played by an understudy but I
wouldn’t have known, she was great. The show was much funnier than I remember it
being, most of the comedy coming from her, especially in “Popular”. Fiyero was
also played by an understudy, he was blonde. He was fine, I was a bit
indifferent to him really though, I prefer the brown haired guy.
Interestingly, the theatre was not full at all, the stalls were half empty, not
sure what the circle was like. It did make us wonder why they bother with
weekday matinees when it’s not the school holidays, surely it’s not worth the
effort (or money) on the theatre’s part?
I went and saw Wicked for the evening performance on 10th June 2009. After doing
some research on this website I settled on Stalls, Row Q and was allocated seat
19. I was extremely pleased with the clear, unrestricted view of the stage and
felt that this seat was well worth the top price that I had paid. I was near
enough to see facial expressions but far away enough to experience the whole
affect of the stage/set designs as they do spill out into the auditorium,
especially during the Emerald City scenes.
In addition, the wide aisle that runs in front of row Q gives you an enormous
amount of legroom to really stretch out. The rake of the floor is also very
noticeable in this row, giving you clear views over heads in the stalls in the
front centre block. Before you leave, take some time to walk towards the stage
and then look back to take in the beautiful art deco auditorium.
I bought seats Stalls Row S Seats 1, 2 and 3 for £62.00 each in April 2009 and
thought they were brilliant value but maybe a little low on the rake. View
wasn't obstructed at all as I am quite tall, but for anyone shorter may be a bit
of a problem if you got an adult sitting in front. The show was amazing and
would suggest getting good seats for the first time seeing it.
Second time I bought Row T Seat 23 and 24. These were even better seats, and I
thought the view was spectacular. I would thoroughly suggest these seats to
anyone even if they are full price tickets.
I made a last minute decision to see 'Wicked' on the 17th March 2010. The best
seat they could offer me was seat 18 in Row A of the Circle. I have never been a
fan of front row Circle seats but I have to say that I found this seat gave me
an amazing view of the stage. Even better than my favourite seat in Row Q in the
stalls. At 5ft 8" I found the Circle wall to be only very mildly off putting, as
it cuts of the very front of the stage and you will sometimes miss some of the
limited action that takes place there, especially on the right hand side
(looking at the stage). Having always sat in the stalls for 'Wicked,' I found
that sitting in the Circle gave the show a completely different look, and I
could see things that I did not see before.
However, the only major problem I had was the sound. It was terrible! At times
it was deafening and at other times it went really quiet. For the final five
minutes it completely went and then I couldn't hear anything that was being
said; which was a shame because I really enjoyed myself sitting in the Circle
and would be happy to sit there again.
On a second visit (27th March 2010) we sat in row A, seats 22 and 23 of the
Circle. Both seats give a good central view of the stage. In addition, I believe
that row A sits at around row N in the stalls so you are not as far back as you
think, although the Circle in this theatre does seem high up. At 5ft 8, I find
the Circle wall only cuts off the very front of the stage (you will miss the
orchestra and the right hand stage protrusion) but this won’t spoil your
enjoyment of the show and is a good place to see some of the big musical numbers
like ‘Defying Gravity’ and to appreciate the sets, including an excellent view
of the Time Dragon.
In addition, seat 23 is on the aisle, so you can stretch out a bit, but I found
that space was not too much of a problem in the front row. The only issue I had
was the metal bar that sits on the circle wall at the bottom aisle staircase.
Although it does not really obstruct your view, I found it a little intrusive,
as if someone was standing right next to you. This was my second time in the
circle and was pleased to notice that the sound was a lot better .
We saw 'Wicked' on Saturday night 13th March 2010 - it was the second visit for
us. We sat in the circle seats A 7, 8 and 9. I was expecting a pole in front of
us (I had these booked for me!), but actually this was not a problem. I think
the rows behind were more affected than ours, but the bar was not in the field
of vision at all. However the front right of the stage was obscured, even when
leaning forward, due to the height and width of the lighting rig in front of us.
However, 80% of the view was fine, although feeling distant from the stage. Leg
room was terrific! Overall, I would keep these red for full price, but under the
new pricing structure definitely worth looking at.
As for the show itself, we were a little underwhelmed this time. I think we were
spoilt last time because the show was brand new and we didn't know the twists
and turns. Also, there was a real buzz in the theatre every time Idina Menzel
stepped on stage. This time, although the casting was great, Diane Pilkington
and Alexia Khadime made a good pairing, it just wasn't as exciting. A lot of the
music passed me by as well, which surprised me as I knew the score this time
A literal wardrobe malfunction brought the second act to a halt, but the show
was quickly brought back on track.
As a spectacle it remains unrivalled and the chemistry between the two leads
made for an entertaining evening, but I don't think I would hurry to go back
again. Still, judging by the reaction of the audience, I think I was in the
minority not to be bowled over.
Was taken to see ‘Wicked’ (April 2010) against my better judgement, but actually
enjoyed the show. I was concerned about it being a fluffy, girly short-of-a-show
– and in many ways it was, but the music and (mostly) clever lyrics plus the
many nods to the original ‘Oz’ and a good story that kicks off towards the end
of the first half finally won me over!
Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) was excellent – I’d been told ‘Defying Gravity’ was the
best tune, though I would disagree as ‘No Good Deed’ certainly was the vocal and
dramatic highlight of the night for me from Rachel. Louise Dearman (Galinda)
also was great and the chemistry between them was wonderful considering the
short length of time they’ve been playing the roles. Lewis Bradley (covering for
Lee Mead until mid-May) was relatively underwhelming as Fiyero – but it didn’t
strike me as a wonderfully written character anyhow.
Sat in L45 in the Stalls (£20) – utterly, utterly brilliant value. Missed very
little (a few entrances) despite blocking issues with the way the ensemble were
placed in the opening scene, as the majority is staged in the centre and front.
I suspect I missed seeing Dorothy’s house – but that didn’t matter. Having been
a ‘best-seat’ purist for many years, ticket prices mean that cheaper seats are
needed now and then. These seats, should in my view – for the price and the view
– be green.
Would see it again – glad I didn’t pay £62.50 – and would be incredibly happy to
see it from L45 once more!
Cast Change (27th March 2010), from seats S38 and 39 in the stalls!
These seats were amazing. I had full view of the stage, No view restrictions.
Well worth the £62.50 per seat!
If I went again I would try and get closer to stage. The sound is a tad low back
in Row S and you don't get the full OOMPHH of 'Defying Gravity.' But... the view
is clear, and you can just about make out the facial expressions on the
Bloomin GREATTTTT SEATS!! :)
Having read all the reviews here and despite being a seating snob (always go for
A-reserve), I decided to chance it and bought myself and a friend P42 and 43 in
the stalls. I can't recommend these seats enough. £32.50 each and the only
action blocked were three entrances which were brief and minor. Would I pay £30
more for these entrances? Absolutely not. To put it another way - the entire row
(P 32 to 48) was empty apart from us but we were happy to stay in P42 and 43. If
you can get these, take them.
May 2010: This show will appeal to young teenage girls but in my view the story
construction is far to close to the Harry Potter Stories to be unique. For
H. Potter / Wicked:
Has 2 boys and 1 girl leading players / Has 2 girls and 1 boy leading players
Has broomsticks / Has broomsticks
Has flying / Has flying
Has magic wands / Has magic wand
Searches for people, places and things. / Searches for the Wizard, Oz etc.
The music / songs is / are totally forgettable except for "Popular," which I
heard on the radio once.
It is basically one main set with add-ons wheeled on and off plus lighting
I think that this show is over-hyped.
There were a lot of visitors in the audience who insisted on yelping like
demented Yaks at each opportunity.
Do not have too much to drink before the show. We used the toilets in the
interval which for a theatre with 2,000 seats are far too inadequate causing
huge queues even at the gents. Patrons continued to disrupt the performance
after the performance re-started.
We purchased our tickets from a company who advertised no booking fee and showed
no booking fee but our account charged us £3 per person booking fee (£9) at the
final total. I telephoned them but they refused to refund offering little excuse
for their behaviour. I will complain to STAR.
Went to see 'Wicked' on Thursday 10th June 2010. Something I think people should
know and isn't made clear is that they offer the Student tickets to people with
16-25 rail cards. This effectively becomes a 25 and under offer to get top price
seats for £25; definitely something that people should take advantage of (check
with venue before travelling that this policy is still correct - editor).
So me and my friend went, and we got stalls F20 and 21 - which I couldn't
believe when the cashier told me! Central and close to stage and this was 3
hours before show. These seats are close to the action which is good as you see
the expressions on the actors faces, but it is really hard to see the dragon as
you have to crane your neck! Not that I am complaining given the price of the
seats. As the monkey suggests, the most ideal seats are a few rows back. The
rake also isn't great in these first few rows and so the person in front did
have a blocking effect on one half of the stage.
I had high expectations as reviews say it is great. The plot is great and there
really are surprises in store if you have no clue about the plot; as the monkey
says though, the realisations come late in the show but then you feel a moment
of enlightenment and go 'Wow that's really smart!'
Set and costumes are some of the best I have seen, and it shows how creative a
modern day musical can be. However my only negative is that there are only about
5 good songs (but those songs are really good). One more thing, the 'Defying
Gravity' is the best scene in a musical that I have ever seen. Unfortunately Lee
Mead and the new Elpheba were being replaced by their understudies. The Elpheba
understudy is fantastic but the Fiyero understudy leaves much to be desired!
I will be returning.
I, along with 32 other people who travelled to London by coach, saw Wicked at
2.30pm on Saturday 26th June 2010. This was my fourth viewing of the show and
was indeed the most spectacular.
After previously seeing Cassidy Janson and Alexia Khadime play Elphaba, Rachel
Tucker did not disappoint! Her performance was absolutely phenomenal, especially
the three 'biggies' ('Defying Gravity,' 'No Good Deed' and 'The Wizard and I').
Louise Dearman as Glinda was also a highlight - she had a fantastic voice and
was really funny, especially during 'Popular.'
We also saw Lee Mead as Fiyero who, unfortunately, sounded a little under the
weather (probably a sore throat) - so much so that the orchestra made an obvious
volume change during 'As Long as You're Mine'. Nonetheless, he did a very good
job. A special mention must go to Clive Carter's Wizard - he is the best Wizard
that the London production has seen in my opinion, as he added his own little
touches to his songs and really stood out, unlike other Wizards who seemed a bit
The rest of the cast (no understudies) were outstanding too, as shown by the
whole stalls giving a standing ovation well before Elphaba and Glinda even made
an appearance in the curtain call! The atmosphere in the theatre was great!
We sat in a block in the stalls, rows U and W seats 10 to 23 and row X seats 18
to 23. I sat in U23 (on the aisle), giving a central, completely uninterrupted
view of the stage. Although it sounds surprisingly far back, the stage seemed so
much nearer but gave you a chance to admire the whole set as well. The orchestra
were on fire at this performance, especially the electric guitarist (or at least
I think it was!) who stood out during the musical numbers.
On the whole, it was an absolutely wonderful performance, and the new cast have
really set the bar now for future casts. I predict that Wicked will last for
much longer in London - and it certainly deserves it! It's the best musical
Wicked (9th June 2010 Matinee). No Lee Mead, which didn't surprise me, Lewis
Bradley was a pretty good replacement though. Now I've seen this 6 times now and
have to say that this new cast has put my faith back in the show - they are
brilliant and gel together like I've not seen before. There is certainly a new
energy to the whole production and hope it can stay like that. Outstanding
performances from the two female leads who are the best yet. I've also always
thought the Wizard was a really boring part of the proceedings but Clive Carter
is without doubt the best Wizard the show has seen and adds so much to what was
before quite dull moments in the production.
Sat in Dress Circle Row A 22 and 23 which is dead centre and on the aisle, a bar
just to the left on the circle ledge might just creep into sight but it did not
distract me at all. Great seats....Sound quality off balance a few times but not
as bad as on previous visits; I really don't know why they cannot sort this out
as the shows been running long enough now.
Talking of which, the producers of the show are always bragging about how much
they are taking in Box Office takings (or ripping people off as I like to think
sometimes) so why cant they spend some money oiling the squeaky seats which is
something I've mentioned before but they are too arrogant to take note.
We went to see the matinee on the 21st July 2010. We booked our tickets through
lastminute.com for £20 each, (though beware even though they say they don't
charge a booking fee they do - and then they say they don't but that it is the
theatre that charges and blames them) so we actually paid £22 each.
We picked our tickets up before the show and therefore took pot luck with the
choice of seats. We were in circle row W 18 to 20 on the aisle. I actually took
to clients with learning / physical difficulties to see the show. The seats are
comfy, the legroom is some of the best, and it is not the steepest aisle in
theatreland. That said, it is worth talking to the theatre as they can be very
accommodating; allowing you in a little earlier to allow you to get to your
seats before the rush and allowing you to leave after the rush. However, there
is nothing they can do about the queue for the ladies' toilets in the interval -
where you have to navigate your way down the stairs, then across to the other
side of the theatre, down past the toilets, down stairs to the front of the
dress circle so you can then join the queue to climb the stairs back up to the
toilet. Decide carefully if you want ice-cream or toilets as you wont have time
to queue for both... and that is without any sort of disability to slow you
This is another show with a slow start, but it picks up speed like a jet engine
preparing for take-off. Once it gets going there is no stopping it. It just gets
better and better. The music is electrifying, the sets are stunning and the plot
(although you need to concentrate to follow it) is actually easy enough to
understand - and my clients were engrossed and enraptured from start to finish.
There were some tense and scary moments in the second act (when a 9 year old
behind us started crying) but my clients loved every single minute of this show
and so did I.
What it comes down to is, "would I see it again?" and the answer is, "yes,
absolutely." I would probably treat myself to seats nearer the stage to get a
little more out of the expressions (which couldn't be seen from out viewpoint),
though there was so much portrayed in the acting and the inflections in the
voices that you knew exactly what expressions they were making and it didn't
detract too much. This is a very dark, yet humorous, show and definitely one for
On the Saturday afternoon we went, the air conditioning was almost non-existent,
so take some bottled water if it is a little warm outside! The show was however
excellent and I would recommend it to anyone (with good seats!)...
... We had circle seats E 6 and 7: As another reader here says about row D in
front, the front area of the stage is invisible and the distance meant that we
could not see the actors clearly without opera glasses. Most of the front of the
stage also had an aisle safety rail blocking visibility.
I got seats in the Stalls, M44 and 45 - they were an absolute bargain at
£20! I would definitely mark these seats green (value for money).
Great distance, only occasional restricted view and generally superb.
I really enjoyed the show, as always. I give the cast mixed reviews:
Rachel was an excellent Elphaba and gave the role a new slant which I
liked. Louise Dearman was unfortunately the worst Glinda I have seen -
she was borderline annoying and forgot to be at all lovable. Lee Mead
was handsome, but fresh back from holiday I think his voice was a
little weak. Julie Legrand was also a really rubbish Morrible - a shame
she couldn't sing! On a more positive note, Clive Carter was the best
Wizard I have seen (I used to hate the Wizard songs, but he actually
had a good voice and great character). Other peripheral characters
Rachel certainly stole the show (as she should!), and
recasting a few of those medium-rate characters (and Glinda) would
make this one of the best casts of Wicked yet.
Saw this on Monday 27th September 2010 for my girlfriend's birthday. We had
seats P42 and P43 (£35) and felt they were great value for money.
I only recall two brief instances of missing entrances from the left of the
stage, and not being able to see what was in the cage during the lesson. All the
other scenes were perfect, close enough to see expressions, far enough to take
in the whole set.
The slight angle means that you look between the head of the people in front of
you, which is useful due to the shallow dip of the seats.
1) Booking: The theatre ticketing system doesn't allow you to leave a single
seat - this is fully understood and supported. However, this is actually
misleading as if you are booking as group of 3 you are further penalised.
As a group of 3 you can't book any row of consecutive seating in areas where the
booking crosses a price break (nominally where the pricing groups include up to
2 consecutive seats in a row) - even if you try to book 3 consecutive seats in
the same row, crossing these price breaks, leaving no single seat unoccupied.
This policy prevented me from having any choice to see 'Wicked' in the stalls
other than 3 consecutive £62 or £95 (premium) tickets.
The policy meant I effectively had to pay an extra £100 because we are a family
of 3. Maybe the theatre policy should be reconsidered to state that no single
seat can be left in any row, but bookings can cross price breaks. A fairer
system, but one that may make less money for the theatre??
2) Wicked Review - Stall Seats E24 to 26: My family and I went to see 'Wicked'
on 28th October 2010 at the evening performance. I've noticed in the monkey
reviews that row E isn't mentioned and it also seems to be one of the last to be
taken up in the ticket selling plans. Well my advice is don't worry and snap up
the central location. Yes it is at the edge of the price group, but being
centrally located and just 5 rows back you get a fantastic view and exhilarating
experience being close-up and personal.
You do look up, but only a little, the worst is at the start with Galinda in her
bubble - conversely the best is when Elphaba is menacingly overhead in 'Defying
I took my twin daughters (aged 11) to see 'Wicked' on 28th October 2010 - to one
of the half term matinees. After a great meal at Dim T (buy one get on free in
October - so very reasonable too) we arrived at a rather chaotic theatre
reception area. Open the doors earlier please, as it was packed and people were
getting a little stroppy!!
We sat in seats S 38, 39, 40 in the stalls. Excellent views, good leg room and
good luck as two tiny people sat in front of my daughters!! The staff in the
theatre were lovely and seemed to realise that a trip to the theatre is really
The show was big, bold and well acted by the female leads - Elphaba was stunning
and stole the show. My daughters love Lee Mead - as they left the theatre they
were pretty clear - "he can sing and dance dad, but he can't act". They still
love him, mind! We have seen many musicals and my daughters were convinced that
this was the best they have ever seen. We are off the see the Wizard in April - so it has something to live
up to. I suspect it will.
We booked three seats for the matinee last Saturday the 20th of November 2010.
bought seats in Row O - 15, 16 and 17 of the Dress Circle as I had researched the seats
on theatremonkey. I was a bit disappointed. When the action on stage
went to the very front part of the stage we could not see it, and had to
lean forward a lot. My friend and I could see down to the stage but the
little girl with us who is 9 couldn't.
The show is fantastic, but please give yourself lots of time to arrive
early. We didn't - due to the anti war demo - and so we arrived at 2.10 to
find the place absolutely jammed. Could not get to the ladies bathroom
as it was on the opposite stairs to the one we had to use. Have to say
the layout of the Apollo Victoria is not as good as the other theatres I have
Merchandise cost £40 for t-shirt, CD and programme!.... As it was
the matinee, it was very noisy with lots of kids. I think if you don't
have children, go for an evening show.
On Wednesday 24th November 2010 I saw the matinee of 'Wicked' for the fifth
time: it just gets better and better!
I arrived at the box office at 9.45am to expect to find a long queue for day
seats and thought that I would end up buying a student ticket (still at the same
price as a day seat but obviously not front row). There turned out to be only 18
people in the queue, meaning that I was in for a chance of getting a day seat.
In the end, I was given seat A18 - so when I looked at the provided seating
chart I could hardly believe that I was going to be sitting in the centre block
on the front row of one of the top West End shows!
The seat was absolutely fantastic! The stage literally feels like an arms-length
away, and you can see right to the back of the stage because of its low height.
You feel so up-close and personal with the actors and actresses that it feels
like they are only performing to you- and you can notice so many intricate
details that you can't notice from further back e.g. the wonderful costumes. I
would highly recommend day-seating if you fancy an affordable trip to the
theatre because it is completely and utterly worth it- although if you haven't
seen the show before you would be better off sat further back as you can reflect
on the show as a whole e.g. see the whole set, rather than being specifically
'zoomed in' on the characters.
Two points, though:
- A18 is on an aisle, and it just happens to be next to the position where the
ushers sell ice-creams! Although this can be beneficial (you can be first in
line for an ice cream!), it is really distracting during the interval to have
people queuing next to you and looking over your shoulder!
- It seems that the day seats in the two side blocks provide less of a good view
as members of the cast and parts of the set block the view - throughout the show
I noticed the people sat across the aisle from me swaying from side to side to
peer through the gaps between the actors.
I saw the current cast in June and I was so impressed. They have improved so
much since then, and Rachel Tucker as Elphaba is absolutely outstanding! Her
interpretation of 'No Good Deed' was slightly different to last time, but she
sang with such power and emotion- really allowing the audience to witness the
pain that she is feeling.
I also saw Lee Mead, Julie Legrand, Clive Carter and Cassie Compton once more.
Again, they have all improved, especially Lee who seemed to be enjoying it more
than he was when I saw him last. We had Sarah Earnshaw (standby) performing as
Glinda, and she was completely and utterly amazing - extremely comical and had a
beautiful voice). Also, Danny Mac was understudying Boq, and I preferred him to
George Ure - not sure why but I just think his interpretation was better - and
Gareth Chart understudying Dr. Dillamond.
Overall, it was a spell-binding show...and that's just with Rachel's "riffs"!
It's so fantastic that it's a difficult show to beat! You just have to see it
again and again and again!
Went to see 'Wicked,' (matinee, Saturday December 4th, 2010). This was a musical
that my dear wife had at the bottom of her 'to see' list, but I was keen to see
having read excellent reviews. I won the day, took her, and she was won over.
The show was amazing (though the opening scene is a little odd), but soon got
under way when the two witches met in "school". Costumes were fantastic and the
two witches were excellent, though Rachel Tucker as Elphaba stole the show for
me. As the story unfolds you do get to understand how Wizard Of Oz characters
became who they were. A bit obvious I know, but important to the whole Oz
As others have commented, the foyer is crowded at its peak and not help by a
disorganised queue for 'ladies' on the stairs. My wife said many in the queue
thought it was a queue to the dress circle. The theatre and staff could help out
here. On the plus side though, the staff were very friendly and unlike other
theatres, people were not harassed with bag searches. Everyone just allowed to
get on with enjoying their day.
I had booked the show well in advance as the seats D36 and D37 green on the
monkey seating plan were available at half the price of D35 - which had no
better view than ours! The seats were on the cusp for viewing the left of the
stage and very little was performed there due to the stage stairs in use
immediately in front of us. There was a little neck ache looking to the right
most of the time, but the price of the seats made up for this. If going again I
would look for seats in the centre, though more expensive.
Stalls S46: I went to see Wicked in January 2011 and had a fantastic view at
only £35, the rows curve into a semi-circle so you actually feel quite close to
the action. The seats were slightly wider than in most theatres so more
comfortable for larger visitors (me being one of them!), and leg room was more
than ample HOWEVER a small step down between rows S and R means that even when
the seats in front of you are occupied, you can't stretch your legs out,
something I found unbearable as it's the main reason I choose the stalls. There
are no such problems in row T as far as I could fathom, so it may be worth
choosing this row if this is a problem for you and you can't get a seat any
further forward. This end of the stalls would also be handy for anyone who wants
easy access to the toilets as you just duck behind a curtain and you're at the
door for the ladies (and the gents' can't be far away!)
Unfortunately the show was obviously aimed at a much younger audience so I
didn't stay, it's also worth mentioning that I left one and a half into the
show, and there was no sign of an interval until two more scenes were completed,
so certainly not a show for fidgety or restless people, in fact by the end of
the first hour, you have an almost constant stream of people walking the gangway
in front of row Q to get to the toilets. I might have stayed if Lee Mead was
there but he was on holiday despite his holiday dates being completely
I saw this on Wednesday 12th January 2011 matinee performance. Stalls M17
As I always get lost, no matter where I am, to have my trusted copy of the
theatremonkey book to hand with its wonderful 3D maps is always reassuring and
sure enough, it got me straight to the theatre! If you haven’t got a copy,
buy one now
as it’s as excellent as the website.
Having seen this three times before and really liking the
I was looking forward to seeing it again. The theatre is large, very large, and
in the past I have found difficulty in getting good sight lines. This seat was
fine at the Apollo Victoria and, being tall, I was able to put my legs into the
aisle and lower myself into the chair a little to help the person behind due to
my big head! Sometimes I hear people moan behind me when I sit down; if any one
reads this who has had their view blocked by a tall person, we can’t help it, we
were born that way!!!
I have seen Kerry Ellis as Elphaba, Alexa Khadime and Ashleigh Gray. Obviously
Kerry was awesome and Alexa was good, but I was very let down by Ashleigh’s
voice and the total lack of vibrato. So, I was wondering how I would feel about
Rachel Tucker’s performance, as had seen her on “Over the Rainbow”. Well, if
you’re due to see her as the lead, all I can say is, you’re in for one massive
treat. She is PHENOMENAL. I have to say, THE BEST Elphaba I have seen. Her voice
is quite astounding and acting skills are almost as if she is living the part in
reality. As the build up to the interval got under way, i.e. 'Defying Gravity',
the song progressed and I was getting more and more spine chills and actually
became emotional due to the sheer force and wonderful sound of Rachel’s voice in
the scene that was filling the venue. Some people cheered and stood to their
feet even at the interval! This girl deserves a long career in musical West End
theatre. Eat your heart out 'X Factor' and Mr Cowell!
Not forgetting the rest of the cast. Galinda’s replacement is excellent too. She
plays this in a more understated way but gets the feel of the character across
beautifully. Lee Meed, it has to be said, caused a lot of giggles and whoops
from female and some male audience members when he came on - I would imagine due
to the tightness and, how can I put it, outline of his jodhpurs. I heard the
woman behind me say “No wonder Denise Van Outen is always smiling”!!! He played
the part really well and has an amazing voice. One that stood out for me too was
the guy who played the Wizard. Previously this was a sort of quiet/dull part I
felt, but this guy blew the top of the place with his acting, voice and stage
presence. In fact, this is THE BEST cast I’ve seen. Each and everyone had
amazing voices and acting skills which could not be said of the cast in its
entirety in prior performances I’ve seen.
No wonder this keeps smashing box office records. If you haven’t seen it, GO NOW
while these lot are on, you’ll be in for a fantastic time.
25th January 2011. Found the theatre with my invaluable Theatremonkey book. If
you haven't got it,
BUY It! It's
as excellent as the site :)
Sat in Row L of the stalls, seat 36. Hardly any leg room as 6ft3" and had to sit
bolt upright so probably
blocking the view of someone behind. Sorry!
A good view from the side, but would not have liked to be any more to
the left i.e. 37 onwards) as the view must be obscured.
Having sat in many other places in this theatre and the sound was
good, the sound was not balanced here. Way too much bass. Near the
drum kit I think! and some of the dialogue was drowned out.
There was also the noise of what sounded like a large fan constantly?
May be the lighting coolers? Not had that before either.
Glad I only paid £35 for this.
I went to see 'Wicked' and sat in seats K15 and 16 in the circle. These seats
are listed as 'restricted view' and reduced as such. However, I had no problem
with these seats at all; and for someone looking to see the show on a budget and
have a great view I would highly recommend them. No problems at all, could see
the actors faces clearly and really felt involved in the action!
10th February 2011, stalls Row L Seat 41 (Price paid £22.50): Leg room was good.
This seat was quite to the left of the stage, and I would not advise readers to
sit much further to the left. Some of the stage entrances were missed but that
was all. I really liked the show and there a definitely some wow moments - and I
really like Glinda and Fiyero. 'Defining Gravity' was probably my highlight.
We booked four seats in the stalls (P40 to 43) for a Friday evening performance
during February 2011 half-term, which were cheaper than full price tickets but
we couldn't understand why - as they offered a fantastic view. With no one sat
directly behind us, we also made a 'coat booster-cushion' for our 7 year old son
to raise him a little and both he and our 10 year old daughter were able to see
D38: Although the view from this stalls seat was a slightly restricted, it was
still a great view for the £20 I paid. The staircase on this side of the stage,
that quite a few reviewers have mentioned, wasn't actually that much of a
problem. In one scene, you couldn't really see what was going on at the very
left of the stage, but it was easy to guess what was happening, and this was
only for one scene. If you're happy to spend a little more, then go for a seat
slightly further in, but if you're on a tight budget, this seat is more than
I have been to 'Wicked' on 3 occasions, First was on the 5th of August 2009.
Paid £60 and was in stalls row J seats 24 and 25. These seats where exceptional,
well worth the money. These seats offer a fantastic view of the stage and you're
not too close that you feel uncomfortable, but not too far back that you don't
feel part of - or engaged in - the show... and now that they are marked as
'premium seats' I feel I got a brilliant deal, best seats in the house!!
On my second trip I was in stalls row ZD seat 34, paid £40. Good view of stage
and, by sitting further back, you seem to take in a lot more of the show and
notice more of detail put into the set. Although... the overhang prevents you
from seeing the dragon, I also felt quiet far back and distant from the stage.
On my third visit I booked at lastminute.com and was in the dress circle Y31.
Brilliant for the price of £15, but you are very far back and are unable too see
the actors faces, but at £15 quid you can go wrong.
I needed two day seats for Tuesday 2nd August 2011. I thought that considering
the show has been running for awhile and that it was a Tuesday I would not need
to queue up that early. However I woke up earlier than expected and couldn't get
back to sleep so I thought I would start queuing. I arrived just after 7am and
there were already two people in the queue in front of me. Within 5 - 10 minutes
another 2 people joined our queue, whom I shall address as person A and person
B. From my estimates, by about 8.15-8.30am, the line had enough people for all
the day seats, because at around 8am, people were doing head counts and asking
people how many tickets they were buying, by about 8.30am people were just
looking at the queue, doing a head count then leaving. The twist is between 8am
and 9.50am, Person B was joined 5 other friends, each arriving one at a time
with the last arriving at about 9.50am. Each bought one ticket. At about 9.30am,
Person A was joined by 2 others. They purchased 4 tickets in total. I believe it
should have been more, though I might be wrong.
I mention this as those who arrived at around 8am and did a head count or the
maths of how many tickets each person was going to purchase, were not told of
the friends of A and B. So there was a chance they wasted 2 hours standing in
the queue and didn't get their day seat. Another unfortunate thing is they
wouldn't have found out till they reached the box office, and by this
time,person A, person B and all their friends would have purchased their tickets
Concerning the seats themselves (A27 and A28), you cannot get better for the
price. Many others have said, you'll miss out a bit on the mechanical dragon,
though it didn't seem to move that much. It is difficult to focus on the whole
stage as you are quite close. But I believe the close proximity a good thing.
You are NOT close enough that you need to tilt your head back, but you are close
enough that you feel as though the actors/actresses are looking directly at you
while they're singing. You can see the details of all their costumes, the
expression on their faces and even their beads of sweat. (The conductor also
poses no problems to anyone.)
If given the choice again, I would still chose the day seats over the regular
seats as you really feel the acting, the leg room is great and you are first in
line for the ice cream and drinks.
About the show, I can see why it has been going on for quite awhile, it was
I had three seats in row N 46 to 48 in the stalls. N46 was £22.50 plus a service
charge of £2.25 from
www.ticketmaster.co.uk. N47 and 48 were
£15 each plus service charge of £2.25.
N46 had an amazing view and I would highly recommend it, especially for the
N47 and 48 are over to the side, therefore you miss some small bits of the show, and
the back of the stage is hidden a bit, but you still get to see pretty much the
whole show and are so close to the stage. Great seats for the price paid. £17.25
was a total bargain!!! I would highly recommend these seats of you can get them.
I also highly recommend Wicked - very entertaining show and amazing talent!
Wicked The Musical - B13-14 (Stalls) - 15th June 2011 - Matinee.
This was my first time seeing the show since 27th March 2010, so I could only
remember a brief outline of the show! These seats are marked as 'green' on the
seating plan and I can definitely see why. At times (especially when she flew)
you really felt as if you were in the action and there, this made it very
special. Rachel Tucker completely blew us all away and I can't believe how
absolutely amazing she is! These seats were definitely worth it at £28 each. If
they were marked down as £62 seats, I probably wouldn't hesitate sitting there
again because the view was absolutely phenomenal.
26th August 2011.
I have to admit that, as not usually being a fan of musicals, I was a bit
apprehensive about going to see 'Wicked,' but I needn't have been as I thought
it was superb.
What impressed me was the clever way that the traditional story of Oz has been
twisted. There were plenty of catchy numbers which drove the story such as 'What
Is This Feeling?' and 'Popular' but the stand out song has to be 'Defying
Gravity 'which closes the first act. The chemistry between Rachel Tucker and
Louise Dearman is a pleasure to see, Tucker's performance as Elphaba was top
I was sat in the stalls in row D36 and 37 and they offered a decent view of the
stage, there was only a small part which I couldn't get a clear view of.
Definitely go and see 'Wicked' if you're looking for a family friendly musical
filled with magic!
My 11 year old daughter had been asking for ages to see this, so eventually got
around to booking tickets. To be honest I wasn't expecting that much - a show
about witches didn't seem that exciting.
However.... I was completely blown away. It was awesome, completely captivating.
Not so much for the catchy songs (I can still only really remember 'Defying
Gravity'!) or for the sets (which were clever) but for the simple, enchanting
relationship between Glinda and Elphaba, played to absolute perfection by Rachel
Tucker and Louise Dearman.
I had never heard of either of them before but they
were amazing, both of them, just stunning; at times funny, sad, happy, all the
emotions were there. I think I could run out of superlatives..... I also didn't realise that Rachel Tucker was a finalist on
Anything' (which we watched). I don't remember her at all (I was
supporting Jodie Prenger), but she was certainly an awesome Elphaba.
The rest of the cast played their parts too, but these two steal the show. They
so deserved their standing ovation and cheers at the end and looked genuinely
The story is lovely, in essence very simple, the relationship between the nice
good fairy and the horrible wicked one. Of course the nice one is not always
that nice and the horrible one is not so horrible. You will never again think of
the 'Witch of the West' as simply "wicked".
The ending of Act 1 is one of the most powerful I have seen.... Act 2 can't
quite match its power but it's still a good ending, a nice one.
An honourable mention must go to our seats, R8 and 9 in the Stalls, only white
in the seating plan, but really really good. Because of the way the seats are
laid out, R9 actually has no seat in front, meaning a completely clear view of
the stage for my daughter.
Overall, it's a must, I shall go again. It's completely WICKED (sorry!)
PS : A nice touch at the curtain call when Rachel told us about the special
'Children in Need' performance where she sings with Stacey Solomon, and asked us
all to give money for the charity as we left. Of course we were in such good
moods.... And as my daughter said "she spoke to us!!!".
Saturday Matinee 17th July 2011, seats R8 and R9 stalls.
Seats Q38 to Q40 in the stalls are great. There are no leg room concerns, as the
seats are the first row following a walk through gap. The seats cost £65 each
(including booking fee) whereas the ones just across the aisle, in the centre
block, were £92 each. We each had a full and unobstructed view of the stage. The
rake wasn't an issue because of the walk through gap and the row in front being
set lower down. And, an added bonus for the ladies - loos just off to the side,
which allow you to beat the interval rush and would have saved us queuing at the
main ones when we came in had we known!
yes.... have just been again!!!!
Had understudy for Elphaba, Nikki Davis-Jones, she was good but not as good as
Rachel. Saw Louise Dearman as Gah-Linda though and she was just as AWESOME as
before. Stole the show. She can do comedy (Popular) and tearjearking (Change For
The Better) .... wow !!!! So glad I saw her again before she leaves the show. We
stood at the stage door at the end hoping she may come out, but I guess if she
does the evening show she may not......
Other cast the same as before, all very good, and I picked up more of the
nuances of the story this time.
We sat in stalls row Q, lovely, seats 3 to 9. Theatremonkey has seats 3 and 4
marked as red but not sure why, me and my friend could see everything, and a
perfect view as no-one in front of us. And plenty of room for bags, and to stand
and cheer Louise at the end.
Great, great show. Love everything about it. I may go again, but not sure what I
would make of someone else in the role of Glinda.
(Louise Dearman fan club)
Thursday half term matinee 27 October 2011 seats stalls Q 3-9 Perfect!!
21st November 2011.
My second visit within the space of around 3 months to see this show (which is a
surprise as I'm not usually one for musicals) but I had to go whilst Rachel
Tucker and Louise Dearman are still playing Elphaba and Glinda (or should that
Tucker's performance once again blew me away, that role is made for her. I just
wish the producers would listen to the calls for a CD soundtrack to be made
whilst these two are still in the production.
My brother and I were sat in stalls G38 and 39 which gave a pretty decent view
of the stage, only a slight part was obscured but tickets were still great value
If you're looking for a family show then you can't go wrong with Wicked.
Certainly make sure you get there before Louise Dearman leaves the show in mid
You'll all leave the theatre so thrilled you'll feel you're "Defying Gravity" ;)
Saw it again.........wanted to see it one last time before Louise Dearman leaves
(why!!!???) and was lucky enough to get Stalls E23 and 24 from ATG Tickets
(Ticketmaster only had seats right at the back).
So, what can I say that I haven't already said. Wow. Awesome. Still just as good
on the third visit, and, if anything, even better being so close, as we could
see every expression on their faces and I picked up more than I had done before.
We were very lucky to see Louise, and Rachel too.... what a combo..... as
fantastic as ever. They can do funny, sad, poignant, and as I said with seats so
close you really get caught up in the emotion. My friend hadn't been before and
she was blown away too. I am still amazed they can do 8 shows a week and keep it
so fresh and powerful.
Kudos to the rest of the cast too, they are great, especially Mark Evans as
Fiyero, he's quite a hunk!!!!
That's me done now. I can't imagine anyone else playing Glinda so I don't think
I will go again. But what a very special, powerful show, I am very grateful to
have been there and to see the Tucker/Dearman combo.
I can't imagine there will be a dry eye in the house next Saturday when Louise
leaves........ the song 'For Good' at the end of the show will be very poignant!
(Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman fan club.... shame they don't release a CD
with these two......and what will the show be like without Louise???!)
Saturday matinee December 3rd 2011.
seats Stalls E23 and 24, awesome, its great to be so close...
I went to see 'Wicked' on cast change night, December 10th 2011, the last
performances of most of them. Absolutely spell-binding. Every song had me
captivated, the emotion and the story felt so real and you were sucked into
vying for Elphaba, Ga-linda (with a GA!) and Fiyero.
I'm a big Wizard of Oz fan, but now I can't watch it, as all I do is feel sorry
for poor old Elphie. I'm a WICKED fan now, all the way and don't care that
Wizard was made before and Wicked didn't even exist then. This totally changed
the way I view Wizard and it will you too!
Tucker (who's playing until Oct 2012 now!) was phenomenal as Elphaba. 'Defying
Gravity' had me (and my musical-hating Dad) absolutely speechless, and 'For
Good' (which got the actresses teary, it being their last together) had me in
tears. I couldn't recommend this show enough. Just go, go now and try defying
I saw 'Wicked' at the Apollo Victoria Theatre today (11th January 2012) and
thought it might be of use to your website if I gave a review of the seats.
I bought B36 in the stalls as it was only £15 (plus £2.50 for booking). I was
warned that there was a limited view but decided to go for it as I was probably
going for the soundtrack more than anything. Then my Mum decided she wanted to
come, so I bought the two seats next to it, B37 and 38 (I wasn't planning to buy
two more, but Ticketmaster's policy of not leaving single seats meant it worked
out just as cheap for me to buy an extra seat as it was to move somewhere else).
For the most part, I had a fantastic view. Being so close to the stage, you are
looking at a slight upward angle but it's not uncomfortable. I had enough leg
room as well, but I'm 5'7" so anyone taller may have a bit of a squeeze. There
were a couple of occasions where you couldn't see actions in the back left of
the stage due to the stage, but these aren't pivotal scenes and you can still
tell what is happening. Also, you do find yourself looking at cast members'
backs a few times but they move around a lot and for all important scenes the
view is fine.
My Mum had a little more trouble in B37 as the stairs were more in her way, so I
would say that 36 is as far as you can go before the view is really hindered,
but she said she could still see all of the action in the centre and didn't
really feel like she missed out on anything. She also said she thought the music
was a bit loud at times as the amps for the orchestra are positioned right in
front of our seats. Luckily there was no one in the end 3 seats of row A so no
tall people blocking the view. I don't know whether that would have been a
problem; that's one advantage of going on a week day I suppose (ours was a
Overall I would recommend buying 36 if you're on a budget and don't mind missing
a little bit of the action. Being so close was great as you could see the
actors' faces perfectly and they even catch your eye a few times which was nice.
It may be that if you get the equivalent seat on the right hand side of the
stalls then your view would be less restricted because the stairs to the wings
aren't on that side. I think 36 is as far left as you would want to go if seeing
the action easily is important to you, but for such a good price it was great!
Being in London for the day, I took my chances at the theatre box
office and tried for a single ticket for the same Monday evening. I
was offered Q23 and told this normally went for an eye-watering £90,
but I could have it for £62.50. Still pricey, but not a bad deal on
a premium seat. The view really couldn't have been better. The near
lack of rake in rows A to P works to your advantage here because
unless you have someone particularly tall in those seats, you are
looking over the people's heads. Also, as will be seen from the seat
plan, it is the front row on a centre aisle so the leg room is
enormous. The seats in row Q are also far enough forward so the
overhang of the dress does not obscure the view of anything
happening high up, as it might do with seats further back. A small
(very small) irritation is that Q23 is on the junction of two centre
aisles, the position where the drinks and ice cream sellers position
themselves, so if you're staying in your seat for the interval, be
prepared for quite a bit of traffic
— as I say minor
quibble. Facial expressions would have been clearer by being a bit
closer, but again this is a small point and you're really not that
far away. Being central, the sound is superb and Rachel Tucker's
voice is so powerful it could probably be heard at the Apollo
Shaftesbury Avenue, never mind the Apollo Victoria. I'm probably a
bit spoilt now. I can never afford the full price of a premium seat
and will not always be lucky enough to pick up one cheaper. But if
you can go that extra few pounds, this is a good a seat as any in
Just returned from 'Wicked' (February 2012) it was amazing. We
got tickets on
ticketmaster for £17.25 each and
they were perfect. The stalls H43 and H44. I was a little nervous about
them but after reading reviews on this website decided to take a
chance. They were great seats and hardly any of the show was missed.
I would recommend anyone to go for these cheaper seats than pay full
price for them. The show was fantastic and booking again now for
We went to see Wicked on Saturday the 10th March 2012. We had
seats T38, T39 and T40 in the stalls. These seats were side right
to the stage. We paid £67.50 and would recommend these seats. I
unfortunately had a tall man in front of me so had to do a bit
of bobbing in and out; however, he was aware of his height and sat
well down in his seat, bless. The characters were easy to see
but for more of a look at their expressions etc we used the
binoculars. I would recommend these seats and the leg room was
Review of show
5 stars. Amazing set, amazing costumes, amazing actors, amazing
singing. Brilliant. A perfect night out for people who enjoy
Review of Seat: My friend and I were sat on G32, 33. Paid £62.50 per
ticket. Brilliant seat. Worth every penny.
View was clear, we could see the actors up close but were far enough
to appreciate the stage. Perhaps a seat further behind in the
central stalls would be more appropriate for someone who wishes to
enjoy the entire stage. However, I certainly enjoyed being close to
Went to see 'Wicked' matinee show at the Apollo Victoria Saturday
19th May 2012. What can I say.... the show was amazing and, if
anyone is in the area, I suggest you go watch it!!
We were sat in Circle row H 26 and 27. The view from these seats
was amazing. All the stage could be clearly seen, with none of the
characters feeling too far away. Sound was pretty good, better than
expected after reading the reviews. However I do not suggest these
seats unless bought cheap; reason being that people in row G in
front of you have the railing. We had the guy in front of us
constantly moving, forward and backwards - and this was a pain. We
were lucky enough that row I behind us was empty so we moved up one
row, resolving the problem. So I agree with Theatremonkey marking
these rows in Red as they are risky especially if you pay top price
for them. Go for rows J or K or A to F middle section, worth every
Attended the show on the 11th of August 2012, and had a
marvellous time! Would thoroughly recommend the show to anyone who
is a fan of musicals.
We had seats P42 and P43, which were to the left hand side of
stalls, and are ones that the Monkey recommends as they are at a
reduced price compared to some of the more expensive tickets in the
stalls. The tickets were £32.50 and are amazing value as you get a
good view of the stage without the big price tag of surrounding
seats. There was only one moment where I couldn't see one of the
performers enter, but they soon moved to the foreground. I would
highly recommend these seats as they are really great value.
Yes, Seen it again... 4th time for me, 3rd for daughters, 1st for
their friends, and it was still magical for all of us. We were lucky
enough to see the awesome Rachel Tucker for one last time before she
leaves. Gina Beck has big shoes to fill after Louise, but we liked
her a lot, she sings beautifully and was very sweet. Rest of the
cast good as always, it really is a great show, and they all had a
huge standing ovation at the end.
We sat in stalls row B 14 to 17 and row C 16 and 17. Seats great,
it's fantastic to be so close. B 13 and 14 are marked as limited
view so are much cheaper but are well worth it, none of us missed
We are going back just 1 more time to see Louise as Elphaba.....
Saturday matinee: 13 October 2012.
I so wanted to like 'Wicked' – having heard “Defying Gravity,” I
couldn’t wait to hear it live in the theatre
Saw the evening performance on 30th October 2012 – we sat in the
Stalls in seats R38 and R39 – great view of the whole stage and one
of us could stretch out a bit as R38 is on the aisle – seats felt
comfortable and binoculars were available if you felt you needed
For the most part sound was fine when people were speaking and
singing individually, but when the whole cast sang it was hard to
make out what they were saying.
Louise Dearman certainly has a pair of lungs on her – she really
does belt the songs out and got well deserved applause – however
both myself and my partner just didn’t enjoy the first act – it
seemed to drag on – I felt like I could have easily just walked in
for the 'Defying Gravity' song at the end of the first act and
wouldn’t have felt like I had missed too much.
Second act was better, but we both came away feeling huge
disappointment – there were clever references to the 'Wizard of Oz'
film, concerning three of the characters, which we thought were
smart; the time dragon didn’t seem to do much – apart from shaking
its head a few times, there didn’t seem much point to it – maybe I
was expecting too much ?
Maybe Wicked isn’t aimed at my age group (40) – given the number of
young / teenage girls in the theatre, there’s obviously a market for
it – Definitely not one to go and see again for me