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It's Wicked at Bristol Hippodrome


Wonderfully wicked and deliciously woke the latest production Wicked The Musical officially opened at the Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday night, January 26, for a five-week run.

And the first night verdict from Nailsea People is ‘wow, wow, wow’ with a flawless performance from its superb all-singing and all-dancing cast of seasoned super troupers.

Our party of two mothers and their daughters said: “The voices were pitch perfect, the moves full of energy and stamina this was the best Wicked ever – we have seen it several times and it rates in our top five theatre shows of all time.”

Starring Laura Pick as Elphaba and Sarah O’Connor as Glinda this is essentially a love story between two friends who met at sorcery school and is penned as a Wizard of Oz prequel from Gregory Maquire’s 1995 novel.

Laura and musical top man Carl Man (Fiyero) were in the West End production.

Our foursome decided that the standout performance came from Elphaba. They said: “She did not miss a note or breath. She’s a natural and it was effortless.” While Glinda was very well cast with a very strong stage presence and fabulous operatic voice.

Our Nailsea School student, aged 15, said: “The dancing is incredible - not a single person out of sync, everyone worked so well together.”

The Victorian steampunk costumes in the Emerald City came in every shade of green from taffeta skirts to stripped satin and silk breeches with the vintage ra ra finery topped off with feathers and funky hats. It was Bridgerton meets the posh people on the Hunger Games.

The attention to detail with crafted flawless movements made to look effortless was so absorbing it made you soon forget that you were packed in like sardines in a hot theatre with uncomfortable seats, said one of the mums.

There is an edgy slant to the story with bitchy fake friendships/teasing bullying but there is also a comedic links and a bit of animal farm political undertones with society admiring the wrong people and silencing minorities.

So, will Glinda learn the true value of friendship and how to be kinder, will the wheelchair-bound sister learn to walk and can the goat professor and the monkeys escape being caged and silenced?

Go see for yourself, this show comes with our highest recommendation.

Wicked is one of the most successful musicals of all time and plays until Sunday, February 25.

Tickets are now on sale at

More than 60,000tickets have already been sold for this third return visit and now more seats have been released at £60 and under across the run including half term.

It takes over 100 people on-stage and behind the scenes to deliver each performance of this award-winning touring production.

Featuring all the celebrated spectacle, magic, technical wizardry, and more than 350 stunning costumes, this production has been acclaimed, in a five-star review, as ‘every bit the West End show’ by The Reviews Hub and we agree.

Wicked has now been seen by almost 65 million people worldwide and has won more than 100 major international awards including three Tony Awards; six Drama Desk Awards and two Olivier Audience Awards.

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PHOTOS: Mark Senior and Matt Crockett

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