WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to confirm that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the Liverpool Empire in 2018. One of the most successful productions in the venue’s history, WICKED was previously seen by over 68,000 people – equivalent to 1 in 7 people in Liverpool – during its celebrated engagement in September/October 2014.
Executive Producer Michael McCabe said, “We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from audiences and critics alike when we first brought Wicked to Liverpool in 2014, and it is extraordinary to think that over 68,000 people came and saw us. The whole team at the Liverpool Empire showed such tremendous enthusiasm and support, and we’re all really delighted to return to this legendary venue.”
The Liverpool Empire’s General Manager, Diane Belding said, “Wicked is one of the most popular musicals there is and we are honoured to be welcoming the production back to the Empire stage. During its run here in 2014, seeing thousands of smiling faces leaving the theatre after every performance was truly magical. I’m sure Liverpool will fall under its spell once again when the production returns to the city next year.”
WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, WICKED has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz
WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Tickets for Wicked are priced from £12 and are available from the Empire Theatre Box office, by telephone on 0844 871 3017 or online at atgtickets.com/Liverpool. See the Empire Theatre homepage for further times and information.