You have until Saturday 29 September to book your tickets to Wicked The Musical at Sunderland Empire where you will be thrust into a whimsical world where a goat can be a professor and a child is born green. Prepare for playfully imaginative narrative full of wit and humour, vibrant costumes and dramatic sets as you enter the fantastical, reimagined world of Oz and Munchkinland. Wicked The Musical has a bounty of awards under its belt and, now in its 12th year in London’s West End, it’s not hard to see why this has become a firm favourite. 

Glinda, Wicked The Musical

Wicked follows the lives of unlikely friends Elphaba (played by Amy Ross) and Glinda (Helen Woolf) as they start out at sorcery school. Between them, they not only bring the glitz and green that the musical is famous for but also bring knock-out performances. The gut-stirring richness of their voices as they belt out the classic soundtrack and the combination of humour and poignance of their performances are truly magical.

Wicked is bursting with references from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum which bring added laughs but, don't worry, enjoying Wicked doesn’t rely on you knowing about Dorothy’s adventures when she ventures along that famous Yellow Brick Road (although… has this story slipped past anyone?) Despite its whimsy and fantastical glittery exterior – there is a deeply thought-provoking undercurrent to Wicked.  Glinda is so sickly sweet and rolled in sparkle that it is hard to question her “good” credentials – yet being pop.u.ooo.lar does not always mean you’ve got a heart of gold. You could argue that Elphaba is the victim of some serious Fake News which has led to her being forever branded “The Wicked Witch of the West.” But as her past unravels to reveal her less than wicked motives and honourable heart, it’s impossible not to admire Elphaba and be cheering her all the way. 

Wicked The Musical

There is nothing quite like a trip to the theatre and something quite spellbinding about having your senses bombarded from every angle. Even the costumes - vibrant, jewel coloured costumes made from metres of emerald ribbon and 100s of thousands of sequins - are award-winning. Wicked is a real feast.

What a treat to be able to see such a world-class performance right here in the North East! Sunderland Empire is a stunning theatre decked out in elaborately rich style and the perfect stopping point for this award-winning musical. It’s charming, Edwardian building dates back to the early 1900s and makes for a brilliant host venue.

If you’re not an avid theatre or musical lover then you will be won over by Wicked all the same as it is accessible and a total delight with just the right ratio of singing to actually speaking the story! There were moments when I had to stuff my programme in my mouth and sit on my hands to stop myself clapping, whooping and squawking along with a little too much enthusiasm.Wicked The Musical

Get yourselves along to experience Wicked The Musical at Sunderland Empire before it ends; the best availability is at mid-week performances but there are still limited tickets available for weekend performances. It’s a great evening out with handy car parking at nearby Bridges Car Park (make sure to prepay for your parking, it’s a touch more expensive but so worth it to avoid the post-theatre queues).

Once Wicked has melted away in a splash of water, there are still plenty of brilliant reasons to make a trip to Sunderland Empire with this line up of smash hits to look forward to:

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