Wicked Theatre Review

Admittedly I had reservations about this when I first heard of it actually being a thing; ‘The Story of The Wizard of Oz but from the point the point of view from the Wicked Witch’ – it sounded like a dodgy spin off to me and I didn’t give it much thought. Yet here we are however many years later and it’s still going strong and people are still raving about it…

So the tickets were bought and I went with relatively low expectations given the summary of the story line I had received.

Just walking into the theatre was amazing as the set which could be seen before the curtain went up was full of detail. A huge mechanical dragon positioned above the theatre’s arch really caught my eye as it looked so detailed and I was immediately intrigued as to it’s purpose. The green luminescence offered by the lighting helped to set the atmosphere as magical and also alluded to the Emerald City, a map of which was displayed on the curtain, with a bright green light indicating the location of the city itself.

The costumes were stunning. The Emerald green costumes in particular were so detailed and individual to each cast member that they were truly fascinating to look at. Their extravagance reminded me of the costumes used for the people who lived in the Capitol in The Hunger Games. Although I found myself feeling sorry for Elphaba as she never had such a stand out costume but was always confined to black due to the nature of her character.

The storyline was solid, with the first act being the background story for Elphaba and Glinda in order to establish their relationship, which leads into act two where the story of the Wizard of Oz is twisted, and a different view of the story is presented. Showing instead how the Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow come to be and the true side to the Wicked witch. With clever references to how water would affect the ‘Wicked Witch’ the story is left to unfold…

A marvel to go and watch. May not be as good as the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’ but a wonderful production none the less. Perfect for younger audiences, with life lessons that will stay with you.

4 out of 5 stars.

Bex Woods

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