Wicked Flies Back To Ireland In 2018

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is thrilled to announce that WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will fly back to Dublin in 2018. The spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return for a strictly limited 7 week run from 17 July to September 1 2018. Tickets are on sale at 10am this Friday 30 June through Ticketmaster outlets.

 

This will be Irish theatregoers’ second chance to experience a true modern classic and one of the most successful productions in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre’s history. WICKED was previously seen by over 130,000 people during its celebrated Irish premiere engagement in 2013.

 

Acclaimed as “a joyous spectacle that captures the imagination” (Irish Independent) and “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard), 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, a compelling ‘untold’ story and show-stopping songs, including the incredible ‘Defying Gravity’.

 

A three-time winner of the theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award, WICKED played a fifteen-city tour of the UK & Ireland from September 2013 – July 2015, winning five-star rave reviews at every venue. It resumed touring in July 2016 to embark on a major international tour including engagements in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing. This spectacular production will also play an engagement in Zurich immediately prior to its return to the UK & Ireland.

 

WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and, in September 2016, celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, WICKED has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

 

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for DreamWorks, The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

 

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK & Ireland) Michael McCabe.

 

Casting for the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour is to be announced.

 

WICKED IN NUMBERS

 

  • WICKED was seen by over 130,000 people in its first visit to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in 2013.
  • By the time this acclaimed production of WICKED returns to Dublin it will have travelled almost 12 thousand miles (by road, sea and air) since its debut in Manchester on 12 September 2013.
  • Since September 2013, 1.5 million theatregoers have seen this record-breaking touring production.
  • This “musical sensation” (Entertainment.ie) features 350 stunning costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.
  • It takes 100 people, both on-stage and behind the scenes, to delivery every single performance of this gigantic touring production that has been acclaimed as “every bit the West End show” (The Reviews Hub).

 

WICKED AROUND THE WORLD

 

  • WICKED has been seen by over 50 million people across over 100 cities in 15 countries.
  • WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in London theatre history and now one of the top five longest running musicals currently playing in the West End.
  • WICKED recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the West End, and has played over 4500 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run.
  • WICKED has won over 100 major awards including 3 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Olivier Audience Awards, 10 WhatsOnStage Awards, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Grammy Award.
  • WICKED was also named as the ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ at the 2017 School Travel Awards.

 

Official website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

Twitter: @WickedUK

Facebook: /WickedUK  |  Instagram: @WickedUK

 

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