The spectacular worldwide phenomenon ‘Wicked’ is back on UK Tour and it’s latest stop is Liverpool. It’s one of the longest running West End shows and there’s very good reason for it.

It’s the reimagined story of the Wizard of Oz, from before Dorothy arrived.

Elphaba and Glinda meet at University and despite an awkward start become good friends. Things don’t turn out the way the pair expected and they are separated by their choices – but their friendship remains through the most testing of circumstances.

The show is a social commentary of life, with heavy political parallels that bring enhanced depth and meaning to the audience – but it surely is the tale of friendship and survival that keeps audiences coming back for more – with many citing this as their favourite ever production.

Runaway success also has it’s production budget benefits. Wicked is renowned for unbelievable sets, costume and tech that dwarf many other productions and the tour (although obviously slightly hindered by having to have a set that can travel) is no different.

A stunning set makes way for this production on a staggering scale. You have to see it to believe it – but Wicked is a masterclass in how it flows so swiftly. With a gripping tale and stunning music, this is the show that you won’t forget.

A cast of such high caliber require no individual praise but we were lucky enough to see the debut of Amy Webb as Elphaba – the 100th actress to play the role. She oozes quality and plays the lead role wonderfully.

Rarely will you get to see a touring production of this quality. This production has it all. From the sensational direction that brings out every part of the story, the perfect choreography and musical direction, to the live orchestra that reproduces Stephen Schwartz’s most well known sounds.

Get your tickets whilst the last few remain at www.atgtickets.com/liverpool

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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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