According to the official website for the London production, tickets will be available beginning at 9 AM on March 5. The musical, which continues to play to capacity crowds on Broadway, in Chicago and around the country, will begin performances at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre Sept. 27.
No casting has been announced for Wicked, which concerns the friendship of two unlikely witches. London's Daily Mail, however, recently said that the show will be adapted for West End audiences and the original creative team — including Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello and set designer Eugene Lee — will be part of the London production.
As previously announced, the Apollo Victoria Theatre will also house the upcoming limited engagement of Billy Joel's Movin' Out. The venue's current tenant, Saturday Night Fever, ends its run there Feb. 16.
Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.
Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, with an official opening Oct. 30, 2003. The Broadway company continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. The website for the West End production of Wicked is located at www.wickedthemusical.co.uk.