Wicked Begins U.K. Run Sept. 7; Box Office Opens March 5

News   Wicked Begins U.K. Run Sept. 7; Box Office Opens March 5 Previews for the London production of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre will begin Sept. 7. As previously announced, the musical, which tells the backstory of the witches of Oz, will officially open Sept. 27.

The Apollo Victoria Theatre box office, located on Wilton Road, will open for business March 5 at 9 AM and will stay open until 5 PM. Beginning March 6, box-office hours will be Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-7:30 PM.

Tickets will also be available beginning March 5 by calling Ticketmaster at 0870 4000 751 or by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

Wicked will play Monday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM. During previews, tickets will be priced £5-£45; after previews, prices will range £15-£55.

No casting has been announced for the London mounting of Wicked, which will be directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

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. The website for the West End production of Wicked is located at www.wickedthemusical.co.uk.