Wicked Becomes West End's 10th Longest-Running Show; Top 9 Revealed

By Andrew Gans
03 Jun 2014

The international hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked is now the West End's 10th longest-running show, having played over 3,000 performances.



Currently in its eighth year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, the musical has been seen by over 5.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006.

Executive producer Michael McCabe said in a statement, “We are extremely proud to be joining such legendary shows as The Mousetrap, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera as one of the 10 longest running productions in the West End. It is an incredible new milestone for Wicked and we greatly appreciate the continuing support of theatregoers.”

The London production currently stars Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda).

Wicked has music and lyrics by Academy Award winner Schwartz, a book by Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and direction by two-time Tony Award winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked, which is based on the acclaimed novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire, has won over 90 international awards.

The 10 longest-running shows in the West End follow:

The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre.
Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre.
The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre.
The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre.
Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre.
The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre.
Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre.
Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre.
The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre.
Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre.