July 17 - September 1
The West End and Broadway musical phenomenon flies back into Dublin!
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.
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.