Review: Wicked at The Bristol Hippodrome

Posted on Feb 2 2018 - 5:48pm by Samantha Clark

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: When an award winning musical production that is world renowned is touring and paying visit to your local theatre, you have to go! And Wicked, in particular, is a show not to be missed.

This was the second time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Wicked in Bristol and once again, I was in absolute awe. What made it even more special was taking my 5 year old niece and seeing the excitement, enthusiasm and emotion that I experienced the first time I saw it (albeit somewhat older than her!) and the expression in her face throughout was a joy to watch.

Helen Woolf as Glinda in WICKED UK & Ireland Tour. Photo Credit Matt Crockett (3) (800x534)

And you’d be hard pressed not to love it too.

Talking with her beforehand, and her love of the Wizard of Oz, I recalled, if you have no experience of Wicked, you’re unlikely to be familiar with the story, since it is commonly only experienced on stage. So for starters it isn’t like you’re watching something you’ve seen a million times before. The story is so different from the many other versions of Oz, which, let’s be honest- becomes a little predictable, so it’s impossible not to be enthralled. You’re eager to see how it plays out.

As you’d expect, it comes with it a fair share of pizazz.

It is one of the most spectacular musical productions to see, for all it offers; spellbinding vocals that raises the hair on the back of your neck and tingles down your spine, dazzling costumes, beautiful sets and incredible choreography.

And it isn’t all serious.

The stories of Oz are all quite serious; focusing on a young girl that loses her way and comes face to face with many daring challenges. Wicked is no different in this sense. But Wicked is considerably funny, Glinda (Helen Woolf) in particular will have you giggling along.

Plus there’s THE song.

Amy Ross as Elphaba in WICKED UK & Ireland Tour. Photo Credit Matt Crockett (534x800)

Defying Gravity is one of the most iconic pieces of music in any musical, and this production certainly does it justice, Amy Ross is tremendous as Elphaba and wowed the audience as she flew around the theatre.

Don’t miss out

We’re so fortunate to have a show of this calibre come to our theatres; Wicked, like most large scale productions are so enormous (over 100 people are involved in this production) that they’re in situ and you have to travel to see it. Since it was last here 3 years ago, don’t wait another moment to catch it while you can.

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