Myself and the husband never get to go out alone, you could count the number of times that we have done so since having children on one hand. Therefore it was a lovely treat to be asked along to see Wicked in the Apollo Victoria Theatre for the purposes of a review.
Wicked is a major theatre hit, its a show that I’ve been keen to see for a while and it features some really well known songs. Songs which you’ll know the words to but wont realise where they are from. I found myself humming along, the men sitting next to me were singing. It’s that sort of musical, fun, fabulous and no-one minds if you really want to enjoy it.
I’ve seen a fair few west end musicals and in terms of stage props and set dressing Wicked has to be one of the most impressive I’ve seen. I loved the way the white witch balanced on her swing and the dragon was awe inspiring. The costumes were frankly awesome, I absolutely loved them and felt quite inspired to make some dressing up costumes for the kids. In particular the flying monkeys were grotesque and sinister; the costumes really bringing them to life.
One of the things which I hadn’t realised about Wicked was that its a completely alternative story of the Wicked Witch of the West (from the Wizard of Oz for those of you who haven’t fallen in). It’s a brilliant alternative take and has a great message. I thought it was a real shame that the production isn’t really considered suitable for small children (although there were plenty of small tourists there) because its an important message for young people. However, I do agree my children would have been quite disturbed because it is such a visually stimulating experiences and some of the characters and costumes are very good and very scary! Nonetheless if your child is 7 or over then do take them along it would be a wonderful experience for them.
If you are considering a night out without the kids this summer then I can thoroughly recommend Wicked the Musical it is a brilliant show with fantastic music and we had the best night out of our year. Take a look here: