Thought you knew the story about the Wicked Witch of the West? Then think again.
Wicked, which is running at Milton Keynes Theatre until March 8, tells the story behind the Witches of Oz: Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
When we meet Elphaba and Glinda, they are college students – and it’s loathing at first sight.
Glinda, an airheaded, spoilt rich girl and Elphaba, an unfortunate green-tinged social outcast are forced to share a room together and we follow the pair of them as they diverge down different paths, following a fateful visit to see the Wizard of Oz.
The production pulls out all the stops to bring to life an action packed story with fantastic songs, dramatic acting and breathtaking sets, which includes a giant dragon above the stage.
The costumes, along with the clockwork set have a real steampunk vibe, giving the eye plenty to feast on during the familiar story with a twist.
The two leads Nikki Davis-Jones, who plays Elphaba and Emily Tierney, who plays Glinda, gave it their all, belting out the musical’s memorable tunes.
Particularly outstanding was the final song of the first act Defying Gravity, by far the best song of the night, and giving both leads the chance to shine.
The rest of the cast are also brilliant, particularly Dale Rapley, who plays The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There also appearances from some familiar characters.
If you want an entertaining night out, that also makes you think a little, then I highly recommend going to see Wicked. You’ll have an absolutely ‘wicked’ time.
Wicked runs until March 8 and tickets are available from the box office on 0844 8717652 or www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes. Get on your broomstick!