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Wicked is flying into the Liverpool Empire Theatre in 2024

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Wicked is flying into the Liverpool Empire Theatre in 2024
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Wicked has announced a major 10-city 2023-2025 UK & Ireland Tour and will be coming to the Liverpool Empire for four weeks only from Thursday 20 June 2024 ‚Äď Sunday 14 July 2024.

One of the best-selling productions in the venue’s history, Wicked sold nearly 140,000 tickets across its two celebrated previous engagements in 2014 and 2018

Wicked
Credit: Mark Senior

The West End and Broadway musical phenomenon, that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, continues its open-ended run at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it has already been seen by more than 11 million people and is now in its 17th year. 

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. 

Wicked
Credit: Matt Crockett

With a touring cast, orchestra, company and crew of 82 people, and a further 20 people employed locally, ‚Äúthe blockbuster stage show‚ÄĚ (Edinburgh Evening News) played to sold-out audiences during two previous tours of the UK & Ireland, winning the BroadwayWorld UK Award for ‚ÄėBest Touring Production‚Äô. Casting to be announced.

Wicked Executive Producer (UK & Ireland), Michael McCabe, said:

‚ÄúWe are proud to be bringing Wicked back to the magnificent Liverpool Empire, where incredible audiences greeted us during two previous sold-out engagements. We‚Äôre excited to have this opportunity to share once again the spectacle, magic and emotion that has created unforgettable memories for audiences in the North West and all around the world.‚ÄĚ

Wicked
Credit: Matt Crockett

Diane Belding, Theatre Director, Liverpool Empire, added: 

‚ÄėWe‚Äôre delighted to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the theatre‚Äôs history, in Wicked. I know the people of the region will be just as thrilled as we are!‚Äô

Wicked has already been seen by more than 60 million people worldwide and 2023 marks the 20th Anniversary Year of its Broadway premiere. Productions continue on Broadway, in the West End and on tour across North America. Wicked will also return to Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan in 2023. 

Wicked
Credit: Mark Senior

Wicked features songs by multi-Oscar and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted). It is based on the multi-million copy best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire and written by Emmy and Tony Award nominee Winnie Holzman (creator of the landmark American television series My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento with direction by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK & Ireland) Michael McCabe.

Wicked
Credit: Mark Senior

Wicked in Numbers

  • Wicked¬†has already been seen by more than¬†60 million people¬†around the world and has been performed in over¬†130 cities¬†in¬†16 countries.
  • Wicked¬†sold nearly¬†140,000¬†tickets during its two previous visits¬†to¬†the Liverpool Empire
  • Wicked¬†is already the¬†5th¬†longest-running show in Broadway history.¬†2023 marks its¬†20th¬†Anniversary Year.
  • Wicked¬†is now in its¬†17th¬†year¬†at London‚Äôs Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run.
  • The West End production has already been seen by an incredible¬†11 million people¬†and continues to break Box Office records.¬†
  • Wicked¬†features 350 stunning costumes, 140 wigs, 244 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.
  • With a touring of company of 80 and 20 additional staff employed in each city, it takes¬†100 people, both on-stage and behind the scenes, to deliver performances of this massive touring production.
  • The 2023-2025 UK & Ireland Tour marks the third time the production has travelled to theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Wicked¬†has won over¬†100¬†major awards¬†including 3 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, 10 WhatsOnStage Awards (including 3 for ‚ÄėBest West End Show‚Äô), 6 Australian Helpmann Awards, and a¬†Grammy.

Tickets are on public sale from Thursday 8 June 2023 on the Liverpool Empire Theatre website here.

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