A WICKED Time
Last year Bristol Pride couldn’t have been happier to have had current West End Wicked star, Alice Fearn, perform onstage, and we flew at the chance to see the touring production as it returned to Bristol for 2018. This production of the ever-popular stage show spares no expense with a dazzling stage and spectacular numbers performed ably by the entire cast.
The show follows the early days of the Wicked Witch of the West, known here as Elphaba, as she attends Shiz University where she clashes with the Elle Woods-esque Glinda, all blonde hair and pink frills contrasting Elphaba’s serious look and green skin. Soon though, the two become close friends and learn that all is not as it seems in Oz once they meet the Wizard and must overcome wicked plots and yearning hearts.
Through the machinations of the Wizard the show serves as a reminder in these current times of how misinformation can be spread and the importance of looking behind the curtain of those in positions of powers. The show seems more relevant today than ever before, and with its themes of acceptance for those who are different, the message comes through loud and clear and truly resonated with the audience and those of us at Bristol Pride.
However; it is the showstopping numbers that most people will leave wanting to talk about, Defying Gravity remains one of the iconic moments from musical theatre, here it is done full justice by Amy Ross as Elphaba and Helen Woolf as Glinda, as well as by the touring staging which looks as good as anything in the West End.
Wicked continues at Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, 21 March. For info and to book tickets, visit www.atgtickets.com/shows/wicked/bristol-hippodrome