If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again… When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Going to the theatre can be an expensive business not least in the West End of London and Wicked is one of those show that draws in such a huge audience on a nightly basis that obtaining tickets at a discount price is very difficult to do. For the best seats in the house expect to pay upwards of £60.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on this amazing production though as the 24 seats in the front row are held back and only go on sale at 10am on the day of the performance on a first come, first serve basis. That does mean that you’ll have to get there early and prepare to queue but for just £25 (+ booking fee) these tickets really are worth it.
- Get there early to guarantee a spot – I was there just after 8am on a Monday and there were already four people ahead of me, expect bigger queues on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Bring a coat – even if it’s a sunny day the box office is on the wrong side of the street to catch any sun and as it’s narrow the slightest bit of wind and you feel like you’re in a wind tunnel!
- Bring a friend – if you can take someone with you that way you can take turns if you need to nip to the loo or grab a coffee. Also it’s a maximum of two tickets per person so if there’s two of you and you’re lucky you can get a total of four tickets.
- Have a backup plan – the first time I went to see Wicked the person in front of me got the last day ticket, as I had my heart set on seeing the show I asked for the best possible seat and paid full ticket price. If you can’t afford to do that, set a budget and stick to it. London Theatre Monkey has a great seating plan where you can see which of the cheaper tickets are deemed the best value for money.