Prepare to go green as one of the most successful musicals of all time returns to the stage in Southampton.

Wicked has been casting its magical spell around the world for two decades and will fly back into Mayflower Theatre from May 23 to June 16.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a backstory 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.

Daily Echo: A scene from Wicked

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Reprising their West End roles, Laura Pick will be starring as Elphaba, Carl Man will be playing Fiyero and Simeon Truby will be portraying The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond.

The critically acclaimed touring production returns to Southampton for a third time, having sold an incredible 120,000 tickets during runs in 2014 and 2018.

The West End version continues its open-ended run at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre where it is now flying into its landmark 18th year.

Daily Echo: A scene from Wicked

Wicked has now been seen by 65 million people worldwide, and 2024 marks the 21st anniversary of its Broadway premiere where a production continues, alongside a North American tour and productions in Sydney and Tokyo. A film is also in production. 

Wicked has won more than 100 awards, including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy.