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Written by on 25th July 2018

Wicked returns to the Sunderland Empire in just 6 weeks for an exclusive and final North East engagement

Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, returns to Sunderland Empire in just 6 weeks for an exclusive and final North East engagement from Thursday 6 September for 4 weeks only.

“An amazing show that drew massive crowds last time” (Sunderland Echo), WICKED was previously seen by more than 56,000 people during its original engagement at Sunderland Empire in 2015, receiving standing ovations from audiences and rave reviews:

“Something Wicked this way stuns! One of the most exciting musicals of recent times and the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK.” THE NORTHERN ECHO

“This most magical of musicals, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, has landed on Wearside and it’s lost none of its West End sparkle. The sets shimmer and the cast soar – quite literally!”

“This spellbinding musical has caused quite a stir on Wearside and I was completely blown away. It’s fast-paced, witty and a spectacular treat for the eyes.” NORTHUMBERLAND ECHO

Since its premiere in Manchester in 2013, this gigantic and celebrated touring production, involving over 100 people onstage and behind the scenes, has not only dazzled audiences across the UK but also in China, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland and Ireland.

It will take 13 articulated lorries to transport the show’s spectacular sets, props and costumes to Sunderland in September, making a 330-mile journey from Dublin. When they arrive, a backstage team of 60 will work for 3 days to build the production and prepare the theatre for the first performance.

This includes creating an area backstage known as ‘Wardrobe Village’, which will house the show’s 350 award-winning costumes, 75 wigs, 140 pairs of shoes, 110 hats, 125 pairs of gloves and 30 prosthetic masks.

On stage, one of the first things audiences will see as they enter the auditorium is a giant mechanical dragon, which hangs 7.5 metres above the stage with a wingspan of 11 metres.

The acclaimed cast of 31 features Amy Ross as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda, Aaron Sidwell (best known as ‘Steven Beale’ in EastEnders) as Fiyero, Steven Pinder (best known as ‘Max Farnham’ in Brookside) as The Wizard & Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Emily Shaw as Nessarose and Iddon Jones as Boq. Nikki Bentley is Standby for Elphaba.

Wicked transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz, providing wonders beyond the imagination.

The “spellbinding smash hit” (Time Out) is already the 6th longest running Broadway show of all time and the 14th longest running West End show of all time.

Around the world, WICKED has been seen by over 55 million people and won more than 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in the UK.

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