For years, I’ve been half listening to people bang on about how Wicked The Musical is SO AMAZING and OMG THE BEST SHOW EVER and I can now confirm that it is all of the above and more.
My wicked night started by checking in at The 4* Park Plaza Victoria hotel, which is literally opposite the Apollo theatre (where Wicked is shown). There’s just something so luxurious for a Londoner staying at a hotel in London. Just knowing you don’t have to commute anywhere afterwards is blissful. I went up to my lovely executive suite (with TWO TVs – seriously, who would anyone need two TVs in their room?) Ran a bubble bath with their Elemis products, popped open a bottle of champagne and sipped it in the bath, while eating macaroons. So wicked.
I then had just 45 minutes until the show started and was starving, so paid the hotel restaurant, TOZI a visit and asked them if I could have a speedy feed. I was expecting some sort of slap dash, mediocre food, but was majorly impressed with the quality of the Italian tapas that arrived on my table (in record time) I would even go so far to say I’d come back to Victoria just to return here – and I never go to Victoria out of choice. The standouts were the Burrata with heritage tomatoes and basil, the Buffalo ricotta ravioli with black truffle and the Gratinated scallops.
Off to the show we went! As someone with an unusually low attention span, possibly bordering on ADHD, I often get bored in shows by about half time. But Wicked held my attention the whole way through and even afterwards, when I got to go backstage and meet the witches themselves – more on that later.
If you don’t know the story of Wicked, let me summarise. Remember Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz? Well Wicked basically tells Elphaba’s side of the story, all the way from her high school days, where she was BFFS with Glinda (Good Witch of the South). Poor old Elphaba was born green, and consequently misunderstood and bullied for it, whereas Glinda was born pretty, blonde and popular. The story shows excellent parallels to real school life – and delivers some pretty good moral values too – notably ‘don’t judge a book by its cover – even if it is green.’ We also learn that a story can look very different depending on who’s telling it and what angle you look at it – so it turns out Elphaba wasn’t evil at all. She was in fact pretty bloody lovely.
The two witches played by Emma Hatton (Elphaba) and Savannah Stevenson (Glinda) were perfect in every way; funny, beautiful, great singers, great dancers – so I was absolutely star struck to meet them both after the show. ‘I love your dress’, Glinda even said to me (they’re lovely too). I even got to hold the green baby witch.So weird. And have a little dance about on a West End stage. So wicked.
Anyway, I’ve now joined the gang of people proclaiming Wicked is the best show they’ve ever seen – I highly recommend saving up and adding in a hotel stay at The Park Plaza, Victoria too, to make for a really special night.