Spell-binding evening at Hippodrome

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 23 February 2015

The cast during musical number, Defying Gravity

The cast during musical number, Defying Gravity

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The critically-acclaimed musical, Wicked, proved to be a major hit with both young and old audience members alike at the Bristol Hippodrome.

The musical, which had its debut in 2003, explores the early life of the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, played by Ashleigh Gray.

While studying as a sorcerer at Shiz University she meets Glinda (Emily Tierney), an air-headed blonde girl who puts popularity above everything - the complete polar opposite to the green-skinned, socially-unaccepted Elphaba.

The pair begin their relationship at loggerheads, with Glinda vying for the attention of the rich, handsome Fiyero (Samuel Edwards) before eventually becoming the best of friends and fighting for the freedome of Oz.

The unlikely duo provide an excellent on-stage relationship, with jokes and quips flying back and forth between them, and some very good musical numbers with the vocal talents of Ashleigh Gray standing out in particular as she sings some powerful ballads.

The show provides some excellent visual moments too, with The Wizard (Steven Pinder) first appearing as a giant robot head, and an impressive red-eyed dragon suspended above the stage for the duration of the show.

Wicked will run at the Bristol Hippodrome until March 21 and tickets can be bought from www.atgtickets.com/shows/wicked/bristol-hippodrome or by calling 08448 713012. Ticket prices range from £20-£55 with premium seats available for £72.50 or £75.


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