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Wicked on Tour at the Mayflower, Southampton – Review

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October 9, 2018

Wicked is one of my favourite musicals and we were lucky to see it in the West End when Idina Menzel played the iconic role of Elphaba.
As the kids get older we are keen to introduce them to the delights of the theatre often play our favourite soundtracks in the house. Eliza has really caught the theatre bug now and has been nagging us to take her to see Wicked for 5 years (according to her), so when we discovered it was heading off on tour and coming to The Mayflower in Southampton, we bought our tickets.
If you are not familiar with the story of Wicked, it is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz which answers some of the big questions from the film. Why do monkey’s have wings, why is the Wicked Witch green, who are the Scarecrow and the Tin Man and is the Wicked Witch really……….. wicked?



If you are worried that it won’t match up to the West End production, then don’t. The sets immerse you straight into the magical world of Oz, with intricate detail and something to look at in every direction and the costumes were, as Eliza so eloquently put it,  “fantastical”.
Photo by Matt Crockett

Photo by Matt Crockett

Glinda (the Good Witch), played by Helen Wolff, arrives on stage in a bubble and is perfectly cast for this role, with her bubbling enthusiasm and comedic timing. Elphaba (the Wicked Witch), played by Amy Ross is her ideal opposite; sweet, well-meaning and misunderstood and the unlikely duo soon become the best of friends, after a bit of a rocky start.


The pair have very different voices but each suit their characters perfectly and when they perform their duets, it really does give you goosebumps. The highlight of the show for me was Glinda singing Popular and of course, Elphaba’s soaring rendition of Defying Gravity.
Defying Gravity

Photo by Matt Crockett

I really must give a shout out to the whole cast though, as they make the stars shine even brighter. Iddon Jones brought the loveable Boq to life, who is filled with unrequited love for Glinda, Fiyero (Aaron Sidwell ) relished his role as the charming prince, The Wizard, Dr Dillamond (Steven Pinder) and the dastardly Madame Morrible (Kim Ismay) are excellently played and delivered with gusto.
Wicked for me, is the perfect introduction to musicals for all the family and Eliza (7) sat transfixed throughout, although it can be quite dark in places which is worth bearing in mind if you want to take little ones, but there is plenty of humour too. Check out this review of Wicked by Laura from Max and Mummy who also took her young son.


Wicked on Tour is at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre until October 27 and tickets are still available, before it moves on to Wales, followed by Manchester.
If you are planning on going to see the show, be aware that there are extensive roadworks on the way to the theatre, so please make sure you leave in plenty of time. It normally takes us 45 minutes from Bournemouth, but took over 90 minutes to get there at the weekend.

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    Sarah Bailey

    October 9, 2018

    I saw Wicked in London just before my mobility went to pieces and it was AMAZING! It really is such a beautiful, fun, lively show, definitely one I would love to see again sometime.

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    October 9, 2018

    Oh this looks amazing – I am going to look out for it coming to Wales. Kaz

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    October 9, 2018

    I always read good things about Wicked. I haven’t seen it myself but I do enjoy the theatre

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    Emma Raphael

    October 10, 2018

    My daughter went to the West End to watch it for their end of term summer treat. She really didn’t want to go, but came back raving about it. I would like to see it now, and Southampton’s really not that far!

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    October 10, 2018

    I love Wicked and I would really love to take my eldest daughter to see it. Southampton isn’t that far from us.

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    Micaela Levachyov

    October 10, 2018

    I saw Wicked a long time ago in London and loved it! I really should see it again.

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    October 10, 2018

    I am still hoping to go see a show in theatre, Wicked is definitely on my list, i hope to see it soon

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    Laura Dove

    October 10, 2018

    Oh we saw this earlier this year and LOVED it! It is my all time favourite musical!

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    Curious and Geeks

    October 10, 2018

    My kids are a bit young for theaters. I tried taking my daughter to the cinema and spent 3/4 of the movie outside because she didn’t like the dark, the sound, the seat, etc.
    I haven’t watched Wicked it, but will plan a session without the kids!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    October 10, 2018

    The costume and cast are looking just fantastic! I’ve always wanted to catch Wicked and hope I do, it looks fabulous

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    Lynne Harper

    October 11, 2018

    Would you believe that I have never been to see a musical before. Its something that I have always wanted to go and see but just haven’t gotten round to it for one reason or another. This looks like a fantastic show 🙂

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    Melanie williams

    October 11, 2018

    Seen wicked on Broadway and it is amaze. So glad you enjoyed the show too and great to see it on tour x

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    Helen Clark

    October 11, 2018

    I LOVE Wicked! I saw it a long time ago in London and it’s still my favourite show I’ve seen. Its great its touring again, will have to see if it’s coming near me and see it again.

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    Rhian westbury

    October 11, 2018

    I had no idea that wicked was touring, that’s so exciting. I’ve seen it once before and it was amazing but I’m keen to go back and see it again x

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    October 11, 2018

    It sounds wonderful. Wicked is definitely at the top of our list of shows to see next. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t loved it.

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    Michelle Murray

    October 11, 2018

    This is my favourite musical ever. Seen it in the west end and on tour, absolutely amazing. The end of the first half had me in tears both times

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    October 11, 2018

    I’m off to see this next weekend as my hubby got me tickets for Christmas last year! I am SO excited!!

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    October 11, 2018

    It would be great to watch this in Manchester. Sounds amazing.

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    Jade Bremner

    October 12, 2018

    A friend of mine went to see wicked in Leeds she said it was good. I’m waiting for full blown panto season to start

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    October 12, 2018

    That looks like an incredible performance to see! I love all things Oz, so I know I’d love this too.

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    October 12, 2018

    I would LOVE to see Wicked! I have read the book and listen to the soundtrack on Spotify from time to time. I’m a bit jealous!

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